Paediatrics

Program

Monash Health would like to offer nurses interested in working within the paediatric environment the opportunity to participate in the Paediatric Transition to Specialty Program (TSP). The program aims to provide participants with the theoretical and practical foundation required to work competently and effectively as a paediatric nurse beginning practitioner within a variety of paediatric clinical areas.

The TSP will provide nurses with the opportunity to rotate through four paediatric specific areas at Monash Medical Centre. Each rotation will be three months in duration and include the following units; 41 North - Paediatric Medical, 42 North - Paediatric Surgical, Monash Newborn and the Paediatric Emergency Department.

Included in the TSP is supernumerary time at the commencement of each rotation as well as seven (7) formal paid study days encompassing the Paediatric Postgraduate Nursing course run at Monash Health.

Program Commencement

 

The Paediatric TSP is a 12 month program commencing in February each year

 

Advanced Standing

Upon successful completion of the TSP and associated Paediatric Post Graduate course, each participant will be eligible to apply for 12 credit points towards the Master of Nursing (children’s major) at Monash University.

 

41 North – Paediatric Medical Unit

  • Care of the child with complex medical conditions
  • Care of the child with chronic illness
  • Care of the child with cardiac conditions
  • Care of the child with respiratory compromise
  • Care of the child with cancer
  • Management of Central Venous Access Devices
  • Understand and practice the concept of family-centred care
  • Undertake a multidisciplinary approach when providing care for paediatric patients
  • Complete paediatric specific skill sets and competencies
  • Complete Paediatric Basic Life Support assessment

 42 North – Paediatric Surgical/Renal & Adolescent Medical Unit

  • Care of children who have undergone various surgical interventions
  • Care of the child and their family pre & post operatively
  • Care of the child with an Eating Disorder
  • Care of the child with a Renal condition
  • Care of the child undertaking peritoneal dialysis
  • Care of the child with Neurosurgical intervention (EVD’s & VP shunts)
  • Understand and practice the concept of family-centred care
  • Undertake a multidisciplinary approach when providing care for paediatric patients
  • Complete paediatric specific skill sets and competencies
  • Complete Paediatric Basic Life Support assessment

 Monash Newborn

  • Provision of care to the patient and families of a neonate in the special care nursery
  • Manage the care of premature babies
  • Clinical assessment of the neonate
  • Care of the neonate requiring phototherapy
  • Complete skill sets incorporating common neonatal procedures
  • Complete Neonatal Resuscitation assessment

Paediatric Emergency Department

  • Primary assessment and management of the child with an acute illness
  • Identify signs and symptoms of a child in actual and potential respiratory dysfunction
  • Identify signs and symptoms of a child in actual and potential circulatory dysfunction
  • Identify the signs and symptoms of a child in actual and potential neurological dysfunction
  • Observation of resuscitation situations
  • Liaise with wards regarding the admission of paediatric patients
  • Provide effective and efficient handovers to nursing and medical staff in the emergency environment
  • Learn time management skills in a busy emergency department
  • Complete paediatric specific skill sets and competencies

For further information please contact:

 

Megan Barnett & Deana Lynn

Paediatric Clinical Nurse Educators – (Monash Children’s)

95944167

Extension: 44167

Janet Koo: Janet.Koo@monashhealth.org

Alison Fary: Alison.Fary@monashhealth.org