Job posted: 05/08/2022
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Job Description

Location: Melbourne | Southern Metropolitan

Job type: Not provided

Organisation: Royal Women's Hospital

Salary: Salary not specified

Occupation: Nursing

Reference: 24272

Reference: 24272

Occupation: Nursing

Salary Range: Salary not specified

Work location: Melbourne | Southern Metropolitan

Nurse Unit Manager - Special Care Nursery 

Neonatal Services

Ongoing Postion - 38 hours per week


The Royal Women’s Hospital is Australia’s first and largest specialist hospital dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of newborns and women of all ages. To join the Women’s is to be instrumental in forging progress towards health equity for women from ground-breaking research through to the bedside delivery of multi-disciplinary clinical care.

Creating exceptional experiences is at the heart of everything we do for our patients, their families, and our people across our specialised services within maternity, neonatal and women’s health.

The Special Care Nursery (SCN) is an eight cot Level three Special Care Nursery, providing care for mildly/moderately unwell newborns born at greater than or equal to thirty-four weeks gestation or newborns with a birthweight of greater than or equal to 2,000 grams. The SCN also accepts transfers from tertiary neonatal units of medically stable preterm babies for ongoing care and support in preparation for discharge from hospital. On average 200 babies are admitted each year. The SCN model of care is underpinned by keeping mothers and babies together to achieve this the SCN works in close partnership with the Sandringham Maternity services.

Your contribution 

The Nurse Unit Manager – Special Care Nursery Sandringham is responsible for providing clinical leadership and enhancing the safety and effectiveness of clinical practice to the Special Care Nursery Sandringham and works closely with the Services Manager, Head of Unit, medical team and the nurses and midwives.

The Nurse Unit Manager – Special Care Nursery Sandringham is responsible for the day to day operation across the Special Care Nursery, providing central co-ordination of patient flow, including admissions and discharges.The Nurse Unit Manager – Special Care Nursery Sandringham oversees staffing requirements and budget measures for the Special Care Nursery and is the central point of contact for the multidisciplinary team internally and externally for issues relating to Neonatal Services.

The role does provide hands-on care and carries a patient load when required. The role is the key role in providing clinical leadership support to all levels of nursing/midwife staff in the SCN on a shift-toshift basis. The Nurse Unit Manager also provides cover and support to the Services Manager, including covering the Services Manager role, as required.

Your duties will include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • In collaboration with the Clinical Directors (Medical and Nursing) provide strategic and clinical leadership for all services within the SCN portfolio. Maintain a culture within the SCN which values multidisciplinary collaboration, clinical excellence, Family Centered and developmental care.

  • As a senior leader in SCN establish and sustains trusting and respectful relationships with internal and external stakeholders.

  • Provide leadership for direct reports by developing and coaching them, appraise performance, delegate appropriate tasks and accountabilities, and ensure they receive appropriate, professional training and development opportunities to support them in their role and development.

  • Central point of contact for operational queries involving a coordinated response to the Paediatric Infant Perinatal Emergency Retrieval service (PIPER).

  • Ensure a seamless pathway for the babies and their family to maintain the model of care principles; maximise continuity of care-giver and minimise movement of the baby with the internal multidisciplinary teams and external partners such as other Special care nurseries and PIPER.

  • Ensure systems, processes and practices are developed and implemented within a continuous improvement framework and promote innovation.

About you

To be successful within this role you will need to have:

  • AHPRA Registration –Registered Nurse or Registered Midwife.

  • Post graduate qualifications in Neonatal Nursing (or equivalent).

  • Significant and demonstrable clinical experience as a senior Nurse/Midwife in a neonatal/maternity environment.

  • Demonstrated understanding of the complexity of working in a public health setting including the Victorian public health sector enterprise agreements and budget processes.

  • Strong communication skills; skilled negotiator, critical thinker, conflict resolution competent and an ability to communicate on all levels.

Our offering

When you join the Women’s you unite with talented people who share your purpose and unwavering determination to advance health outcomes for all women. You will find a workplace that is collaborative, progressive and passionate about learning and working together in multi-disciplinary teams to ensure you find the exceptional in your everyday.

Our staff benefits program includes salary packaging, on-site car parking and childcare (subject to availability), alongside a range of discounted financial, lifestyle and wellbeing benefits provided by our staff benefit partners. To learn more, please visit: www.thewomens.org.au/careers/why-work-at-the-womens/staff-benefits/

We are proudly Breastfeeding Association accredited. The Women’s is committed to gender equity principles and our people have an awareness of and sensitive approach to violence against women/family violence matters. 

The Women’s is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and social inclusion. We welcome applications from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, including those from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders, people with lived experience of disability and people who identify as LGBTI.

It is a policy of the Women's to provide reasonable adjustments for persons with a disability. If you need assistance or adjustments to fully participate in the application or interview process, please contact the hiring manager listed under 'Contact Person'

Ready to make the move?

For more information about the position, please see the Position Description attached and apply online by selecting “apply now” below.

All appointments to the Women’s are subject to a satisfactory clearance of Working with Children Check and Police Check.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

Please be aware that in line with the Health Minister's Covid-19 Mandatory Vaccination Order, all workers at the Women's regardless of role, will be required to be fully vaccinated (3 doses) for COVID-19 or hold an acceptable medical exemption.

Influenza Vaccination Requirement

In line with the Health Services Amendment (Mandatory Vaccination of Healthcare Workers) Act 2020, some health care workers are now required to have their flu vaccination to work in health care. Evidence of vaccination is required.

As this role fits into category A or B of the departments risk ratings, applicants will be required to have been vaccinated against influenza. Evidence of vaccination is required.

All applicants will be required to provide acceptable evidence of their vaccination status.

If you would like to receive this information/publication in an accessible format (such as large print or audio) please call our HR Enquiries line on: 03 8345 2080, or email HR.Enquiries@thewomens.org.au


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Fay Presbury