Nursing programs

The Child and Adolescent Health Service (CAHS) offers graduate nursing programs for enrolled and registered nurses across our three service streams. Find out more information on programs in Community and Mental Health.

Graduate programs at PCH

PCH's Department of Paediatric Nursing Education runs the following nursing programs:

Enrolled Nurse Early Practitioner Program

  • 12 month program commencing in March of each year 
  • ENs with less than three years post-registration experience are welcome to apply (including new graduates)
  • 12 month fixed-term contract at 64-80 hours per fortnight
  • One single rotation in a clinical area
  • Two week orientation and paediatric theory program on commencement
  • Six additional paid study days
  • Monthly guided tutorials to encourage and facilitate peer support and sharing of experiences
  • EN Paediatric Medication Module (non-IV)
  • IV Medication Competency (includes paediatric)
  • Supernumerary days at commencement in clinical area
  • Supported by selected preceptors in each area
  • Ward-based learning opportunities, which are enhanced by the Staff Development Nurse
  • Participants are overseen and supported throughout the program by the Program Coordinator. 

On completion of the program, participants are able and supported to apply for available Enrolled Nurse positions at PCH.

Paediatric Nursing Education supports Enrolled Nurses to participate in further specialist paediatric education and encourages career advancement through further education.

Recruitment

Recruitment occurs once a year and is advertised on Jobs WA.

PCH seeks to employ early practitioner enrolled nurses who: 

  • Demonstrate evidence of achievement of NMBA Enrolled Nurse Standards for Practice
  • Show a keen interest in caring for children and their families
  • Competitively address the selection criteria.
Further information is available from PCH Paediatric Nursing Education: 

Registered Nurse Graduate Program

  • 12-month program
  • Two intakes per year (one in February and one in August)
  • Two six-month rotations to a variety of clinical areas
  • Five-day graduate nurse orientation followed by seven paid study days to enhance role development, reflective practice and clinical knowledge 
  • Monthly guided tutorials to encourage and facilitate peer support and sharing of experiences
  • Supernumerary days at commencement in each area
  • Support by selected preceptors in each area
  • Ward-based learning opportunities, which are enhanced by the Clinical Development Nurse
  • Participants are overseen and supported throughout the program by the Graduate Nurse Program Coordinator. 

On completion of the program there is an opportunity to apply for a position in the following PCH Professional Development Course: 

  • Professional Development Program 
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Paediatric Nursing
  • Postgraduate Diploma/Master in Child and Adolescent Health (PCH/Curtin) 
  • Postgraduate Diploma/Master in Nursing (PCH/Curtin)
  • Master in Clinical Nursing – Paediatric Intensive Care Nursing (PCH/Curtin) 

Recruitment

PCH seeks to employ graduate registered nurses who: 

  • Demonstrate evidence of achievement of NMBA Registered Nurse Standard of Practice
  • Show a keen interest in caring for children and their families. 

Recruitment for the Perth Children’s Hospital Graduate Nurse Program occurs through the Department of Health GradConnect program (external link). When applying for Perth Children’s Hospital through GradConnect, please apply for the Child & Adolescent Health Service PCH RN Graduate Program.

Further information is available from: 

  • Department of Health website 
  • Career offices at Curtin University, Edith Cowan University, University of Notre Dame, Murdoch University and University of Western Australia
  • PCH RN Graduate Program Coordinator on 6456 0515 or email.