About RCH Nursing

  • 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 careers website.  

    What's new 

    Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Nursing Development Scholarship 2015 - Applications now open

    The Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Nursing Development Scholarship offers a unique career development opportunity for an outstanding RCH nurse while helping to achieve the RCH vision of being a great children's hospital. An annual award of $50,000 funds a period of time spent abroad exploring practice, and may also include an appropriate study program.

    Applications are now open and must be submitted by Friday 29 August 2014.  Please click here for further information.

    Elizabeth Fearon Scholarship 2015 - Applications now open

    The Elizabeth Fearon Scholarship is an annual award of $5,000 provided by the RCH League of Former Trainees & Associates (LOFT). It is offered to support the integration of research process into nursing practice to support improved outcomes for patients and families of RCH. 

    Applications are now open and must be submitted by Friday 12 September 2014. Please click here for further information.

    2014 Nursing Research and Clinical Innovation's Symposium

    The Nursing Research Department is excited to support the 2014 Nursing Research and Clinical Innovation's 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: www.rch.org.au/nursing_research/Nursing_Research_and_Clinical_Innovation's_Symposium/

    Nursing Titles, Appointments & Credentially Committee (NTACC)

    The Nursing Titles, Appointments and Credentialing Committee (NTAAC) was formed in December 2012. The Procedure for the Committee and Terms of Reference are located on the RCH Policy and Procedures webpage. 

    The Committee provides position description authorisation, titling, classification, credentialing, recruiting and appointment of nursing to management, clinical practice, education, research and honorary roles Grade 3 and greater as outlined in the Nursing EBA 2012-2016.  If you have any questions or comments regarding the committee please forward them to Cate.Harris@rch.org.au

    NUM / ANUM Workshops

    In March 2014 Nursing Executive surveyed Nurse Unit Managers (NUM) and Associate Nurse Unit Managers(ANUM)  to better understand the;

    • Domains of Practice of nursing management roles in RCH
    • Improve the induction, orientation and ongoing  support of nurses in the roles

    The survey demonstrated that while we have much in common there are still significant differences in the management and leadership of nursing teams.  During July and August 2014, Clinical Nurse Consultant Research, Sally Lima is running seven workshops to explore with NUMs, ANUMs, Nursing Hospital Managers and members of Nursing Executive how we reduce variation in the leadership and management of nursing teams while standardising the induction ,orientation and support to nursing management roles.  

    Feedback on this work will occur at the monthly Executive Director of Nursing Forum however if you have comments or questions please forward them to Sally.Lima@rch.org.au

    Clinical Supervision for Advanced Practice Nurses Working Group

    Since February 2014, fifteen APNs have been working with the Executive Director of Nursing Services and the Centre for Psychiatric Nursing at the University of Melbourne to develop a proposal to pilot clinical supervision for APNs in RCH.  The pilot is based on the work of Proctor, will accommodate 48 APNs and evaluation of the pilot will occur 6 months post implementation.  The vision of the pilot is to build internal capacity to expand clinical supervision to all APNs across RCH in 2015. 

    Calls for expressions of interest in the pilot are now being accepted. For more information including an application see the page: Clinical Supervision for Advanced Practice Nurses.

    If you have any comments or questions on the proposal please forward to Sally.Lima@rch.org.au

    Nursing & Allied Health Education & Training Committee

    The Nursing & Allied Health Education and Training committee was developed in early 2014 and authorises the content development, delivery and maintenance of nursing and allied health education and training.   The committee ensures that the content of education and training  is contemporary and aligns with the organisations business and strategic plans.       The submission form can be found here and once completed returned to the committee via email  ah-nursing@rch.org.au