Transition To Professional Practice Program for Registered Nurses 2018
"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 and encouraged throughout their transition journey.
Feedback From Previous Participants
All Registered Nurses participating in the TPPP RN are provided with comprehensive support from a variety of people including:
Each TPPP pathway at the Women's and Children's Hospital provides transitioning Nurses with:
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 2018 may include:
Positions will be offered at 0.84FTE or full-time in selected areas.
Clinical placements for the Perioperative Pathway are conducted in Recovery/Anaesthetic areas or the Scrub/Scout areas allowing the new Registered Nurse to develop a wide range of Perioperative nursing skills.
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, thoracic, minor cardiac and general surgery and includes the following wards/units:
Kate Hill Ward
Paediatric Surgical Ambulatory Service
This area comprises 3 clinical areas of Day Of Surgery Admissions (DOSA), Day Surgery (DS) and Campbell Ward. Nurses working in PSAS will experience each area throughout their 6 month placement.
Day of Surgery Admissions Area (DOSA)
Paediatric Day Surgery Unit (DS)
Perioperative Services – Perioperative Pathway
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 Short Stay Ward
Paediatric Emergency Department
Paediatric of Critical Care Medicine (PICU and PHDU)
Michael Rice Haematology/Oncology Ward and Clinic
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 Michael Rice Clinic is a 9 bed outpatient clinic that 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 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 a 37 bed Neonatal Unit (level 5) which provides care to sick and preterm infants. Generally infants born from 32 weeks gestation will be admitted to the unit, as well as those infants who require short term transitional care after birth. Infants may also be admitted to the unit from other hospitals, or readmitted from home.
The unit also provides care to infants needing Level 6 care – these infants may require non -invasive respiratory support, central line management and continuous observation.
Once infants no longer need specialised care they maybe transferred to a hospital closer to home – MeSTAR Kids assists the unit with these inter-hospital transfers.
The unit provides an outreach follow up service for those infants who reside within the metropolitan area. SCBU also offers an early discharge program called The Neonatal Early Discharge (NED) program. This program enables some infants to be discharged home while still on gavage feeds, with the parents performing the gavage feeds and supported by regular home visits from the SCBU nursing / midwifery staff.
Education programs supported by SCBU are the Transition to Nurse Practice, the Transition to Midwifery Practice, the Neonatal Special Care Nursing Course, Refresher/Re-entry Midwives, Aboriginal Maternal and Infant Care Workers, Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP). Enrolled Nurses are also employed in the unit, and many of the Registered Nurses / Midwives have post graduate qualifications in Neonatal Intensive or Special Care Nursing.
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. Participants will complete all 4 modules and will be awarded a certificate of course completion. These study days are also complimented by unit specific education opportunities and other hospital activities.
Specific TPPP RN "Chat Learn and Grow" sessions are also held each Wednesday afternoon. 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 ward 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).
It is anticipated that both the Paediatric Perioperative Pathway and the Paediatric Pathway positions will commence in early 2018 (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 when considering a program option – remember, you MUST be registered BEFORE starting your TPPP.
The TPPP-RN Information Session will be held on 20th July 2017 1400-1600 in the Queen Victoria Lecture Theatre, Level 1 Zone D. Participants will be given the opportunity to meet with ward based educators, previous participants and the Transition Support Nurse Educator to discuss the program. RSVP is not required.
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 2018 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 2018'.
For further information about the Transition to Professional Practice Program for Registered Nurses at the Women's and Children's Hospital, please contactt:
last modified: 18 May 2017