Have you always wanted to work in paediatric nursing but are currently working in the adult sector? Now is your chance to switch over and start a new chapter in your career.
The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) is pleased to announce the commencement of a pilot Transition to Paediatrics Program for 20 nurses. At the RCH, we recognise that nurses with experience in adult nursing have developed specialist knowledge, skills and clinical expertise that can clearly enhance the dynamic of our teams at the RCH where our nurses collaborate, innovate and advocate to provide Great Care, Everywhere.
For our #ChampionsforChildren profile this week we speak to nurse Aleyce Friday who works in our Sugar Glider ward and is currently taking part in this program. For further information about the program please visit the job ad.
Why did you choose nursing as a career?
As an outgoing and caring person, I always knew I wanted to work in a career where I could help and interact with people. Starting off in the beauty industry, I found I needed more and decided to pursue nursing and haven’t looked back since!
Why did you want to move over to work in paediatrics and take part in this program?
After completing a seven week placement at the RCH in my final year of nursing, I knew I wanted to work here but unfortunately I didn’t receive a grad year. I ended up completing my grad year in a regional adult hospital and was then successful in getting a position on Sugar Glider. I was supported the whole way through the transition from adult nursing with supernumerary time, professional development days and supportive educators and staff on the ward.
What are you enjoying the most about paediatric nursing?
Everyday is different and there is always something new to learn. We get a wide range of age groups and it’s so fun to get to know all their personalities.
What advice would you give someone wanting to make that leap?
Go for it! Its a whole new world and you will be supported every step of the way.
What has been the biggest surprise or challenge in switching over to paediatric nursing?
Transitioning from providing patient centered care in adults to family centered care in paediatrics was challenging but is now one of the most rewarding parts of the job! I also really value all members of the multidisciplinary team as open communication and collaborative care is vital to providing GREAT care at the RCH.