Explore our wards and units

We offer nursing employment opportunities in general and specialist, inpatient and outpatient health services.

Adolescent Unit

The Adolescent Unit or C3 South has 14 beds and provides care to patients between the ages of 10 and 18 years. The Unit’s case mix is predominantly medical, surgical, mental health and chronic/complex health conditions.

The nurse to patient ratio from 1:1 to 1:4 and is variable according to patient needs.

We promote partnership-in-care with the families in a family friendly environment.

The unit cares for high acuity and/or high dependency patients, excellent opportunities exist to develop advanced skills in areas such as tracheostomy management, ventilation, complex multi-level gastrointestinal surgery and orthopaedic surgery.

Rostering choices

  • Full time/Part Time hours are supported
  • Shifts are twelve hours, morning shift commencing at 0700 and night shift 1900. There is a day shift from 0900 – 2130.

Staff induction and support

Staff are supported by the Nursing Unit Manager and a ward Clinical Nurse Educator who work Monday – Friday. The unit has Clinical Nurse Specialists who are rostered on rotation and there are Clinical Nurse Consultants in a variety of different paediatric specialty areas available throughout the hospital.

Each new staff member is allocated a preceptor and they are offered an extended period of time of supernumerary based on individual needs and paediatric experience.

We offer regular and ongoing education including an in-service program and opportunities to attend internal and external study days.

Education

  • Regular in-service program
  • Hospital-wide education forums
  • Study leave to attend external and internal courses
  • Access to the campus library 

Adolescent Mental Health Unit - Saunders Unit

Saunders Unit is an 8 bedded secure unit that provides specialised mental health care to young people between the ages of 12 and 18 years.

The nurse to patient ratio from 1:1 to 1:3 is variable according to patient needs.

Shifts include an eight-hour morning and evening shift beginning at 0700 and 1330 hours respectively and a 10-hour night shift from 2130 to 0730 hours.

Staff are supported by:

  • a clinical nurse educator, nurse unit manager, clinical nurse consultants and a dedicated multidisciplinary team
  • a preceptor including an extended period of time, based on individual need, for nurses without paediatric or mental health experience
  • access to a four day Mental Health Program for those without previous mental health experience and many other educational opportunities.
  • clinical supervision by internal and external facilitators.

The Transition to Mental Health Nursing program has one intake per year and takes nurses from a variety of backgrounds who are new to mental health nursing. The program is a one year program that provides a structured supported environment that includes clinical supervision, four study days and specialised Violence Prevention and Management training.

Ambulatory Care

Ambulatory Care is a busy, multipurpose day surgery unit with 23 beds catering for children (from neonates to adolescents) from across the state who require a general anaesthetic for both medical and surgical procedures.

Care is provided pre and post operatively for a variety of procedures including general and specialty surgery, radiology, dermatology, dental and endoscopy.

The unit functions independently with its own bookings and admissions area which provides an access pathway for both day only and day surgery patients. A pre-operative clinic service is also provided one day a week.

The unit is staffed by a team of enthusiastic paediatric registered nurses experienced in the pre and post operative care of the child. It operates Monday to Friday from 0700 to 1730 hours with extended hours until 1900 hours, three days a week.

Cardiac/Renal/Surgical Infant Unit

The C 1 South ward provides care to 16 patients between the ages of newborn to pre-adolescence. The case-mix is predominately cardiac, renal/kidney transplantation and peritoneal dialysis, surgical infants, chronic respiratory disorders requiring non-invasive support- CPAP, BiPAP, and endocrinology.

Patient Ratio

The nurse-to-patient ratio varies from 1:3 to 1:4 depending on patient's needs.

Shift Hours

  • 0700 to 1545 hours
  • 1315 to 2200 hours
  • 2130 to 0730 hours

Staff induction and support

All new staff members are provided a corporate and nursing orientation program. 

Staff are supported by the Nursing Unit Manager, a ward Clinical Nurse Educator, a number of Clinical Nurse Specialist and Clinical Nurse Consultants.

All new staff are assigned a preceptor and a period of time in a supernumerary capacity, the time frame dependent on the individual’s needs.

Education

  • Regular in-service program
  • Hospital wide education opportunities
  • Access to campus Library

Child and family health

Early Childhood

Within the eastern Sydney suburbs of Waverley, Woollahra, Randwick and Botany there are 10 early childhood centres. The centres are staffed by 22 registered nurses, all of whom hold either post graduate qualifications in a midwifery or child and family health, or both, and who work as part of a multidisciplinary team.

The nurses in the centres advise new parents on various aspects of parenting, feeding, sleep and settle, and weight gain. They also run parenting groups. Back-up support is provided by the parent support team, a skilled group of midwives who visit "at risk families" in their homes to offer advice and monitoring for six weeks after the birth of a child.

Nurses are also actively involved in implementing the Health Home Visiting Program through the state government's "Families First" initiative. This initiative is aimed at early intervention and support for families with children 0 to eight years of age and solving problems before they become entrenched.

School Health Team

School health nurses are registered nurses who hold post registration qualifications in child and family health or paediatrics. They visit schools within the eastern suburbs of Sydney conducting childhood development screening and surveillance.

School health nurses:

  • test children for vision and hearing problems at the point of entry to school and refer any problems identified
  • conduct a range of activities including groups for both children and parents which promote health
  • conduct a four-week personal development program for 12 year olds before they enter high school, which includes anatomy and physiology, periods and body changes, sexuality and child birth
  • run Triple P (positive parenting program) and TIPS (the tips and ideas for parenting skills program) groups to encourage better parenting

Clinical Research Centre

The Clinical Research Centre (CRC) allows children to access novel therapies and innovative research in a safe, family-friendly environment. At the CRC, our research nurses take a leading role in collaboration with clinical investigators and industry partners to prepare and conduct clinical research, including clinical trials, with children.

As the primary interface between trial participants, families and clinicians, research nurses use and build upon their communication, problem-solving and core nursing skills to deliver care through research on a daily basis.

Staff profile

The CRC has a team of specialised healthcare professionals led by a Clinical Research Nurse Manager. Team members comprise a Clinical Trials Medical Officer, as well as Clinical Research Nurses. 

Study management activities performed by Clinical Research Nurses include leading the assessment phase of a research opportunity, overseeing research ethics and governance submissions, coordinating with clinical trial commercial sponsors and investigators, facilitating site selection visits, reviewing research agreements, and managing third-party service providers.

Clinical care provided by Clinical Research Nurses includes conducting clinical assessments, performing monitoring and observations, and providing advice to patients and families on study progression. 

Rostering choices

  • Full time
  • Part time with flexible hours and shifts.  Note that most shifts are scheduled during normal office hours and that evening and weekend shifts are generally not required.
  • Multi assignments across facilities and departments to balance development of clinical skills while building a career as a Clinical Research Nurse.

Research areas

  • Neurology
  • Respiratory
  • Gastroenterology
  • Endocrinology
  • Gene therapy
  • Dermatology
  • Immunology

Staff induction and support

  • Ongoing skills development and training
  • Journal Club to review international clinical trial results
  • Ongoing support from a dedicated clinical nurse educator

Education

  • Regular in-service program
  • Hospital-wide education forums
  • Study leave to attend conferences and seminars
  • Access to the campus library

Emergency Department

The emergency department, one of only two such departments in the state, is a level six tertiary referral trauma centre which provides emergency services to children aged 0-16 from Sydney and Greater New South Wales. There are, on average, 30,000 presentations a year. A close working relationship with the state-wide paediatric retrieval service, Newborn Emergency Transport Service (NETS) and the air ambulance exists to provide high level specialist care for critically ill children.

The department is committed to best practice in paediatric emergency care with a supportive and motivating nursing culture and there is a strong commitment to quality, with staff encouraged to actively participate in projects.

Opportunities exist for nurses to develop skills in:

  • Trauma
  • Advanced paediatric life support
  • Triage
  • Acute mental Health
  • Advanced practice eg plastering, ventilation
  • Disaster/critical incident management

Ongoing professional support for nurses, including guidance in the planning and development of their career paths, is provided by a full time nurse educator. The department supports the pursuit of relevant tertiary education and is able to support staff in the completion of academic projects.

Sydney Children's Hospital Emergency Department is the hub for The Greater Eastern and Southern Child Health Network. A clinical nurse consultant is employed to co-ordinate the Network's projects.

Haematology/Oncology Unit

Staff and services

The Haematology/Oncology Unit, also known as the Kids Cancer Centre, has provided a comprehensive service for children diagnosed with haematologic and malignant disease in New South Wales for more than 30 years. In addition, we have the largest bone marrow transplant program in the region and accept international and interstate patients for complex bone marrow transplants and aphaeresis.
The Centre comprises a multi-disciplinary team of medical, nursing and psychosocial staff. Two clinical nurse specialists provide care in the community and the senior medical staff conduct outreach clinics in Canberra, Newcastle and Campbelltown.

Turnbull Ward

The Turnbull Ward is a 16-bed inpatient ward for children with cancer and blood disorders with four dedicated bone marrow transplant beds. Highly skilled and experienced nurses provide care 24 hours every day. 
There is a range of educational opportunities for nurses on the ward and a comprehensive orientation program is provided for all new staff. The Introduction to Paediatric Oncology course and Haematology Program are conducted on a regular basis. There is an active nursing research and journal club. Support continues with ongoing education and professional development opportunities.
Haematology/oncology are unique areas that expose registered nurses to many challenging clinical situations such as:

  • Caring for children with a variety of cancer and blood disorder conditions
  • The care of central venous access devices
  • The administration of chemotherapy and management of the side effects of this therapy
  • Caring for febrile and neutropenic children
  • Caring for children who have undergone complex surgery procedures
  • Looking after children who are undergoing a variety of stem cell transplants.

Day Stay Ward (C2n)

This is an 18-bed medical day unit providing a range of services for children with cancer and blood disorders. Children attend to have short and long chemotherapy regimens (up to 8 hours). Blood product transfusions are also administered, as well as Apheresis- including stem cells, is provided in the day unit.

Procedures such as Lumbar punctures and Bone Marrow aspirates are performed 2 days per week. An anaesthetist provides either anaesthetic or sedation for these procedures.

Central venous access care and blood tests are carried out in the day unit as well as follow up care and treatment for children post Bone Marrow Transplant.

Outpatient Clinic

Outpatient clinics are held each day of the week Monday to Friday for follow up care and preparing patients’ for day treatment.

The oncology service also provides a long term follow up clinic. This is a multidisciplinary clinic and provides follow up for children and adults who have received therapy for childhood cancer.

A clinical nurse consultant supports this clinic and ensures appropriate follow up is undertaken. This clinic is run from The Bright Alliance.

Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplants

The Centre conducts bone marrow transplantation (BMT) for children with a range of diseases including cancer, leukaemia, marrow failure, transfusion-dependent anaemia, immunodeficiencies and a range of rare metabolic diseases. The BMT program began in 1976 and more than 500 paediatric transplants have been performed. The program accepts referrals from all over Australia and South East Asia. The Australian Cord Blood Bank is part of the Centre and provides both a national and international service for children or adults requiring a stem cell transplant.

 Infant/Toddler Unit

The Infant/Toddler Unit has 18 beds, including four high acuity beds. The age range of patients is from newborn to 10 years with the majority of patients being in the newborn to one year age group.

Casemix is predominantly general surgery, ear, nose and throat and plastics and includes general medical, particularly gastro-oesophageal reflux and feeding difficulties.

We promote partnership-in-care with the families and provide accommodation for parents/carers to stay on the ward with their child.

Nurse to patient ratio is dependent on patient acuity with the high acuity ratio 1:3 and non-high acuity 1:4 or 1:5.

We have a highly-skilled, supportive and stable team of nurses in the unit including a full-time clinical nurse educator who provides an individualised induction program for the new employees, regular and ongoing education including the in-service program.

Intensive care unit

The Children’s Intensive Care Unit (CICU) at Sydney Children’s Hospital (SCH) is a mixed medical-surgical unit. The CICU is staffed for 17 1:1 beds, 8 medical registrars, 0.5 medical resident, 4 ICU Fellows and 5 ICU consultants. The unit cares for both critically ill and high dependency patients. The CICU is a level 6 facility offering complex care including non-invasive, conventional and high-frequency mechanical ventilation, nitric oxide, hemofiltration and ECMO.

The philosophy of CICU promotes and supports family-centered care and is undertaken within a model that promotes dignity and respect, information sharing, participation and collaboration. CICU functions in a multi-disciplinary framework of care where nursing and medical staff are supported by other members of the CICU multidisciplinary team including social workers, dietitians, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and administrative staff.

Staff profile

The unit is led by a dynamic team of management and education staff. The Nurse Manager oversees all operations of the ICU. The Nurse Manager is supported by two Clinical Nurse Unit Managers, and a Clinical Nurse Consultant. The education team is comprised of a Nurse Educator and two Clinical Nurse Educators.

There are around 105 (full-time equivalent) RN positions in the unit plus ancillary staff including technical aides, cleaners and porters.


Rostering choices

  • Full-time
  • Part-time
  • Casual
  • 12 hour or eight-hour shift rostering patterns
  • Self-rostering

Casemix

The CICU admits approximately 1,050 patients per year, making it one of the busiest Children’s Intensive Care Units in Australia. Admissions to the CICU come from in-house patients (ED or general wards), operating theatre, and Newborn and paediatric Emergency Transport Service (NETS) transfers from throughout NSW. We also accept both interstate and international retrievals.

  • Neonates (medical and surgical) - adolescents.
  • Surgical patients including neurosurgery, ear, nose and throat, craniofacial surgery, plastic reconstructive surgery, orthopedics and renal
  • Multi trauma patients
  • General medical patients including oncology
  • Cardiology / cardiac surgery

Staff induction and support

  • Individualised preceptorship program
  • Structured professional development pathway
  • Ongoing support from Clinical Nurse Educators, a Nurse Educator, Clinical Nurse Consultant and an Equipment Coordinator

Education

  • Transition to Professional Practice ( Grad Starts )
  • Specialist Transition Programme to CICU
  • Advanced Clinical Study Day Series
  • Regular in-service program
  • Hospital-wide education forums
  • Study leave to attend conferences and seminars

Medical/Isolation Unit

C3West is a busy 24 bedded unit. It is the General Medical ward and incorporates a 12-bed Medical Assessment Unit and 8 Isolation rooms.

Patients admitted range from neonates to 16 years old.

The case mix is varied and includes children with Asthma, Bronchiolitis, Gastroenteritis, Sepsis and those Oncology patients requiring isolation.

The unit has a fast turnover and provides excellent opportunities to develop skills for caring for a wide variety of tertiary referral paediatric patients including those who require high acuity care.

Patient Ratio

The nurse-to-patient ratio varies from 1:3 to 1:4 depending on patients' needs.

Shift Hours

Shifts are 8 – 10 hours on a rotating roster.

  • 0700 to 1530
  • 1330 to 2200
  • 2130 to 0730

Fulltime and part-time hours are available.

Staff induction and support

New staff members attend orientation and commence on supernumerary shifts according to individual needs and prior experience.

Staff are supported by a Nurse Unit Manager and a ward Clinical Nurse Educator Monday to Friday.

Clinical Nurse Consultants work within the ward team and act as a clinical resource to support staff.

The unit provides a varied education program as well as a supporting attendance at internal and external study days.

Medical Day Only

The Medical Day Only Unit  operates on Monday to Friday from 0800 until 1630 hours, with late finishes at 1800 hours on two days each week.

It is a unique, varied and challenging working environment that offers staff the opportunity of developing some sophisticated skills and knowledge under the guidance of a highly skilled team of clinicians. The variety of services conducted in this area gives nurses an interesting clinical workload and opportunities to work with several different medical teams.

Services include:

  • About 30 patients with haemoglobinopathies who regularly attend for transfusion of red cells.
  • Chemotherapy is administered and supportive care for oncology patients, including those who remain in isolation following bone marrow transplant, is provided.
  • An anaesthetic list for children requiring lumbar punctures and bone marrow aspirates is run two days a week, with patients recovered in the unit under the supervision of the anaesthetist.
  • The apheresis service for the hospital is housed here also. While advanced skills are required to work in this service and may initially appear daunting, specific training and support is provided for all staff until they become proficient.
  • Patients requiring infusions or short procedures are also seen in Medical Day Only.

Orthopaedic/Neurology Unit

The Orthopaedic/Neurology Unit is a 22-bed paediatric tertiary referral unit providing acute neurological, surgical and medical services to the children of greater New South Wales who are aged between 0-16 years.

The unit also provides an orthopaedic service and a brain injury rehabilitation program. Recent refurbishment to the ward has meant we are able to provide a safe room to nurse the head injury children.

A specialised epilepsy service is complemented by a state of the art inpatient telemetry unit.

Since the unit has the capacity to care for high acuity and/or high dependency patients, excellent opportunities exist to develop advanced skills in areas such as tracheostomy management, ventilation and intracranial pressure monitoring.

Our nurse to patient ratio varies according to patient acuity from 1:3 to 1:4/1:6.

The shifts available in the unit are:

  • Eight-hour morning shift (0700 to 1545 hours)
  • Eight-hour afternoon shift (1315 to 2200 hours)
  • 10-hour night shift (2130 to 0730 hours)
  • Family-centered flexible staff rostering with the opportunity to negotiate shift times and work four to six-hour shifts if required.

Educational support and guidance is provided by the full-time clinical nurse educator. All staff on commencement in the unit are allocated a preceptor with whom they work, in a supernumerary capacity, for a negotiated period of time. The unit is also supported by three specialist clinical nurse consultants.

Outpatient Services

If you are thinking of working in children's outpatients you must have the ability to:

  • work under pressure
  • meet deadlines
  • work both independently and as a team member
  • have a professional telephone manner
  • basic computer skills
  • be compassionate to parents and carers
  • have a great love of children

We see about 3,500 children per month in the following clinics:

  • Allergy
  • Burns dressing
  • Dermatology
  • Feeding
  • Immunology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Orthopaedic/fracture
  • Adverse reaction
  • Lung function
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • General paediatrics
  • Skin test
  • Cardiac
  • Dietetics
  • Gastroenterology
  • Medical
  • Oncology
  • Plastic
  • Opportunistic
  • Immunisation
  • Surgical
  • Asthma
  • Brain injury
  • Cardiac pre-admission
  • Ear, nose and throat
  • Genetic
  • Neurology
  • Haematology
  • Immunisation
  • Respiratory
  • Behaviour
  • Hearing support service

We also have multidisciplinary clinics that provide all services for the child on the day of visit. These include:

  • Cleft palate
  • Gynaecology
  • Muscle
  • Scoliosis
  • Sydney craniofacial
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Limb deficiency
  • Renal
  • Spina bifida
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Diabetes
  • Pain
  • Rheumatology
  • Vascular birthmark
  • Hand

Recovery Unit

Paediatric Recovery is a busy, high dependency unit providing post-anaesthetic care for any child who requires a general anaesthetic.

The nine-bed unit is run by a team of registered nurses including the nursing unit manager, clinical nurse educator and clinical nurse consultant whose philosophy is to provide a safe, caring environment for the child and family by providing a smooth transition from recovery to ward.

The work environment is friendly, co-operative and conducive to learning, with staff highly supportive of one another. Team nursing is favoured as a way of optimising patient care within the unit.

The nurses are highly skilled and experienced in the care of the unconscious patient, with a main focus on airway management and the ability to act on any airway obstruction requiring resuscitation. Pain management and fluid hydration skills are gained with an emphasis on evidence-based practice.

Rostering is flexible from Monday to Friday only and with no night duty. One on-call evening and/or weekend shift to cover emergency cases is required. Staff may choose to work four 10-hour shifts a week.

 Sleep Unit

The Sleep Unit is a small and very specialised area where children, who present with a variety of problems, have their sleep patterns studied overnight. The unit has a capacity to study three children a night.

The children are admitted in the afternoon and are discharged the following morning on completion of the study with nurses responsible for meeting all the patient's needs including setting up for the study, monitoring overnight and reporting on the study.

One nurse works an eight hour afternoon shift from Monday to Thursday. Two other nurses each work 10 hour night duty shifts on those days.

The unit provides on-the-job training for nurses in this very interesting field.

Short Stay Surgical Unit 

The Short Stay Surgical Unit, or C1 SW is a high volume, fast paced unit caring for patient’s pre and postoperatively.

The unit consists of three areas:

  • Pre-admission: Admission of elective and non-elective surgical patients requiring a general anaesthetic
  • Day Stay: Monitoring and observing patients for ‘Same Day’ surgery
  • Overnight Ward: 12 beds caring for short stay surgical patients

Rostering choices

Full time/Part Time hours are supported.

Shift times are varied:

  • Pre- admission 07:00-15:30
  • Day Stay 09:30-18:00 and 11:30-20:00
  • Overnight ward 07:00-15:30, 13:30-22:00, 21:30-07:30

Staff induction and support

The unit is staffed by a team of enthusiastic paediatric nurses experienced in the pre and post-operative care of the child. All nurses are supported and will rotate through the three clinical sections of the unit

Educational support and guidance is provided by the fulltime Nursing Unit Manager and Clinical Nurse Educator. All staff are allocated a preceptor in a supernumerary capacity for a negotiated period of time

Education

  • Regular in-service program facilitated by nurses on the unit
  • Hospital-wide education forums
  • Study leave to attend external and internal courses relevant to the unit