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The Neonatal Unit at Mercy Hospital for Women has 54 beds which comprises of up to 20 intensive care cots and 34 special care nursery cots. It is one of the largest NICU’s in Australia. Annually over 1,300 premature and sick babies are cared for in the NICU and Special Care Nurseries. We provide neonatal care for infants admitted to the nursery within the first 28 days of life with gestations as low as 23 weeks. These babies may be premature or sick full term infants requiring supplemental oxygen, intravenous therapy, specialised feeding, incubator care or high technological care such as ventilation, high frequency oscillating ventilation and nitric oxide as well as minor surgery. The neonatal team provide a family centred care approach to the management of these vulnerable patients. Parents are encouraged to work together with Mercy Staff, collaboratively to provide optimum care for all of the babies in our Nurseries. Developmental care is an important part of the care provided for our neonatal population. Individual needs of the infant are assessed and the nursery environment is modified to ensure optimal neurological outcomes. The unit is involved in significant research and teaching programs, including international studies and neonatal intensive care and special care nursery training for nursing staff, midwives, students and paediatricians. The Graduate Certificate in Neonatal Special Care Nursing in partnership with La Trobe University is offered throughout Neonatal Services for nurses interested in developing knowledge and skills in Neonatal Special Care Nursing. This 1 year course is suitable for registered nurses/midwives with preferably up to two years of nursing experience to learn special care nursing skills. It is affiliated with La Trobe University and applicants are required to apply for a position with the university and acceptance into the course will be in conjunction with a clinical position at the Mercy Hospital for Women Neonatal Unit. Graduate Certificate (Neonatal Special Care) Program outline
Intake Dates: Placement commences at Mercy Hospital for Women in February, University Course begins in March 2012
Entry Requirement: • Registered Nurse • Minimum 12 months recent acute nursing/midwifery experience • Registered with Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (AHPRA) with current eligibly to practice • Successful application with La Trobe University • Satisfactory references and interview at Mercy Hospital for Women
Duration of program: Approximately 36 weeks or two academic semesters. Shift Expectations: Rostered over an 8 day rotating roster; minimum 4 days per week Theoretical input:Weekly study days either at La Trobe University or online.
Clinical Support: • Hospital Orientation • Four days supernumerary orientation into SCN • Four days supernumerary orientation into High Dependency- CPAP (optional) • Four days supernumerary for observational visits • Three full tutorial days • Clinical support provided by Educator and Clinical Support Nurses Associated costs: Full fees as deemed by La Trobe University (Scholarships may be available). Assessment: Theoretical assessment at La Trobe University; clinical assessment at MHW Course Notification: The course will be advertised in Sep/Oct. It will be placed on the following websites; email@example.com and www.seek.com.au and www.careers.mercy.com.au
Application Procedure: Entry to the Graduate Certificate in Neonatal Special Care involves successful application to La Trobe University. The applicant should identify Mercy Hospital for Women as their preferred hospital for clinical experience. Further information can be found at www.latrobe.edu.au/nursing An application must also be sent directly to Mercy Hospital for Women and will be received online at www.careers.mercy.com.au Application Procedure: The application shall include: • Letter of application that states rationale for applying to Mercy Hospital for Women and Graduate Certificate (Neonatal Special Care). • Curriculum Vitae including names, telephone numbers and email addresses of professional referees Successful applicants must also provide a current police record check and working with children check within six weeks of commencement of employment Contact Further information about this program may be obtained by contacting; Carolyn Morrissey Neonatal Services Educator Ph: (03) 8458 4686 or (03) 8458 4444 & request pager: 4686 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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