Australia – HEALTHCARE

Registered Nurse Paediatric Critical Care Unit - 2159

Location: Melbourne
Salary: Competitive DOE
Position: Full time

Our client is a leading childrens’ hospital in Melbourne that has been providing outstanding care for Victoria’s children and their families for 150 years. They are the major specialist paediatric hospital in Victoria and care extends to children from Tasmania, southern New South Wales and other states around Australia and overseas.

With a passionate, highly skilled and committed staff campus wide of close to 4,000, they provide a full range of clinical services, tertiary care and health promotion and prevention programs for children and young people.

The hospital is the designated state-wide major trauma centre for paediatrics in Victoria and a Nationally Funded Centre for cardiac and liver transplantation.

They also lead a number of state-wide services, including:

  • Victorian Paediatric Rehabilitation Service: delivering paediatric rehabilitation services to children, adolescents and their families.
  • Victorian Paediatric Palliative Care Program: providing a multidisciplinary approach to palliative care for children across Victoria.
  • Victorian Forensic Paediatric Medical Service providing assessment and care for abused, assaulted and neglected children and adolescents.
  • Victorian Infant Hearing Screening Program: conducting hearing screenings of newborn babies while they are in hospital. The delivery of this service involves working with diagnostic audiology and early intervention services from across
  • Victoria, Australian Hearing, Cochlear Implant Clinic, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, The University of Melbourne School of Audiology and Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.

Role and responsibilities

A Registered Nurse is responsible for ensuring that clinical practice and delivery of care is consistent with the hospital and Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia standards. You will be responsible for providing comprehensive, safe, evidence-based practice across a range of contexts, to facilitate optimal health outcomes; performing self- assessment of scope of practice and competence related to assigned responsibilities as discussed with the care delivery team; retaining responsibility for individual actions and accountability for care provided.

Professional Practice

  • Fulfil duty of care by practicing within scope of practice in accordance with Australian Nursing & Midwifery Council guidelines
  • Integrate nursing health care knowledge and skills to provide safe and effective care
  • Utilise patient IT systems to document and record nursing activity

Critical Thinking and Analysis

  • Demonstrate analytical skills in assessing and evaluating health information
  • Use best available evidence, standards and guidelines to evaluate nursing performance
  • Participate in professional development to enhance nursing practice

Provision and Coordination of Care

  • Participate in quality improvement activities
  • Conduct comprehensive and systematic nursing assessments to improve the quality of nursing care
  • Use a range of assessment techniques to collect relevant and accurate data

Collaborative and Therapeutic Practice

  • Plan nursing care in consultation with others (i.e., multidisciplinary health care team)
  • Establish, maintain and appropriately conclude therapeutic relationships
  • Determine, in consultation with others as necessary, priorities for resolving health needs of individuals
  • Plan for continuity of care to achieve expected outcomes
  • Prioritise workload based on individual needs, acuity and optimal time for intervention

Qualifications and experience

  • Current registration as a Registered Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) administered though the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (APHRA)
  • Demonstrated commitment to ongoing personal and professional development, as evidenced in a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) record/Profession al practice Portfolio.
  • Flexibility and availability for shifts across wards will be highly valued
  • Minimum 2 years acute Nursing Experience
  • Employees are required to undertake a National Criminal Record Check and a Working with Children Check prior to commencing employment
  • Employees are required to maintain a valid Working with Children’s Check throughout their employment
  • A current, full drivers licence for the State of Victoria which is appropriate for the type of vehicle being driven, and comply with any restrictions on their licence (e.g. wearing glasses) while undertaking hospital duties (If applicable)
  • Employees are required to maintain compliance with the hospital's “Staff Immunisation - Prevention of Vaccine Preventable Diseases” procedure.

Key selection criteria

  • Well-developed interpersonal and communication skills both written and verbal
  • Demonstrated ability to work within a multidisciplinary team and autonomously as required
  • Effective time management and organisational skills
  • Ability to work well under pressure and be flexible to changing priorities and environment
  • Proven ability to work independently and demonstrated initiative in performing duties

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