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  • Welcome to Nursing at The Royal Children's Hospital

    For 140 years Nurses have been providing leadership in paediatric nursing at The Royal Children's Hospital (RCH).    Nursing practice occurs in inpatient, outpatient, ambulatory care and community settings and we welcome nurses with all levels of skills, knowledge and experience into our teams. 

    We are committed to competency based practice and provide nurses with a comprehensive, individualized orientation and familiarization programme and you can explore the opportunities on own career's website. 

    Nursing Competency Framework 

    The Royal Children's Hospital (RCH) Nursing Competency Framework outlines the characteristics of a competent nursing workforce that guide safe neonatal, child and adolescent nursing practice within RCH. All nurses at RCH will participate in the nursing competency framework and this organizational wide approach will support excellence in clinical nursing practice.  

    The framework is evidenced based and makes explicit the expected standard of nursing care in RCH, supports nurses to develop the specialized knowledge and skills, develops and values the essence of nursing within RCH nursing.

    Familiarization is a specified period of induction, supernumerary and orientation time that enables nursing staff to adapt efficiently to a new work environment. The speed at which nurses attain a minimum competence in the specialty occurs over a variable period of time during the familiarization period.  Nursing familiarization at RCH occurs over a ten week time frame. During this time intensive commitment to competency achievement and planning is required by all parties. Experienced nurses will obtain recognition for their prior learning and experience. 

    During familiarization nurses are provided with structured support and guidance to ensure that they are able to develop and demonstrate the necessary competencies to meet their patient's care needs in a safe, competent and culturally responsive manner. The familiarization period is formally concluded at ten weeks and evaluated with a performance by the Manager, involving input from the preceptor. The performance reviews includes:

    • Achievement of RCH mandatory training
    • Achievement of RCH generic/familiarization competencies
    • Goal setting for the following 10 months, including agreed timelines for competency achievement, professional development plan, annual leave plan and review dates over the next 10 months

    Nursing Competency Framework Resources

    Professional Practice Portfolios (PPP)

    As of the 1st July 2009 all nurses will be required to provide evidence of continuing professional development.    Continuing professional development (CPD)  is the means by which nurses maintain, improve and broaden their knowledge, expertise and competence and also develop the personal and professional qualities required throughout their professional lives (AHPRA).

    Nurses are required to complete 20 hours of CPD per year and need to keep evidence or proof of the past 3 years CPD activities for audit purposes.   The 'year' is 12 months from your registration date.

    CPD records need to include dates, description of the outcome, number of hours spend in the activity and verification. Further information about CPD can be online at the CPD frequently asked questions link;  Continuing Professional Development (CPD) frequently asked questions - Nursing & Midwifery Board of Australia

    At the RCH, all nurses need to provide proof of ongoing professional development in the form of a  professional practice portfolio (PPP) and the following template has been developed to provide assistance and guidance::

    Further resources can be found at:


    2014 Nursing Research and Clinical Innovations Symposium

    The Nursing Research Department is excited to support the 2014 Nursing Research and Clinical Innovations Symposium, a collaboration between The Royal Children's Hospital, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and the University of Melbourne.

    More information on the symposium can be found here:

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