About the RCH nursing

  • Welcome to Nursing at The Royal Children's Hospital

    Nurses at The Royal Children's Hospital (RCH) provide Great Care to neonates, children, young people and their families in more than 60 different services.   We are committed to competency based practice and provide nurses with a comprehensive, individualized orientation program.  Nurses can develop their careers in Clinical Practice, Management, Education or Research and the Domains of Practice describe professional role expectations.  Opportunities for development are based on performance not tenure and our current nursing vacancies may be found on the RCH careers website.  

    What's new in nursing

    Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Nursing Development Scholarship

    Applications for the 2018 Dame Elisabeth Nursing Development Scholarship are now open.

    The application involves 3 forms, linked below. The Application, Head of Department Report and Referee Reports must all be completed in full and submitted by close of business September 22nd 2017 to be considered. 

    Key Dates: 
    Applications open: August 21st  - September 22nd 2017
    Interviews for successful applicants: Late October 2017
    Successful recipient notified: Late 2017

    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.

    Questions? Contact Nursing.Research@rch.org.au 

    Elizabeth Fearon Scholarship

    Applications for the 2018 Elizabeth Fearon Scholarship are now open.

    The application involves 3 forms, linked below. The Application, Head of Department Report and Referee Reports must all be completed in full and submitted by close of business September 29th 2017 to be considered. 

    Key dates:
    Applications open: August 28th - September 29th 2017
    Interviews for successful applicants: Early November 2017
    Successful recipient notified: Mid-November 2017

    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 $6,000 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).

    Questions? Contact Nursing.Research@rch.org.au 

    Standardising the Management & Leadership of Nursing teams

    In 2014 RCH Nursing Executive began working  with RCH Nurse Unit Managers (NUM) and Associate Nurse Unit Managers (ANUM) to understand their practice reality and to develop a shared vision of the management and leadership of nursing teams. NUM’s and ANUM’s were surveyed and then invited to attend focus groups. The information provided was themed and formed the basis of a project plan which was actioned by the NUM and ANUM working group. 

    Key achievements of the working group include;


    1. Implementation of NUM Mentoring Groups September 2015
    2. NUM Induction & Orientation Guide V2 June 2016
      a. Included in the guide is a detailed description of the agreed 16 Standards for Practice for Nurse Unit Managers, sitting within the five domains of professional practice. The standards describe the breadth and depth of professional responsibility for Nurse Unit Managers. The Standards have been developed to provide a framework for NUM’s to develop in their roles to manage and lead nurses 24/7, ensuring care provided is standardised and supports Great Care. 
    3. Standardised NUM position description May 2015
    4. Agreed five areas for NUM's to focus on standardizing leadership in 2015/2016 - to be audited in 2016/2017
      • Visiting hours procedure
      • Bi-monthly NUM/ANUM 1:1 meetings
      • Lead weekly ward/unit meetings
      • Review HDU criteria
      • Staff Wellness

    NUM Resources


    1. ANUM Induction & Orientation Guide V2 June 2016
    2. Standardised ANUM position description V2 June 2016
    3. Implementation of NUM/ANUM 1:1 bi-monthly meetings using the Domains of Practice Framework November 2015.  To be audited in 2016/2017.

    ANUM Resources


    The development of these resources is the next step in achieving our vision, clarifying the role of the Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) as the pinnacle in point of care nursing practice.   The guide provides NUM and applicants with clear organisational expectations of the CNS role.   

    1. Development of Clinical Nurse Specialist application guide June 2016
    2. Standardized Clinical Nurse Specialist position description June 2016

    CNS Resources