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.
The Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Nursing Development Scholarship offers a unique opportunity for an outstanding Royal Children's Hospital (RCH) nurse to further develop their career, while helping us achieve our vision of being a "Great Children's Hospital". To achieve this vision, our nursing staff need to be well informed of current and innovative practices and models of care both in Australia and internationally. Nurses at the RCH benefit from benchmarking their practices against the finest healthcare organisations around the globe.
Applications for the 2014 Scholarship are now closed.
To apply, please complete the Application Form and arrange for 2 referees (one of whom must be your direct clinical manager) to complete the relevant referee reports . Shortlisted applications will be invited to interview where they are required to present a 10 minute overview of how the scholarship will support their professional development and value-add to practice at the RCH.
Support in preparing your application can be sought from the Nursing Research department. Appointments for support can be booked by calling 9345 6716.
The recipient of the Dame Elisabeth Nursing Development Scholarship will benefit from:
Dame Elisabeth Murdoch AC DBE, has generously given her name in perpetuity in support of this scholarship and the advancement of nursing at RCH. Dame Elisabeth has been associated with the RCH since 1933 and has 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.
The recipient for the 2013 scholarship was Ms Sally Lima
Previous scholarship recipients:
2012 - Dr Sharon Kinney
2011 - Ms Lisa Tackas
2010 - Ms Sharon Downes
The Elizabeth Fearon Scholarship is an annual award of $5000, offered by the Royal Children's Hospital League of Former Trainees & Associates (LOFT). The scholarship aims to improve outcomes for paediatric patients through supporting the integration of research processes into nursing practice at the RCH.
Applications for the 2014 Scholarship are NOW CLOSED.
To apply, please complete the Application Form and arrange for 2 referees (one of whom must be your direct clinical manager) to complete the relevant referee reports. Shortlisted applications will be invited to interview.
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:
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::
2013 PPP Nursing CPD Record Sheet
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