In this section
Nursing Education Calendar
Nursing Competency Framework & Workbooks
The Foundation of Paediatrics Program
Introduction to Paediatric Specialties Program
Child Health Assessment Program
Recognising & Responding to the Deteriorating Child Workshop
Graduate Nurse Program
All RCH Nurses and midwives who are registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (National Board) are expected to do a minimum number of continuing professional development (CPD) hours directly relevant to their context of practice each year. The Nursing and Midwifery Board have prepared a frequently asked questions (FAQ) document that answers common queries that you might have about CPD. RCH nursing services recommend that you regularly update your own CPD record sheet and have provided a template that you can use as part of your own professional practice portfolio.
Applications for the 2016 Dame
Elisabeth Nursing Development Scholarship will be open August 3rd -
Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Nursing Development Scholarship offers a unique career development
opportunity for an outstanding RCH nurse while helping achieve the RCH vision
of being a "Great Children's Hospital". The annual scholarship of
$50,000 funds a period of time spent abroad exploring practice and may also
include an appropriate study program. The recipient returns to the RCH to share
the knowledge and experience with RCH colleagues and enhance the delivery of
nursing care to patients and families.
Dame Elisabeth Murdoch AC DBE, generously gave her name in perpetuity in
support of this scholarship and the advancement of nursing at RCH. Dame
Elisabeth was associated with the RCH for 80 years and in that time
demonstrated her commitment and dedication to the care, health and well being
of the children of Victoria and beyond. The funding for the scholarship is
kindly provided by the fundraising efforts of the RCH Auxiliaries.
For all queries please contact Nursing.Research@rch.org.au.
the 2016 Elizabeth Fearon Scholarship will be open August 3rd -
This scholarship is an annual
endowment provided by the RCH League of Former Trainees and Associates (LOFT)
to support the integration of research processes into nursing practice at RCH
to support improved outcomes for patients and families. Elizabeth
Fearon was a trainee of the hospital and a Ward Sister in Pelham Street,
Carlton. On transfer of the hospital to Parkville, Elizabeth initiated the Day
Surgery Unit and continued her role as a teacher and mentor. Elizabeth was
greatly respected not only for her kindness, but her wisdom and learning. This
scholarship is given in her name as an appropriate memorial to her legacy.
sum of $5000 will be awarded to a current nursing employee to support
paediatric research within a higher degree OR for research within a clinical
position or clinical unit to improve patient outcomes. To be eligible
candidates must be currently employed at the Royal Children's Hospital as a
Registered or Enrolled Nurse, have developed a project plan reflecting a
research question from clinical practice, and have support from all relevant
managers for the project (i.e. NUM, Director of Clinical Operations).
For all queries please
APPLICATIONS FOR THE POSTGRADUATE NURSING SCHOLARSHIPS FOR POSTGRADUATE STUDIES IN SEMESTER 2, 2015, ARE NOW CLOSED AND ALL SCHOLARSHIP PARTICIPANTS INFORMED.
Please click here for all information relating to the application process and application form (you will need both documents to assist you in applying)
If you have any queries regarding the Postgraduate Nursing Scholarship please contact the Nursing Education office at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 9345 6716.
Applications are now open for the 2016 program. For application details please refer to the Graduate Nurse Program page
The Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice specialty qualifications will be delivered by " Centres of Excellence" in partnership with the University of Melbourne from January 2015.
Detailed information on specialty courses courses can be found here:
Information about enrolling and completing a Graduate Diploma Nursing Practice (Mental Health) or Master of Advanced Nursing Practice can be found here; http://nursing.unimelb.edu.au/future_students/specialty_and_advanced_practice/manp
The Nursing and Midwifery Board are responsible for the regulation of nurses and midwives in Australia and as such set the standard by which performance is assessed in order for registration to be obtained in Australia. The four scopes of practice are available as individual documents on theNursing and Midwifery Board's guideline page.
The Nursing Competency & Capability Workbook provides a comprehensive overview of the RCH Nursing Competency & Capability Framework and includes many of the resources and tools to support nurses in the attainment and demonstration of competence.
Chapter 1 - Introduction
Chapter 1 introduces the RCH Nursing Competency & Capability Framework, the Nursing Pathway and provides an overview of key clinical areas and nursing positions at The RCH.
Chapter 2 - Generic Competencies
Chapter 2 contains competencies for the use of all nurses working in direct patient care, regardless of area of specialty. By clearly setting expectation's for the standards of care at the RCH, the use and completion of these competencies assist in guiding safe neonatal, child and adolescent nursing practice.
Chapter 3 - Specialty Competencies
Chapter 3 contains competency assessment forms for specialty practice. It builds on the competencies contained in Chapter 2 by making explicit the expectation's of nurses working in designated areas. In addition to being available as a chapter for a designated area, specialty competency assessment forms are available individually. As nurses move to a new specialty they are able to add a new Chapter 3 to their workbook. Should a particular need be identified in a designated area, an individual assessment form from another specialty may be added.
Appendix 1 - Unit orientation
Appendix 1 provides orientation information for key clinical areas. Each clinical area has its own Appendix 1 to guide and support new nursing staff.
Appendix 2 is an index of ALL specialty competencies, including which designated areas the competencies are relevant for.
* Nursing Competency renamed March 2015 to Nursing Competency & Capability