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Enrolled Nurses

  • Enrolled Nurse Transition to Paediatrics Program

    The RCH Enrolled Nurse (EN) Transition to Practice Program offers a valuable opportunity for enrolled nurses in their first year of practice. Participants undertake a structured, 12-month program which supports their transition in a unique and world class paediatric healthcare setting in a safe and supportive environment.  Consisting of a single clinical rotation supported by 8 professional development days, completion of the RCH Enrolled Nurse Competency Framework and underpinned by a preceptorship model of supervision, this program plays a vital role in the ongoing development of the RCH nursing workforce.

    Rotations offered

    Cockatoo (Surgical and Neuroscience Care)

    Cockatoo cares for patients aged from infancy to adolescence. The clinical staff provide comprehensive care to patients with neurological, neurosurgical, metabolic, Endocrine and complex gastroenterology and hepatology conditions.

    Koala (Cardiac Care) 

    Koala provides specialist care for patients with both cardiac and renal conditions. Patients of all ages ranging from newborns through to adolescents receive specialist cardiac treatments including cardiac surgery, medical therapies and electrophysiology. We also care for patients with a range of kidney problems managed both medically and surgically, and with renal replacement therapies of haemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis and renal transplantation.

    Koala are proud to be a National Funded Centre in a variety of areas including:

    • Paediatric heart transplantation
    • Pulmonary hypertension management
    • Hypoplastic left heart syndrome
    • Paediatricventricular assist devices (including both Berlin Heart and Heartware)

    Kookaburra (Cancer Care)

    Kookaburra is part of the RCH Children's Cancer Centre (CCC) – the largest partner in the Victorian Paediatric Integrated Cancer Services (PICS), and the only provider of complex children's cancer care and stem cell transplantation in Victoria. Kookaburra treats all forms of childhood cancer including Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia, Acute Myeloid Leukaemia, Osteosarcoma, Neuroblastoma, Rhabdomyosarcoma, Ewing’s Sarcoma, all forms of brain cancer and others.

    Kelpie (Adolescent, oncology and rehabilitation)

    Kelpie delivers developmentally appropriate inpatient care and treatment to children and adolescents between the ages of 2 and 20 with acute and chronic health issues. The ward's multi-disciplinary model of care involves physical care, treatment, emotional support, advocacy and education.

    Kelpie has three specialties:

    • Adolescent medicine – specialising in the care of patients with eating disorders 12 years of age and over.
    • Oncology – treating a wide range of childhood cancers including, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia, Osteosarcoma and Ewing’s Sarcoma in patients six years of age and over.
    • Rehabilitation – providing rehabilitation to improve the abilities of patients two years of age and over following major injury, illness or medical procedures.

    Sugar glider (Medical Care)

    Sugar Glider is a specialist medical unit where a multidisciplinary team cares for children and infants with a diverse range of acute and chronic illnesses.

    The unit has four medical specialities:

    • General medicine
    • Respiratory medicine
    • ENT
    • Neurodevelopmental disability

    Within these disciplines Sugar Glider cares for a variety of clinical conditions such as bronchiolitis, croup and asthma through to chronic conditions such as Cystic Fibrosis. Children who have a tracheostomy are cared for on the unit. Sugar Glider is also home to children who require ongoing ventilatory support such as CPAP, BiPAP and full ventilation via tracheostomy. In conjunction with the department of respiratory medicine sleep studies are conducted on this unit.


    Key contacts

    Nurse Educator, Enrolled Nurse Program

    Claudia Barriga
    Telephone: 9345 6716

    Administrator, Nursing Education

    Chrissy Temperley and/or Ellie Codman
    Telephone: 9345 6716