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Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) Nurse

Registered Nurse - Neonatal Services

Ongoing - 8 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.

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is one of four tertiary referral unit in Melbourne, providing care for sick and premature babies across Victoria. On average 1600 premature and medically very sick babies are admitted each year. The Neonatal Service also plays a key role in providing education and training for local, national and international health professionals and has an extensive research program that includes long term care follow up.

The Women’s NICU is a 54 bed unit made up of 27 Level six cots and 32 Level 3-5 cots. The NICU model of care is designed to keep mothers and babies together, underpinned by several principles including: consistency, continuity of care and the engagement of families.

Many hospitals in Victoria are not able to provide on-site screening for ROP, because there is a lack of available, suitably-trained, ophthalmologists (specialist eye doctors) to do the screening. This means that many babies need to stay in specialist facilities, like the Women’s, for ROP screening, rather than going to a hospital closer to their home.

The ROP Nurse is an advanced practice nursing role, that works within the Neonatal Intensive Care multidisciplinary team providing expert care to sick and premature newborns, through a nurse-led Newborn ROP Screening Service. The ROP Nurse is expertly trained to use a type of digital camera, a RET Cam, that takes images of the retina the back of the eye. These images are assessed by supervising ophthalmologists who diagnose ROP and plan the treatment and re-screening for the baby.

The ROP Nurse will also be required to travel throughout Metropolitan Melbourne and across Victoria, assisting other special care nurseries as part of The Women’s Hospital ROP Outreach service

Your contribution

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

  • Advanced Clinical Skills: Provide Clinical Leadership, by undertaking retinal digital imaging for the purposes of ROP Screening and other retinal imaging as indicated.
  • Provide ROP Outreach service to other Special Care nurseries and NICU across Victoria (Metropolitan Melbourne to Regional Victoria
  • Maintain knowledge of retinal digital imaging equipment: Ongoing professional development and maintenance of knowledge base regarding ROP equipment and consumables. This includes keeping up with current practices.
  • Acts as a clinical resource to staff in relation to ROP and facilitates ongoing training and support of other staff involved in ROP processes and review
  • Ensure all referrals for inpatients and outpatients including outreach services are attended to in a timely manner
  • Ensures that all eye examinations performed are documented in patient electronic medical file or other electronic information systems
  • Ensures that all digital eye images are uploaded in a timely manner for review by the ophthalmologist 

About you

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

  • Registered Nurse and or Registered Midwife – APHRA registered
  • Extensive postgraduate clinical experience in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (minimum 4 years)
  • Post Graduate Neonatal Nursing qualification or equivalent
  • Current Victorian Driving License
  • High level of computer literacy with a range of applications including Microsoft Word, Excel Skills and other IT Systems
  • Demonstrated experience in working effectively and collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team
  • Previous experience in a hospital setting as a ROP Nurse

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.