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Women's and Children's Health Network (WCHN)

Women's and Children's Hospital 

2017 Transition to Professional Practice Program (TPPP) Registered Nurses

On Wednesday 5 October 2016 emails were sent to all candidates advising of the outcome of their 2017 TPPP for Registered Nurses application.

Candidates who were made a provisional offer had until 12 October 2016 to accept or decline the offer.
Second round offers were made on Thursday 20 October 2016. SA Health has now completed the first and second round offers.

SA Health will not be making any further rounds of offers. As the take up rate for the TPPP offers has been very high SA Health anticipates there will be limited opportunities to make further offers. From this point forward SA Health will only make offers where a candidate withdraws or does not meet the provisional employment conditions.

Candidates interested in other employment opportunities with SA Health are encouraged to monitor the
SA Health careers website

The Women's and Children's Health Network is South Australia's leading provider of health services to children, young people and women. Within this network the Women's and Children's Hospital provides specialist acute and chronic health care services to babies, children and young people from birth to 18 years of age. The hospital also provides the state's largest maternity and obstetric service and Level 5 and Level 6 neonatal services. Located in North Adelaide, the hospital is surrounded by parklands and is only minutes from the city.

We employ a range of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals who work in partnership with babies, children, young people, women and their families.

Our Paediatric TPPP has been designed to help you "Take your first steps in Paediatric Nursing".

What does TPPP look like at the Women's and Children's Hospital?
The Women's and Children's Hospital offers various TPPP options including:

  • Paediatric Pathway
  • Perioperative Pathway
The Paediatric Pathway will provide new Registered Nurses with a comprehensive Paediatric experience during their first year of practice. Two placements are offered within this option providing you with an opportunity to experience various clinical settings and develop a wide range of Paediatric nursing skills.

Clinical placements are conducted in a variety of Medical and Surgical wards and specialty areas including:

  • Medical Short Stay Ward
  • Cassia Ward
  • Newland Ward (Surgical)
  • Kate Hill Ward (Surgical)
  • Paediatric Surgical Ambulatory Service (DOSA, DS and Campbell wards)
  • Paediatric Intensive Care
  • Paediatric Mental Health (Boylan)
  • Variety Adolescent Ward
  • Rose Ward (Babies under 12 months)
  • Paediatric Emergency
  • Neonatal Intensive Care
  • Special Care Baby Unit
  • Oncology/Haematology Service (Michael Rice Haematology Oncology Service)
A dedicated Perioperative Pathway offers selected opportunities for those interested in spending a full year within the specialised Recovery/Anaesthetics or Scrub/Scout environment.

Please see the hospital website for more information about these program options and contract hours.

Throughout your TPPP at the Women's and Children's Hospital, Registered Nurses are supported by various members of our team including:

Transition Support Team
  • Transition to Professional Practice Nurse Education Facilitator (TtPNEF)
  • Nurse Education Facilitators
  • Clinical Learning Coordinators/Clinical Nurse Educators
  • Associate Clinical Service Coordinators (Education)
Ward Supports
  • Practice Support People (Preceptors)
  • Clinical Service Coordinators
  • Nurse Service Directors
  • Nurse Management Facilitators
Intakes are planned to commence in early 2017.

Why apply for Women's and Children's Hospital?
At the Women's and Children's Hospital we understand that caring for babies and children and their families is a specialised and rewarding area of nursing. We care for many children with age specific or congenital conditions which are not seen in other specialties of Nursing. Throughout your TPPP, you will be provided with many opportunities to enhance your knowledge and skills related to Paediatric Nursing and Family Centred Care.

We recognise that your TPPP can be a challenging but rewarding learning curve and have designed our program to support and help you to "Take your first steps in Paediatric Nursing". All TPPP specific education sessions have been designed to consider the various stages of transition ensuring that the topics are relevant for your current stage of development.

You will be given the opportunity to attend the Introduction to Paediatrics Professional Development modules which compliment ward-based education activities. Transition specific debriefs and dynamic education sessions are also held weekly to encourage and support all participants. You will be provided with ongoing support from all members of the Transition Support Team and ward staff.

Feedback from previous TPPP Registered Nurses
  • "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 RN)
  • "Amazing program and I feel so lucky to have been given the opportunity to work with such amazing and passionate nurses" (TPPP RN)
  • "In my two placements I have (worked with) children from infancy right through to young adults. I have developed communication skills necessary to deal with different age groups and their families. I have attended a great deal of education and professional development sessions that have increased both my knowledge and clinical skills" (TPPP RN)
  • "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)
Information sessions
Come and meet our Transition Support Team and learn more about how we can help you to "Take your first steps in Paediatric nursing" :

Women's and Children's Hospital
  • Queen Victoria Lecture Theatre, enter via Kermode Street entrance and follow the signs (see map on WCH website)
  • Thursday 21 July 2016:  2:00pm - 4:00pm
For more information including a summary of the session and a hospital map please visit Women's and Children's Hospital

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
You will find that most questions are answered in the Frequently Asked Questions document, which you are requested to read prior to contacting us.

The website will be updated periodically, so please keep an eye out for future TPPP updates


Please ensure you have read the Frequently Asked Questions and answers prior to contacting us. If we haven't answered your question please submit it via email to and in the subject line please ensure you state TPPP REGISTERED NURSE QUERY.

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