Transition to Professional Practice Program for Registered Nurses 2016
"Take your first steps in Paediatric Nursing with us!"
The Women's and Children's Health Network is South Australia's leading provider of health services to babies, children, young people and women. The Women's and Children's Hospital provides specialist health care services to children and young people with acute and chronic conditions. The hospital also provides the state's largest neonatal, maternity and obstetric service.
The Transition to Professional Practice Program (TPPP RN) at the Women's and Children's Hospital provides the newly Registered Nurse with an opportunity to gain Paediatric experience, knowledge and clinical skills as they "Take their first steps in Paediatric Nursing". Two program options are available including:
At the Women's and Children's Hospital we recognise the first year of professional practice is an exciting (but sometimes challenging) time for new nurses. Our program curriculum is based on the principles of the Transition Theory (Stages and Shock models) created by Dr Judy Boychuk Duchscher (2007) with the aim of ensuring that the new Registered Nurse is supported throughout their transition journey.
Feedback From Previous TPPP RN’s
All Registered Nurses participating in the TPPP RN are provided with comprehensive support from a variety of people including:
All program options provide:
Dedicated Paediatric Program
A dedicated Paediatric Program will provide new Registered Nurses with a comprehensive Paediatric experience during their first year of practice. Two placements will be offered within the Women's and Children's Hospital. Participants in this program will also attend the Introduction to Paediatrics modules throughout the year.
Dedicated Perioperative Program
The Dedicated Perioperative Program provides a unique opportunity for transitioning Nurses who have an interest in this specialised area of Nursing. Participants have the option to choose a twelve month placement in either Recovery and Anaesthetics or Scrub/Scout Please see 'Clinical Placement Opportunities' below for more information about these areas.
Clinical Placement Opportunities
Clinical placements are conducted in the Medical and Surgical wards and various specialty areas allowing the new Registered Nurse to develop a wide range of Paediatric nursing skills. Placements in 2016 may include:
Positions will be offered at 0.84FTE (or full time in selected areas)
See below for more details of each placement option.
Paediatric Surgical Services
Paediatric Surgical Services provides many dynamic learning opportunities for Graduate Nurses in the areas of orthopaedics, burns, neurosurgery, craniofacial, ophthalmology, ENT (ear, nose and throat), urology, plastic, minor cardiac and general surgery.
Kate Hill Ward
Paediatric Surgical Ambulatory Service
Day of Surgery Admissions Area
Paediatric Day Surgery Unit
Recovery and Anaesthetics
Division of Paediatric Medicine
The Division of Paediatric Medicine provides many dynamic learning opportunities for Graduate Nurses in the areas of General Medicine, Respiratory, Endocrine, Metabolic, Cardiac, Renal, Gastroenterology, Neurology, Haematology, Oncology, Rheumatology, Immunology, Dermatology and Child Protection.
Opportunities are provided to work in the following areas of the division: Medical 1 Ward, Cassia Ward, Paediatric Emergency Department, Department of Paediatric Critical Care, Adolescent ward and Rose ward (neonates and infants to 1 year of age).
Medical 1 Ward
Paediatric Emergency Department
Paediatric of Critical Care Medicine (PICU and PHDU)
Michael Rice Centre for Haematology/Oncology
Michael Rice Ward is an 9 bed acute ward caring for Oncology and Haematology patients. The majority of patients are admitted for the following reasons::
The Little Heroes Clinic (Outpatients) occurs daily and cares for patients requiring planned and emergency review and/or treatment. Oncology patients may be admitted to the Little Heroes clinic as day patients for some phases of treatment. The clinic is staffed from 0830-1700, Monday to Friday and manages triage calls and admissions during these hours.
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)
Boylan ward is a 12 bed unit of the Division of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. It provides an inpatient environment where clients up to the age of 18 years can work through their mental health issues with the assistance of a specialist multidisciplinary team that are experienced in supporting young people and their families. This is a state wide facility and provides a unique experience for graduates to work with experienced mental health nurses in this specialist area.
A placement in Boylan Ward includes providing individual care to the patients, involvement in family therapy, group participation and collaborative liaison with various community services and schools. You will also become familiar with the numerous Acts and legislations that apply to this area.
Boylan ward also supports the Graduate Diploma of Mental Health Nursing for Registered Nurses seeking to become Registered Mental Health Nurses.
Women's and Babies Division (WABS)
Opportunities exist for Graduate Nurses to complete placements in selected units within the Women's and Babies Division. (Please note that positions in the nurseries will be offered at 0.84 FTE only).
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is responsible for the provision of care for babies in need of intensive (Level 6) care born at the WCH, or elsewhere in South Australia, the Northern Territory, Western Victoria and the far west of New South Wales. It can accommodate up to 16 neonates requiring respiratory support, central line management and continuous observation. Gestational ages range from 23 to 42 weeks. Programs supported by NICU are the Graduate Certificate of Health/Master of Clinical Nursing Neonatal Intensive Care, the Graduate Midwifery Program, the Graduate Nurse Program and the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner role.
Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU)
SCBU is divided into 3 nurseries and a Parenting Unit. This unit manages preterm neonates from as early as 32 weeks gestation to 'Term' neonates (ie. 37 weeks - 42 week gestation). Neonates may be admitted from all areas of the WABS division as well as retrievals/transfers from outlying hospitals and occasionally neonates from home. SCBU assists Medstar with the transfers of Newborns - Neonates to outlying hospitals once their condition stabilises.
SCBU also offers a Nursery Domiciliary service and the unique Neonatal Early Discharge Program or NED. NED allows neonates to be discharged home on gavage feeds performed by parents with close follow up by nursery staff.
Education programs supported by SCBU are the Transition to Nurse Practice, the Transition to Midwifery Practice, the Neonatal Special Care Course, Refresher/Re-entry Midwives, Aboriginal Maternal and Infant Care Workers, Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) Student Midwives. Assistants in Midwifery and Enrolled Nurses are also employed in the unit.
Educational Opportunities and Ongoing Career Development
New Registered Nurses are provided with a comprehensive orientation to the organisation at the beginning of the program and to the clinical environments at the commencement of each clinical placement.
All TPPP RN's will attend the Introduction to Paediatrics course which provides an overview of the fundamentals of Paediatric nursing. Dedicated program participants will complete all 4 modules. These study days are also complimented by unit specific education opportunities and other hospital activities.
Specific TPPP RN education sessions are also held every Wednesday of the month. These opportunities allow participants to debrief and develop further clinical knowledge and critical thinking skills.
Following a TPPP RN, employees can access a wide range of educational activities and opportunities to further their Paediatric career.
Clinical feedback forms are completed within the TPPP RN, allowing the Registered Nurse to monitor their progress and clinical development across the year.
Working Hours and Starting Dates
Contracts at the Women's and Children's Hospital will be offered as 0.84FTE - 4 days per week (or 1.0FTE in selected areas). All placements require participants to work over a 7 day roster on all shifts. (Nurses completing a theatre placement will work all shifts over a 5 day roster).
Proposed starting dates for 2016 are listed below (please note these are subject to final confirmation, more details will be available at the Information Session in July).
Please note the proposed start dates below when considering a program option - remember you MUST be registered BEFORE starting your TPPP.
1st February 2015 - Dedicated Paediatric Program (including Dedicated Theatre positions)
22nd February 2015 - Dedicated Paediatric Program
The TPPP-RN Information Session was held on 23rd July 2015 in the Queen Victoria Lecture Theatre, Level 1 Zone D. Participants were given the opportunity to meet with ward based educators, previous participants and the Transition to Practice Coordinator to discuss the program.
WCH Map (250kb)
Completion of Program
A celebration ceremony is held each year for Registered Nurses who have completed their Transition to Professional Practice Program.
Applying for the Program
Recruitment to 2016 SA Health Transition to Professional Practice Programs will be done via a centralised process. For more detailed information regarding the application process, please visit the SA Health Careers site and search for RN TPPP 2016.
For further information about the Transition to Professional Practice Program for Registered Nurses at the Women's and Children's Hospital, please contact
Nurses and Midwives are able to access ongoing professional development the through the WCHN
last modified: 31 Mar 2016