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.  

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    Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Nursing Development Scholarship 2016

    Applications for the 2016 Dame Elisabeth Nursing Development Scholarship will be open August 3rd - 28th 2015.

    The 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


    Elizabeth Fearon Scholarship 2016

    Applications for the 2016 Elizabeth Fearon Scholarship will be open August 3rd - 28th 2015. 

    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.

    The 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 contact Nursing.Research@rch.org.au


    Postgraduate Nursing Scholarships

    APPLICATIONS FOR THE POSTGRADUATE NURSING SCHOLARSHIP FOR STUDIES IN SEMESTER 1, 2015 ARE NOW OPEN & CLOSE ON FRIDAY 5 DECEMBER.

    Funded through donations made the Royal Children's Hospital Foundation, the Postgraduate Nursing Scholarships are offered to provide financial assistance for coursework fees associated with postgraduate nursing education.

    Visit the Nursing Education page for further information on eligibility criteria and application requirements.


    Nursing Titles, Appointments & Credentialing 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


    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.