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Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Date: 22-Nov-2022

Location: 50 Flemington Rd, AU

Company: theroyalch

The Hospital:

The Royal Children’s Hospital’s (RCH) Vision is “A world where all kids thrive”.

RCH is a cornerstone member of the Melbourne Children’s Campus, partnering with Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, The University of Melbourne Department of Paediatrics and The Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation.

RCH has cared for the children and young people of Victoria for more than 150 years since it was founded in 1870. A full range of paediatric and adolescent health services are provided plus tertiary and quaternary care for the most critically ill and medically complex patients in Victoria. Tasmania, southern NSW and other states around Australia and overseas. The Hospital has more than 6,000 staff, a budget of $850M, 12 wards and 350 beds. Annually, the RCH has 300,000+ Specialist Clinic appointments, 90,000+ Emergency Department presentations and 20,000 elective surgeries.

The RCH is committed to the Child Safe Standards

RCH enjoys high employee engagement and is committed to staff safety and a positive culture through enactment of our Compact.

For further Information on RCH is available here.


  • Full Time Fixed Term (2 years, with possibility of ongoing employment)
  • Hub of the medical precinct & leading Children’s Hospital
  • Fabulous employee benefits including salary packaging and onsite parking


The Newborn Intensive Care Unit:

The Royal Children's Hospital (RCH) Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is a Level 6b quaternary-level referral service which provides intensive and high-dependency family-centred care to approximately 800 infants each year. The NICU has a capacity of 35 cots (20-22 intensive care, 13-15 high dependency) and receives referrals of infants from a) maternity hospitals throughout Victoria, southern NSW and Tasmania, b) tertiary perinatal centres, and c) from within the RCH. The RCH is not a birthing centre therefore, there are no inborn babies.

Infants with a wide range of complex medical and surgical conditions are managed in the NICU. However, the Unit is particularly well recognised for its expertise in the management of infants with severe respiratory failure complicated by pulmonary hypertension, complex congenital malformations, airway obstruction, and a wide range of surgical conditions, particularly congenital diaphragmatic hernia and oesophageal atresia. Term infants with congenital heart disease, and those requiring extracorporeal support, are managed in the RCH Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, although the NICU does manage premature neonates with congenital heart disease prior to and after their recovery from cardiac surgery.


The Role:

  • Salary: $132,418 - 134,934 per anum plus superannuation

The primary role of the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) is to provide comprehensive diagnostic assessment and advanced clinical skills to the unwell neonate on the Butterfly Newborn Intensive Care Unit. The Neonatal Nurse Practitioner will display an evidence-based, team-oriented approach to enable the safe, effective and well organised care of patients in collaboration with medical, nursing and allied health professionals. This role positively contributes to the unit by improving and establishing continuity of care ensuring improved consistency. The NNP is a source of education to nursing and medical staff and families, contributes to the service and practice development and quality improvement initiatives, research and evidence-based projects, professional development, specialty and role promotion, and clinical and professional leadership and will be allocated both clinical and non-clinical time to facilitate achieving the goals of their position.


What you'll bring to the role:

  • Demonstrate advanced health assessment skills and ability to use diagnostic reasoning, critical thinking skills and evidence based practice in the management of the sick neonate
  • Have sound theoretical knowledge of neonatal medicine and proven competence in advanced clinical skills, including advanced neonatal resuscitation skills, related to the care and management of the critically ill neonate
  • Demonstrate ability to work cooperatively within a multidisciplinary team and maintain working relationships with key internal and external stakeholders
  • Have proven leadership skills
  • Have the ability to work across a 24/7 shift roster as required
  • Demonstrate organisational ability and excellent time management skills
  • Demonstrate self-driven commitment to ongoing personal and professional development


To be successsful in this role you will have:

  • Postgraduate qualification in Neonatal Intensive Care
  • Master of Nursing (or equivalent)
  • Endorsed Nurse Practitioner with AHPRA
  • Ideally 1 years’ experience as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner in a neonatal tertiary setting
  • Competence in the advanced clinical procedures related to the care of neonatal patients


To view the Position Description, please click here.


Other information and how to apply:


For further information about this role contact Dr Leah Hickey, Director of Neonatal Medicine at and/or Jessica O’Dowd, Nurse Unit Manager Butterfly Newborn Intensive Care at


Why work at the RCH?

RCH enjoys high employee engagement and is committed to staff safety and a positive culture through enactment of our Compact. We offer the opportunity to work in world-class facilities, surrounded by Royal Park and only a short tram trip from the heart of Melbourne city.

We also offer discounted staff parking, salary packaging, and an award-winning health and wellbeing program.

The RCH is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from culturally and/or linguistically diverse background, all members of the LGBTQI community and people with disability.

It is a requirement of your employment that you be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, and Influenza annually for Category A and B roles, in compliance with any public health orders in place at the relevant time, unless you have a medical exception in line with those public health orders, which has been accepted by The Royal Children’s Hospital.  Applicants will be required to provide their Australian Government Immunisation History Statement, it is a requirement of the RCH to collect, record and hold vaccination information.

It is also a requirement of your employment that you comply with any direction given by The Royal Children’s Hospital that you be vaccinated against, or prove immunity to, any other disease, unless you have a relevant exemption


Are you ready to join our team? 

 Apply online by clicking on the “Apply” button

Applications close 21 December 2022