Transition to Professional Practice
Program for Registered Nurses 2014
"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 during their first year of practice. Various 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) timeÂ 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. Â Â Â Â
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 Paediatric study days throughout the year.
Collaborative Paediatric/Adult Program (WCH/RAH)
A Collaborative Paediatric/Adult Program will give new Registered Nurses the opportunity to experience a paediatric placement at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital and an adult placement at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. Participants will attend relevant study days at each organisation during their placements.
Dedicated Perioperative Program
In 2014 a dedicated Perioperative Program will be available. This option will offer either a twelve month rotation within Recovery and Anaesthetics or a twelve month rotation within the Scrub/Scout area. Please see ‘Clinical Placement Opportunities’ below for more information about these specialty 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 2014 may include:
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.
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 and Neurology.
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 Centre ward is an 8 bed acute ward caring for Oncology and Haematology patients. The majority of patients are admitted for the following reasons:
The Michael Rice Centre Clinic (Outpatients) occurs daily and cares for patients requiring planned and emergency review and/or treatment. Oncology patients may be admitted to the 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 Â inpatient environment where clients up to the age of 18 yearsÂ 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
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 â€“ 42 week gestation).Â 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 â€“ 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 Paediatric Foundation Studies course which provides an introduction to Paediatric nursing. Dedicated program participants will complete the 5 modules. Collaborative program participants will complete the initial modules with the opportunity to complete the remaining study days following their TPPP RN. 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 1.0FTE, i.e. full time rostered over 7 days.
A minimum part-time placement of 0.84 FTE , i.e., 4 days per week over 7 days may be negotiated if circumstances are warranted. Proposed starting dates for 2014 are as follows (please note these are subject to final confirmation)
Please note the dates below when considering a program and commencement
12th January 2014 Collaborative Program
12th January 2014 Dedicated Paediatric Program
2nd February 2014 Dedicated Paediatric Program (including 1 Dedicated RA Program)
23rd February 2014 Dedicated Paediatric Program (including 1 Dedicated Theatre Program)
The TPPP-RN Information Session will be held on 25th July 2013 1400-1600 in the Queen Victoria Lecture Theatre. Participants will be given the opportunity to meet with ward based educators and the Transition to Practice Coordinator to discuss the program. RSVP is not required
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Completion of Program
A ceremony is held each February for Registered Nurses who have completed their Transition to Professional Practice Program
Applying for the Program
Recruitment to 2014 SA Health Transition to Professional Practice Programs will be done via a centralised process. For more detailed information regarding the application process, please visit http://www.sahealthcareers.com.au/campaign.php?id=37
For further information about the Transition to Professional Practice Program for Registered Nurses at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, please contact
Jayne Hartwig Transition to Professional Practice Nurse Education Facilitator