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Clinical Guidelines (Nursing)

About Clinical Guidelines (nursing)

  • There are two groups at the RCH involved in the development of Guidelines: Nursing Clinical Guidelines and Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs). Nursing Clinical guidelines are overseen by the Nursing Clinical Effectiveness Committee which was established by Nursing Services to support the development and revision of evidence based guidelines supporting nursing practice across the RCH campus. Whilst both groups work collaboratively each group has a different development process. The Clinical Practice Guideline group generally produce guidelines for the emergency and/or acute management of paediatric patients. The steps for guideline development for each group are outlined as per the following links:

    In addition to the guidelines, there are also polices and procedures (https://www.rch.org.au/policy/). 

    The table below summarises the characteristics and scope of RCH based Policies, Procedures, Nursing Clinical Guidelines and Clinical Practice Guidelines.

     Policy  Procedure  Nursing Clinical Guideline
    Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG)
    • This is what we want to achieve. It reflects the organisation's position on an issue and must be adhered to by all staff within the organisation. Policies must be consistent with internal (corporate and clinical governance) and external (legislation or acts) requirements and organisational objectives.
    • This is how we want to achieve it. It contains recommended steps that should be followed in a specified situation. Procedures may be developed in conjunction with a clinical guideline or independently.
    • RCH specific
    • Presents recommendations for RCH practice utilising evidence-based principles
    • Paediatric specific
    • Presents evidence-based recommendations for the provision of paediatric care


    Nursing Clinical Guidelines, previously known as Hospital Guidelines, are most frequently used to support and guide Nursing practice at RCH.

    All Nursing Clinical Guidelines:

    • are specific to RCH
    • are created according to standardised proforma
    • are evidence-based
    • have specified creation and revision dates
    • summarise stakeholder contribution and approval
    • are developed, revised and ratified via the  Nursing Clinical Effectiveness Committee