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Opportunities in Neonatology

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If you are seeking an employment opportunity that offers career development, job satisfaction and the opportunity to work across a range of health services, then consider Women's and Newborn Services at RBWH. Learning and education is supported by a qualified dynamic leadership team.

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Opportunities in the Grantley Stable Neonatal Unit

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GSNU Staff

The Grantley Stable Neonatal Unit is currently staffed by eight neonatologists, three senior registrars, eleven registrars and two resident medical officers plus two interns. The unit is part of the paediatric training program that is run in conjunction with the Royal Children's Hospital and provides medical training and supervision for advanced neonatal trainees. The unit also undertakes a medical student education program.

There are a large number of nursing staff employed in the unit - approximately 250 staff members, comprising Nursing officer roles from level 1 to level 7 plus Assistants in Nursing.

These include:

 

  • Nursing Director
  • Clinical Nurse Consultant
    ICN/SCN
  • Asset Manager
  • Clinical Nurse
  • AIN's
  • Clinical Facilitators
  • Discharge Co-odninator
  • Data Manager
  • Nurse Educators
  • Nurse Unit Manager
    ICN/SCN
  • Lactation Consultants
  • Nurse Manager
  • Registered Nurses  

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Education and Training

Education and training opportunities exist for new staff to obtain neonatal nursing qualifications via the Transition to Neonatal Nursing program. It is no longer a requirement for staff to have a midwifery qualification before obtaining employment within our neonatal facility.

The unit also offers clinical placements in collaboration with Central Area Health Service regional neonatal units to support transition participants at these centres.

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Opportunities in the Grantley Stable Neonatal Unit

Neonatal Nurses

Whether you are an experienced and well qualified neonatal nurse, a new graduate seeking to develop a career in neonatal nursing, or an experienced Registered Neonatal Nurse seeking new experiences, our neonatal unit welcomes you. Full time, part time and casual positions are available. A well supported transition to neonatal nursing program is provided for new inexperienced staff. Experienced neonatal nurses have exciting opportunities for career development in one of the largest neonatal units in the southern hemisphere. We cater for all neonatal medical and surgical conditions, except babies requiring open heart surgery. The Grantley Stable Neonatal Unit has a commitment to the promotion of professional development. The Department of Neonatology runs a number of programs aimed at improving the standard if neonatal care, as well as supporting staff in the pursuit of nursing leadership and excellence. These are freely available to staff working at RBWH. There are also selected programs available to health professionals from other hospitals.

Orientation

All staff are comprehensively supported in their transition to the neonatal unit. There is an extensive orientation program that is tailored to the level of expertise of the practitioner.

Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP)

The NRP is the accredited American Academy of Paediatrics Neonatal Resuscitation Program. It is also endorsed by the Royal College of Nursing, Australia. It commenced in 2001 and is now run throughout Queensland, with support from the Grantley Stable Neonatal Unit. The program involves a full day of lectures and clinical scenarios and is available to all health care professionals working within RBWH and other health care institutions. This is preceded by pre reading which is forwarded to staff well ahead of the program. The NRP is attended by all new staff (medical and nursing) as a component of their orientation to the neonatal unit. Recertification in the form of a half day program, with associated pre reading, is available to staff who have attended a full NRP within the previous 2 years.

CPAP Workshops

The GSNU offers 3 CPAP workshops a year to experienced staff. The workshop involves a learning package to be completed before the day that enables staff to update their knowledge of the theory surrounding CPAP. The workshop provides lectures delivered by GSNU Medical and Nursing staff about the complications and care of babies on CPAP. The afternoon is based around a number of key skills stations that allow participants to get hands on experience fitting a variety of CPAP interfaces, trouble shooting and positioning babies on CPAP. Attendance fees apply. Please contact the Neonatal Nurse Educators for application forms and /or further information.

Transition to Neonatal Nursing

All new staff that do not hold a neonatal intensive care nursing certificate are required to complete the transition to neonatal nursing program. This comprehensive program is self directed, and is designed to prepare the inexperienced nurse who wishes to build a career in neonatal nursing, with the necessary skills and abilities to function in the neonatal unit. The transition to neonatal nursing program is accredited with participating Queensland Universities, and earns credit points towards post graduate qualifications. Transition is designed to be completed within two years. The self directed nature of the program is supported by formalised study days, which are conducted across the Central Area Health Service of Queensland Health. In addition to preparing new inexperienced staff to function in the neonatal unit, the program's modules are able to be selected individually by experienced neonatal nurses who already hold a neonatal qualification, but would like to update in a specific area of care. Transition students are preceptored in the clinical area by experienced clinical preceptors. The aim of the transition program is to support new practitioners to achieve competence in the neonatal area. The program has been instrumental in retaining staff in the neonatal unit.

Inservice Program

Daily In-service is conducted in the neonatal unit. On coming evening staff are provided with the opportunity to attend in-service from 1415 to 1445 daily. A wide range of topics is covered with staff having input into content and presentations.

Annual Seminar

The Grantley Stable Neonatal Unit hosts an annual neonatal seminar. Held each February, the seminar attracts a range of health professionals involved in newborn care from throughout Queensland, and other Australian States of Australia. The seminar is open to all and is a much anticipated event on the neonatal education calendar.

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Location:
Level 5
Ned Hanlon Building
Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital
Metro North Health Service District

Telephone: (07) 3646 8111
Facsimile:  (07) 3646 5259
Email: RBWH-Feedback@health.qld.gov.au
(with the subject "Neonatology")


Last Updated: 21 October 2011
Last Reviewed: 21 October 2011