Title: Division One Graduate Nurse
Department: Division of Nursing
Classification: RN Grade 1
Agreement: Nurses (Victorian Public Health Sector)
Responsible to: Unit Manager – Nursing or Associate Unit Manager
The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) Melbourne is one of the world’s great children’s hospitals.
With a passionate, highly skilled and committed staff of more than 3,900, we provide a full range
of clinical services, tertiary care and health promotion and prevention programs for children and
We are the major specialist paediatric hospital in Victoria. We also provide specialist care for
children from Tasmania and southern New South Wales, and other states around Australia and
When it comes to training and research we partner with the very best. Our campus partners the
Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) and The University of Melbourne both are on site
with the hospital in Parkville.
At the RCH, we are entering an exciting stage in our history with the Victorian Government
building a brand new hospital, right next door to our current site in Parkville. The new hospital is
well underway with an estimated completion date of end 2011. The new RCH will provide
wonderful, world class facilities for patients, families and staff.
At RCH, we are committed to providing care for children and supporting their families to the
highest possible standard. This is at the heart of our continuing vision to be a Great Children’s
Hospital and our values of Unity, Passion, Integrity, Excellence and Respect
Further information on RCH is available at http://www.rch.org.au/
The graduate nurse will work within a unit nursing team to transition from an undergraduate to
post graduate nurse. The graduate nurse will translate their theoretical knowledge into clinical
practice experience and ensure all aspects of nursing practice and delivery of care are
consistent with the RCH nursing standards.
The graduate nurse will plan and document patient activities in collaboration with the
multidisciplinary team and support communication systems to enhance patient care delivery
and unit functioning.
The graduate nurse will participate in appropriate research, education and development
activities meeting the program requirements and will maintain standards that are consistent
with professional responsibilities.
1. Child focused, family centre care
2. Competence in Paediatric nursing practice
3. Engagement in critical questioning and reflective practice
4. Integration into effective multidisciplinary teams
1. Clinical Skills
Utilises clinical skills and knowledge to initiate patient care.
Promotes an environment where the child's response to hospitalisation and the family or
the primary care giver's involvement is integrated into planned nursing care.
Accepts responsibility and accountability for patient assignment consistent with clinical
Integrates theoretical knowledge with clinical expertise to ensure delivery of safe patient
Recognises and reports abnormal patient findings/diagnostic data and instigates
appropriate nursing actions.
Demonstrates a current knowledge of Royal Children's Hospital's emergency procedures
and updates skills annually.
Demonstrates a working knowledge and understanding of the nursing application for all
Ensures Division 2 Nurse's in the unit are provided with appropriate support and
Supports undergraduates during clinical placements within a unit nursing team
2. Planning and Documentation
Ensures that nursing documentation related to patient care activities is consistent with the
required hospital and nursing standards.
Identifies areas where planning and documentation can be improved to facilitate positive
patient care outcomes.
Participates in interdisciplinary patient care conferences.
Organises and prioritises care considering individual patients needs and overall unit
Participates in Quality Improvement Programs as required.
Ensures continuity of care is provided by liaising with intra-hospital services and relevant
Utilises TrendCare to appropriately document and record nursing activity.
Promotes family centred care principles by negotiating care with parents and carers on a
shift to shift basis.
Includes parents and carers in the day to day planning of clinical care requirements for
Utilises and supports the unit and hospital communication systems.
Supports and encourages an interdisciplinary team approach to patient care.
Recognises and implements strategies to resolve stressful situations with staff, family or
primary care givers.
Engages in critical questioning with nursing colleagues, accepting and offering
constructive feedback where appropriate.
4. Education - Research & Development
Promotes supports and participates in unit and hospital education programs including
Participates in, and supports, approved research programs within the unit.
Participates in annual performance appraisal and identifies learning needs through
personal and professional objectives.
5. Professional Responsibilities
Demonstrates the RCH values in daily practice
Recognises situations which necessitate supervision/guidance and seeks appropriate
Complies with hospital practice.
Ensures cost efficient use of units operating resources.
Maintains a unit environment which facilitates comfort, safety and efficiency for staff,
patients and visitors.
Maintains confidentiality in matters related to patients and/or staff.
Maintains flexible and responsible rostering practices.
Relieves in other nursing units when requested by appropriate nursing personnel.
Supports integration of undergraduate and post graduate nurses within the unit.
Accepts responsibility for individual professional development.
6. Other responsibilities
Be aware of and work in accordance with Hospital policies and procedures, including
Occupational Health and Safety, Equal Employment Opportunity, Confidentiality, Consumer
and Community Participation.
Be respectful of the needs of patients, visitors and other staff and maintain a professional
approach to all interactions.
Qualifications / Experience
Relevant qualification in Nursing
Current registration with Nursing body
Postgraduate / further education desirable
Ability to work within a multidisciplinary team
Strong interpersonal / communication skills
“can do” and flexible approach
Excellent time management / organisational skills
Clinical and Support Staff at RCH
Clinical Nurse Educators and Facilitators
Nurse Unit Managers
Mackinnon Nursing Education and Development Team
Other Health providers
Patients and Families
Reports To: Unit Manager – Nursing or Associate Unit Manager
Developed: May 2009
Developed by: Graduate Nurse Program Support
Date of next Review: September 2010