Women's and Children's Hospital, Adelaide
Transition to Paediatric Practice Support Pathways for Enrolled Nurses and Registered Nurses

Transition to Paediatric Practice Support Pathways for Enrolled Nurses and Registered Nurses

"Take your first steps in Paediatric Nursing with us"

The Women's and Children's Health Network (WCHN) 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.

At the Women's and Children's Hospital we recognise transitioning to paediatric Nursing practice is an exciting (but sometimes challenging) time for both Registered and Enrolled Nurses, regardless of their previous experience.

Our transition support pathways are 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 Nurses are supported throughout their transition journey, at both a professional and psychosocial level.

On employment to the hospital, Enrolled and Registered Nurses will be invited to join a Transition Support Pathway which meets their unique transition needs based on their prior knowledge and experience. This support includes:

  • Corporate Orientation
  • Nursing Orientation
  • Participation in the PEPE Orientation program
  • Participation in the Introduction to Paediatrics course (or similar based on learning needs)
  • Clinical skill development support from ward based educators
  • Preceptor support from ward colleagues
  • Transition support from the TPPP NEF
  • Access to weekly Transition News emails
  • Regular Clinical and Transition progress feedback
  • Simulated learning activities

Further Information

For more information, please contact Jayne Hartwig, Transition to Practice Nurse Education Facilitator.

Email: jayne.hartwig@sa.gov.au

Please note: The TPPP-RN is a separate pathway specifically for Registered Nurses in their first year
of professional practice - for more information about this option please refer to the TPPP-RN page.

Nurses and Midwives are able to access ongoing professional development the through the WCHN Centre of Education and Training.

last modified: 24 Mar 2016