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Entry To Practice Nurses

  • For staff and universities

    Undergraduate nurse clinical placement

    The Royal Children's Hospital (RCH) is committed to the undergraduate nurse program and to providing supported learning opportunities for undergraduate nurses in a paediatric acute and/or sub-acute care clinical setting.

    This is an opportunity for students to consolidate their knowledge and work towards clinical competency.

    Clinical education will be facilitated either by a ward based Preceptor or Clinical Educator of the RCH. Nursing students are provided with the opportunity to care for children and families in a supportive learning environment. This support will provide students with feedback about development of their nursing knowledge and skills while in a practice setting.

    Expressions of interest for undergraduate student clinical placements should be submitted to the nurse educator, undergraduate nurses by 31 July for consideration for placement in the following year.

    The RCH supports placements for Victorian students, from a range of tertiary institutions.  All placements are to be negotiated between the University and the RCH, via Placeright and require a signed Student Clinical Placement Agreement between both parties.

    Clinical placement manual

    The goal of the Clinical placement Manual is to provide a clear and comprehensive document that will outline the start to end process and guidelines, which govern the clinical placement for Undergraduate nursing students at the RCH.

    Undergraduate nursing student's scope of practice

    All undergraduate nursing students who undertake a clinical placement at the RCH are final year students and as such will have a much broader scope of practice due to their advanced level of learning. Conversely, the students who have a placement at the RCH need to recognise that their previous learning in an adult environment will need to be adapted to working within a paediatric environment. It is for this reason that the RCH have defined a scope of practice specifically for nursing students working within a paediatric setting. This will help all who are involved in working with the students to have a clear definition of what the students are able to engage in and in turn will enhance the students learning experience while at the RCH.

    Incident management

    The purpose of this procedure is to provide a clear framework for Preceptors, the Nursing Education Team and Nurse Unit Managers in the management and reporting of incidents in relation to undergraduate nursing students while on clinical placement at the RCH.

    Management of performance concerns

    The purpose of this procedure is to provide a framework for Preceptors, the Nursing Education Team and the Nurse Educator, Undergraduates in the management and reporting of performance concerns encountered with undergraduate nursing students completing a clinical placement at the RCH.

    Required university forms

    Once universities have been advised in October of their clinical placement number allocations for the following year, they are required to complete and sign the 'confirmation of numbers form' and return to nursing education department either by email or hard copy before 30 November each year.

    It is a requirement that each university completes and returns the below two forms three weeks prior to their students commencing each block of their undergraduate nursing clinical placement.

    • University declaration form
    • Student and ward allocation sheet

    For students

    It is highly recommended that all undergraduate nursing read the below information and access the RCH student orientation website (link to another RCH webpage) prior to commencing clinical placement.

    Undergraduate student clinical placements

    The RCH is committed to the undergraduate nurse program and to provide learning opportunities for undergraduate nurses in an acute and sub-acute care clinical setting, with a supportive environment.

    This is an opportunity for students to consolidate their knowledge and work towards clinical competency.

    Clinical education will be facilitated either by a ward based preceptor, or clinical educator of the RCH. Nursing students are provided with the opportunity to care for children and families in a supportive learning environment. This support will provide students with feedback about development of their nursing knowledge and skills while in a practice setting.

    Expressions of interest for undergraduate student clinical placements should be submitted to the nurse educator, undergraduate nurses by 31 July for consideration for placement in the following year.

    The RCH supports placements for Victorian students, from a range of tertiary institutions. All placements are to be arranged between the University and the RCH and require a signed Student Clinical Placement Agreement between both parties.

    Orientation program

    University students must attend an Orientation Day session upon commencement of their clinical placement:  

    Required student documents

    It is a requirement of each students bring the following forms and documents which are completed and handed to the Educator when they attend the Orientation Day Session:

    Expectations of students

    • An orientation day must be attended prior to commencing your clinical placement (read above)
    • Student to bring the required and completed documentation with them to their Orientation Day Session
    • Mobile telephones must not be carried on you throughout any of your shifts
    • Understand and respect patient rights
    • Maintain patient confidentiality at all times 
    • Introduce yourself to the patient and family of whom you are caring for and ensure they are aware you will be participating in their care for that shift. This exchange also needs to be clearly documented in the patient notes
    • Be punctual and courteous at all times
    • Adhere to the RCH Code of Conduct
    • Adhere to the RCH OH&S policy
    • Adhere to professional codes of conduct in appearance
    • University uniform is compulsory and to be worn in areas of direct contact with patients and the public
    • Student identification is required to be worn at all times by all visiting students
    • Advise the Preceptor if you are going to be late or unable to attend any shift
    • Have the recommended immunisations, these are advised in the Undergraduate Nurse Clinical Booklet and communicated to the University
    • Carry your Working with Children Check on you at all times
    • Be appropriately equipped e.g. watch, pens, scissors etc
    • Be appropriately prepared for your clinical experience e.g. completed learning for clinical placement
    • Discuss any absence from the ward beforehand with your Preceptor to ensure that patient care is not compromised
    • Familiarise yourself with the hospital's Policies and Procedures

    Rosters will encompass full rotating shifts including mornings, afternoon, night duty and weekend shifts

    Your rosters will be distributed on your first day of clinical placement.

    • As a member of our team, you will play an important role in ensuring that we achieve the expected high standards of service
    • Take pride in the service you provide our patients and families, your presentation and the ward that you are representing
    • Work as part of a team. Respect and support your fellow team members demonstrating positive, friendly and enthusiastic interaction at all times when on duty
    • Seek advice, assistance and support of your fellow team members when required

    Undergraduate nursing student's scope of practice

    All undergraduate nursing students who undertake a clinical placement at the RCHare final year students and as such will have a much broader scope of practice due to their advanced level of learning. Conversely, the students who have a placement at the RCH need to recognise that their previous learning in an adult environment will need to be adapted to working within a paediatric environment. It is for this reason that the RCH have defined a scope of practice specifically for nursing students working within a paediatric setting. This will help all who are involved in working with the students to have a clear definition of what the students are able to engage in and in turn will enhance the students learning experience while at the RCH.

    Conclusion of clinical placement

    Once students have completed their clinical placement they are required to have their completed clinical assessment documentation sighted and signed by their Clinical Support Nurse or Nurse Educator. The student is then responsible for returning their student lanyard and access card to the Nursing Education Department. 

    Following the conclusion of clinical placements, students will be invited to complete a clinical placement feedback form via email.

    RCH wards

    Car parking

    Limited Car Parking is available on Flemington Road (at a small cost)

    The RCH's guide for car parking (this is a link to another RCH webpage) provides information regarding the hospital car park.

    Key contact

    Please see the above ward links for contact details of each ward.

    Nurse Educator, Entry to Practice Nurses

    Danica Van Den Dungen
    Telephone: 9345 5775  
    Email: danica.vandendungen3@rch.org.au

    Universities only are to make contact with the Nurse Educator for any information or documentation regarding clinical placements. Students should make contact with their respective University.