Continuing Education Opportunities
Starship supports the education and development of our nurses.
The nursing team is committed to the provision of excellence in nursing care in response to service needs. The nursing practice focus is to achieve effective patient outcomes through family-centred care.
You will be helped to achieve your potential through:
- An orientation period tailored to your previous nursing experience.
- Having a preceptor to help you achieve the familiarisation and orientation competencies for your area.
- Educational support to achieve the Professional Development and Recognition Programme (PDRP).
- Financial recognition of nursing levels as per the PSA or NZNO Multi Employer Collective Agreement (MECA).
- A structured process of performance evaluation.
- Financial assistance for education via the nurses and midwives continuing education fund as per the NZNO MECA.
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You will be expected to:
- Achieve the required competencies during orientation.
- Set professional development goals in collaboration with your nurse manager or team leader.
- Be clinically competent with intravenous fluid and medication administration within 4 weeks of commencing employment (hospital areas).
- Participate in the nursing teams activities and to progress professionally and clinically during your time with us.
Professional Development & Recognition Program
As part of ADHB, Starship supports the education and development of our nurses and the PDRP.
Nursing practice is differentiated into 4 levels, ranging from novice to expert, in order that the right nurse delivers the right care to the right patient at the right time with the right support.
Nurses have access to ongoing clinical practice development to support their progression in developing the knowledge skills and attitudes required.
Progress through these levels is managed by charge nurses or team leader and supported by nurse educators.
In recognition of nurses who have achieved level 3 or 4, extra payments above the basic salary are added as follows:
- Level 3 $2,500
- Level 4 $4,000
It is a legal requirement under the Health Practitioner Competency Act (HPCA) that nurses maintain a professional portfolio, which provides evidence of their ongoing current knowledge and skills, in order to maintain a practising certificate. The portfolio will contain performance objectives and review; peer reviews and evidence of ongoing education and development. This portfolio will be assessed 3 yearly by an independent assessor.
Starship Foundation Research Scholarship
Starship Children's Health is committed to supporting nursing research and nurse-led projects. Nurses are encouraged to engage in nursing research as an important way to advance clinical practice. This advancement enhances the healthcare provided to the children and their families who seek our help.
In recognition and support of this important area the Starship Foundation provides several child health nursing research scholarships each year. The goal of the scholarships is to enrich nursing knowledge and advance practice expertise in the area of child health nursing.
Experienced clinical researchers within the Children's Research Centre will advise and support scholarship holders and others to implement evidence within clinical nursing practice. The clinical research centre also offers an annual research award with funding from the Starship Foundation.
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