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Women s and Children s Health Network 

Transition To Professional Practice Program 

for Registered Nurses (TPPP-RN) 2023 
 Take your first steps in Paediatric Nursing with us!  

The Women s and Children s Health Network 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 


The Transition to Professional Practice Program (TPPP RN) at the Women s and Children s 

Hospital provides the newly Registered Nurse with an opportunity to gain Paediatric 

experience, knowledge and clinical skills as they take their first steps in Paediatric Nursing.  

Our TPPP RN curriculum aims to facilitate a learning environment which empowers 

transitioning staff to  

  Navigate the workplace and professional culture 

  Practice as confident and competent professionals within their specialised field 

  Work as part of an effective inter professional team 

  Identify and celebrate the unique skills, knowledge and experiences each individual 


To achieve this, transition support at the WCH:  

  Recognises and acknowledges the Stages of Transition  (Boychuk Duchscher 2007) 

  Recognises and acknowledges the reality of Transition Shock (BD 2007) 

  Recognises and utilises the unique learning styles, personality types and character 

strengths of each individual 

  Formulates learning activities which incorporate critical thinking, evidence informed 

practice, reflection and simulation targeted at individual and group learning needs 

  Ensures constructive and timely feedback is provided to support transitioning staff 

  Equips teams with the skills and knowledge to support transitioning staff and individuals 

within these teams undertake support roles 

  Empowers the individual to develop self care strategies to achieve an effective work/life 

blend during their TPPP and beyond 


Feedback from previous participants 
?  I have progressed through all the stages (of Transition), from not even knowing the 

routine of the ward and just seeing the next step through to feeling like I have worked on 
the ward for a very long time and now feel at ease  (TPPP RN) 

?  My confidence has increased dramatically through experience and supervision from 
specialist staff. Both (placements) were extremely supportive working environments, 


facilitating growth and self-confidence through constant feedback. I felt comfortable 
asking questions without feeling  silly  (TPPP RN) 

?   I feel the TPPP at WCH assisted in taking away the initial fear of starting as an RN from 

University, then the ongoing support throughout the year aided in my progression  (TPPP 

?  Amazing program and I feel so lucky to have been given the opportunity to work with 

such amazing and passionate nurses  (TPPP RN) 
?  The support and guidance from ward educators has been invaluable and their assistance 

combined with experience and knowledge has helped to increase my confidence  (TPPP 

?   Fantastic program that provides amazing support and educational opportunities. 

Although the year has provided me with many challenges I feel that the program has 
allowed me to progress at a pace suited to me so that the challenges could be overcome. 
The program has made me feel like a valued member of the team. I would recommend 
the program to any new nurses  (TPPP RN) 

Transition support and program details 

All Registered Nurses participating in the TPPP RN are provided with comprehensive support 

from a variety of skilled staff including 

  Ward based clinical educators 

  Preceptors and Post Graduate Buddies (previous TPPP RN s) 

  Nurse/Midwife Unit Managers/Advanced Nurse Unit Managers 

  Nurse Managers 

  Transition Support Nurse Educator: Nursing &amp; Midwifery 

Each TPPP position at the Women s and Children s Hospital provides newly registered 

Nurses with 

  Transition support from the Transition Team, including 1:1 coaching  

  Orientation to the organisation and clinical areas 

  Extended support during orientation as part of the SMaRTE2 Start Program 

  Clinical placement experiences including ward based education and support from 

clinical educators 

  Clinical feedback throughout each placement from senior staff 

  Participation in the Introduction to Paediatrics modules (Professional Development 

Days) and workshops 


  Weekly Chat Learn and Grow debriefs with the Transition Support Nurse Educator 

and Transition Support News emails 

  Access to additional learning resources and educational opportunities throughout the 



Clinical Placement Opportunities 

Various program options may be available in 2023 including 

? Paediatric Nursing Stream (2 x 6 month clinical placements in diverse ward/unit areas) 

o The Paediatric Nursing Stream will provide newly Registered Nurses with a 

comprehensive Paediatric experience during their first year of practice. Two 

placements will be offered within the Women s and Children s Hospital.  


? Paediatric / Helen Mayo House (Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Services) Collaborative 

Nursing Stream (1 x 6 month clinical placement at Helen Mayo House and 1 x 6 

month clinical placement in a paediatric ward/unit at the WCH) 

o This Collaborative Stream provides a unique opportunity for transitioning 

Nurses who have an interest in Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Nursing to 

undertake a placement at Helen Mayo House (located on the Glenside 

Health Services Canvas on Fullarton Road, Glenside) combined with another 

6 month placement in a paediatric ward / unit at the WCH campus. Please 

see  Clinical Placement Opportunities  below for more information about 

these areas. 


Clinical placements are conducted in the Medical, Surgical wards and various specialty areas, 

allowing the newly registered Nurse to develop a wide range of professional and Paediatric 

nursing skills. Successful applicants will be asked for their preferences prior to commencing 

their contracts. Placements in 2023 are dependent on service needs and may include 

  Surgical Inpatient Units: Newland, Kate Hill, Surgical Short Stay Unit 

  Peri operative Services (Recovery or Operating Suite) 

  Medical Wards: Cassia and Medical Short Stay Ward, 

  Adolescent Ward,  

  Rose Ward (Babies under 12 months) 

  Paediatric Emergency Department 

  Paediatric Intensive Care and Paediatric High Dependency Unit,  

  Oncology/Haematology; Michael Rice Ward &amp; Clinic, 

  Mental Health: Mallee Ward 

  Medical Day Unit 

  Neonatal Intensive Care,  

  Special Care Baby Unit,  

  Helen Mayo House (Collaborative Program) 



Positions will be offered at 0.84FTE or full time in some areas  

See below for more details of each placement option  


Paediatric Surgical Services provides many dynamic learning opportunities for Registered 
Nurses in the areas of orthopaedics, burns, neurosurgery, craniofacial, ophthalmology, ENT 
(ear, nose and throat), urology, plastic, thoracic, minor cardiac and general surgery and 
includes the following wards/units 

  Newland Ward  

  Kate Hill Ward 

  Surgical Short Stay Unit (SSSU) 
o Day of Surgery Admissions (DOSA)  
o Day Surgery Unit 
o Campbell Ward  

  Peri operative Services 

Newland Ward 

  Newland ward is a 16 bed ward and is one of the main paediatric surgical wards for 
South Australia. Newland ward provides expert care to patients and families after 
surgery or trauma. Newland ward cares for patients from various surgical specialties 
and provides Registered Nurses with many fulfilling learning experiences and 
exposure to a wide variety of skills. Newland ward surgical specialties include  Burns, 
plastic surgery, urology, general surgery and thoracic surgery. In the team trained 
environment, Nurses are supported by a buddy each shift. Two preceptors are also 
allocated at the commencement of each placement.  

Kate Hill Ward 

  Kate Hill ward is a 16 bed ward and is one of the main paediatric surgical wards for 
South Australia. Kate Hill ward provides expert care to patients and families admitted 
under the surgical specialties of Neurosurgery, craniofacial surgery, ophthalmology, 
orthopaedic surgery, ENT (ear, nose and throat) and rehabilitation services. Kate Hill 
ward provides Registered Nurses with the essential skills of paediatric neurological 
assessment and associated nursing care. Nurses are supported by a buddy each 
shift. Two preceptors are also allocated at the commencement of each placement.  

Surgical Short Stay Unit (SSSU) 

  This area comprises 3 clinical areas of Day Of Surgery Admissions (DOSA), Day 
Surgery (DS) and Campbell Ward. Nurses working in the SSSU will experience each 
area throughout their 6 month placement 

Day of Surgery Admissions Area (DOSA) 

  Pre operative area where children are prepared for their elective surgical/medical 

  Children and families go through an admission process that allows them to ask 
questions and clarify concerns before their procedure starts.  

  As DOSA is often the first point of contact to the hospital for many families it is 
essential to have refined communication skills. DOSA also provides Registered 
Nurses with the opportunity to improve their handover, assessment and 
communication skills.  


Paediatric Day Surgery Unit (DS) 

  This unit has 20 beds which cater for paediatric patients undergoing day surgery 
procedures under anaesthetic. The average length of stay is 1-2hours. 

  There is a high turn over of patients which allows graduate nurses to refine their 
organisation and observation skills and discharge education proficiency. 

  Nurses will also have the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills when 
participating in the weekly Burns clinic 

Campbell Ward 

  Campbell ward has 16 beds and is dedicated to the care of paediatric patients who 
have undergone procedures requiring anaesthesia followed by a short stay in hospital 
of up to 36 hours. Campbell ward is team trained and provides Registered Nurses 
with support and learning opportunities in many areas of paediatric surgical nursing. 

  Excellent admission and discharge skills are obtained in this placement as there is a 
high turnover of patients 

Perioperative Services  


  In a Recovery rotation in Rogerson and QVOS Theatres, Registered Nurses will be 
involved in both paediatric and obstetric fields, inclusive of a wide range of surgical 
specialties. Registered Nurses will learn aspects of the theory and practices behind 
safe, holistic care in the anaesthetic and recovery phases of perioperative care. 
Registered Nurses will also develop skills in critically assessing and reflecting on 
changes in techniques and approaches, as well decision making and effective 
communication skills in the acute clinical setting. Please note these positions are 
offered at 1.0FTE working Monday to Friday 


  The Perioperative program aims to provide the Registered Nurse with the opportunity 
to develop the skills and understand the concepts required to underpin their practice 
in the areas of scrub/ scout nursing. 

  Participants will be involved in paediatric surgery, inclusive of a wide range of 
specialties, developing skills in critically assessing and reflecting on changes in 
techniques and approaches, as well decision making and effective communication 
skills in the acute clinical setting. Please note these positions are offered at 1.0FTE 
working Monday to Friday 



The Division of Paediatric Medicine provides many dynamic learning opportunities for 
Graduate Nurses in the areas of General Medicine, Respiratory, Endocrine, Metabolic, 
Cardiac, Renal, Gastroenterology, Neurology, Haematology, Oncology, Rheumatology, 
Immunology, Dermatology and Child Protection 

Opportunities are provided to work in the following areas of the division:  

  Medical Short Stay Ward 

  Cassia Ward  

  Paediatric Emergency Department 


  Paediatric Intensive Care Unit  

  Adolescent Ward  

  Rose Ward  

  Michael Rice Haematology/Oncology Ward &amp; Clinic 

  Medical Day Unit 

Medical Short Stay Ward 

  Children (aged 0-18years) admitted to Medical Short Stay Ward have an estimated 

length of stay &lt;48 hours. Children are admitted under one of the medical teams 

including General Medicine, Neurology, Immunology, Child Protection, Dermatology, 

Respiratory, Cardiology, Endocrine, Renal, Metabolic and Gastroenterology. The 

most common admitting reasons are bronchiolitis, asthma, gastroenteritis, UTIs, 

seizures and pneumonia. However we also care for some special patients with 

chronic and complex conditions that require recurrent admissions.  

Cassia Ward 

  Cassia Ward is a ward which cares for children aged 0-18years. Children are 
admitted under the specialty and general medical teams and generally have a length 
of stay greater than 48 hours. Depending on their medical condition they may remain 
admitted to the ward for significant periods of time. The most common admitting 
diagnoses on Cassia ward include cystic fibrosis, diabetes, chronic gastrointestinal 
conditions, renal conditions and transplants, and chronic respiratory conditions.  

Adolescent Ward 

  The Adolescent ward offers services to 12-18 year old patients in the many 
specialties of medical, orthopaedic, endocrine, neurology, rehabilitation and 
gastroenterology nursing. Although primarily a medical ward, the staff work closely 
with the Department of Psychological Medicine and surgical services in the provision 
of care. 

Rose Ward 

  Rose Ward is a specialised medical and surgical unit delivering care to neonates and 
infants to one year of age. Many of the infants have complex needs and require 
hospitalisation for many months. The family plays an integral part in the child s care 
and the complete needs of the family unit are taken into consideration. The range of 
conditions treated include infectious diseases, conditions affecting the respiratory, 
cardiac, neurological, gastrointestinal systems, congenital abnormalities, general 
surgery and many others. Nutrition, growth, development and infant mental health 
issues are also primary concerns of this unit 

Paediatric Emergency Department 

  The Paediatric Emergency Department provides a 24 hour service for children and 
young adolescents. The department covers all specialties including mental health 
services and is the Paediatric Trauma Centre for South Australia, Northern Territory, 
Western New South Wales and North-west Victoria. Nurses working in the area 
develop exceptional assessment skills and may have the opportunity to master skills 
including IV cannulation, trauma cast application and gluing of superficial wounds.  

Paediatric of Critical Care Medicine (Paediatric Intensive Care Unit) 


  The Paediatric Intensive Care unit (PICU) is a specialised area where children of all 
ages receive care from a highly skilled team of health professionals. Patients are 
admitted to intensive care and high dependency under a range of medical and 
surgical clinics. Nurses working in the area develop excellent assessment skills. 

  Nurses working in the Department of Critical Care Medicine will also be enrolled in 
the PICU Transition Course. This course incorporates 4 x 8 hour study days 
focussing on respiratory, cardiac, neurological and neonatal care and also offers an 
introductory Paediatric Life Support day.  

Michael Rice Haematology/Oncology Ward and Clinic 

Michael Rice ward is an acute ward caring for Oncology and Haematology patients. The 
majority of patients are admitted for the following reasons: 


  Complications of malignancies or treatment  

  Bone marrow transplant  

  Palliative care/respite  

  Pain management  

  Complications of haemophilia  

  Aplastic anaemia  

  Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia (ITP)  

  Other haematological conditions e.g. Thalassaemia  

The Michael Rice Clinic is a 9 bed outpatient clinic that cares for patients requiring planned 
and emergency review and/or treatment. Oncology patients may be admitted to the clinic as 
day patients for some phases of treatment. The clinic is staffed from 0830-1700, Monday to 
Friday and manages triage calls and admissions during these hours  

Medical Day Unit 

The Medical Day Unit provides care for children and youth in the form of medical and 
diagnostic interventions and treatments, including: 

  intravenous (IV) antibiotics 

  blood transfusions and the administration of a variety of other specialty medications 

  allergy challenges 

  treatment under sedation 

  patient teaching and education. 

This unit provides a service Monday   Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm. 


Mallee Ward 

Mallee ward is a unit of the Division of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. It is a 12-
bed inpatient unit which provides a therapeutic environment in which children and young 
people up to the age of 18 years can be supported to work towards better mental health. The 
unit works in collaboration with a specialist multidisciplinary team that are experienced in 
supporting young people and their families. This is a state wide facility and provides a unique 
experience for graduates to work with experienced mental health nurses in this specialist 


A placement in Mallee ward includes providing individual care to the patients, involvement in 
family therapy, group participation and collaborative liaison with various community services 
and schools. You will also become familiar with the numerous Acts and legislations that apply 
to this area. 

Mallee ward also supports the Graduate Diploma of Mental Health Nursing for Registered 
Nurses seeking to become Registered Mental Health Nurses 

Helen Mayo House (Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Services) 

Helen Mayo House is a Division of CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) 
located on the Glenside Health Services Campus on Fullarton Road, Glenside. Registered 
Nurses will work within a close and supportive multidisciplinary team to provide care to 
mothers and their infants up to 12 months of age (with some exceptions to admit mothers and 
their infant up to 2 years old). At Helen Mayo House you will provide direct care to mothers 
who have been identified as having significant mental health problems requiring treatment 
such as severe depression, anxiety, mood disorders, personality disorders or psychotic 
illnesses that impairs the mother s ability to function in everyday life and care for their child. 



Opportunities exist for Registered Nurses to complete placements in selected units within the 

Women s and Babies Division during their TPPP.  

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) 

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is responsible for the provision of care for babies in 
need of intensive (Level 6) care born at the WCH, or elsewhere in South Australia, the 
Northern Territory, Western Victoria and the far west of New South Wales. It can 
accommodate up to 16 neonates requiring respiratory support, central line management and 
continuous observation. Gestational ages range from 23 to 42 weeks. Post Graduate 
education programs are available for staff who return to work in NICU following their TPPP. 

Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) 

SCBU is a Neonatal Unit (level 5) which provides care to sick and preterm infants. Generally 
infants born from 32 weeks gestation will be admitted to the unit, as well as those infants who 
require short term transitional care after birth.  Infants may also be admitted to the unit from 
other hospitals, or readmitted from home. 

The unit also provides care to infants needing Level 6 care   these infants may require non -
invasive respiratory support, central line management and continuous observation. 

Once infants no longer need specialised care they may be transferred to a hospital closer to 
home   MedSTAR Kids assists the unit with these inter-hospital transfers. 

The unit provides an outreach follow up service for those infants who reside within the 
metropolitan area. SCBU also offers an early discharge program called The Neonatal Early 
Discharge (NED) program. This program enables some infants to be discharged home while 
still on gavage feeds, with the parents performing the gavage feeds and supported by regular 
home visits from the SCBU nursing / midwifery staff. 

Post Graduate education programs supported by SCBU are the Neonatal Special Care 
Nursing Course, Refresher/Re-entry Midwives, Aboriginal Maternal and Infant Care Workers, 


Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP).  Enrolled Nurses are also employed in the unit, and 
many of the Registered Nurses / Midwives have post graduate qualifications in Neonatal 
Intensive or Special Care Nursing. 


Educational Opportunities and Ongoing Career Development 

New Registered Nurses are provided with a comprehensive orientation to the organisation at 

the beginning of the program and to the clinical environments at the commencement of each 

clinical placement. 

All TPPP participants will attend the Introduction to Paediatrics course which provides an 

overview of the fundamentals of Paediatric nursing. Participants will complete all modules and 

will be awarded a certificate of course completion. These study days are also complimented 

by unit specific education opportunities and other hospital activities. 

Transition support  Chat Learn and Grow  sessions are held weekly. These opportunities 

allow participants to debrief with each other and develop reflection, and critical thinking skills 

combined with self-care strategies. 

The WCHN TPPP RN is the first step in your ongoing Nursing career. During the year, you 

will be informed of the future career development opportunities available; education regarding 

career pathways will also be provided 


Clinical Practice Development and Feedback 

During the TPPP RN, clinical feedback and reflection opportunities are provided to each 

participant. This constructive feedback is utilised by individuals to identify achievements and 

to identify ongoing learning objectives. 


Working Hours and Starting Dates 

Contracts at the Women s and Children s Hospital will be offered as 0.84FTE   4 days per 

week or 1.0FTE in some units.  All ward placements require participants to work over a 7 day 

roster on all shifts. (Nurses completing a theatre placement will work all shifts over a 5 day 


It is anticipated that positions will commence at the end of January and February 2023 

(please note these are subject to final confirmation) 

Please note the proposed start dates when considering a program option - remember you 


MUST be registered BEFORE starting your TPPP contract 

Completion of Program 

A celebration ceremony is held each year for Registered Nurses who have completed their 

Transition to Professional Practice Program 

2023 TPPP RN Information Session 

Our 2023 WCH TPPP information session will be held on Tuesday, 7th June 2022, 1300  

1400 via MS Teams.  

Bookings for the session are essential. Please register for MS Teams attendance at 


Applying for the Program 

Recruitment to 2023 SA Health Transition to Professional Practice Programs will be done via 

a centralised process. For more detailed information regarding the application process, 

please visit the SA Health Careers site and search for RN TPPP 2023  


Further Information 

For further information about the Transition to Professional Practice Program for Registered 

Nurses at the Women s and Children s Hospital, please contact 

Renee Whiteman or Sally-Anne Haskard - Acting Transition Support Educators 

renee.whiteman@sa.gov.au or sally-anne.haskard@sa.gov.au