The Royal Melbourne Hospital is committed to providing nursing students with a positive clinical learning experience. 

This large acute care hospital has two campuses, located on the edge of the central business district of Melbourne.

The RMH is a teaching hospital which works in partnership with universities, colleges and other external stakeholders, and provides a major trauma and referral centre for north-western metropolitan Melbourne, country Victoria and interstate regions.

Inpatient services include medical, surgical, intensive care, coronary care, specialist medical and surgical services, oncology, nephrology, neuroscience and rehabilitation.

Clinical placements are offered to undergraduate nursing students in line with our Statement of Purpose: Securing the health of our communties through research and innovation, to deliver effective services and educate future generations.

The RMH provides a positive learning environment for the students with the aim of meeting their clinical needs and promoting the agency as a desirable institution to undertake the Graduate Nurse Program.

Information for nursing undergraduate students

Your responsibilites as a student

You must

  • Understand and respect patient rights
  • Maintain patient confidentiality at all times
  • Be punctual at all times
  • Adhere to the dress code
  • Be appropriately equipped (ie., watch, pens, scissors)
  • Be appropriately prepared for clinical experience (ie., objectives of placement)
  • Take an active part in the care of patients appropriate to your year and skill level
  • Be orientated to the hospital and the units
  • Discuss any absence from the ward beforehand with staff to ensure patient care is not compromised
  • Familiarise yourself with the policies and procedures of the hospital including emergency protocols
  • Ensure your university has a record of your current police check
  • Recommended immunization status includes mantoux test, MMR, hepatitis B vaccination, post vaccination hepatitis B antibody level, ADT (Tetanus/Diphtheria) as per Immunization Guidelines for Health Care Workers
  • Have your nursing notes countersigned by the registered nurse responsible for the patients
  • Advise the clinical area if late or unable to attend a shift
  • Contact your clinical teacher only via the university paging system
  • Messages only to be left with the hospital switchboard in an emergency

Identification

Authorised by the visiting institution is to be worn by all visiting students at all times.

Uniforms 

Unifiorms are compulsory in areas of direct contact with patients and the public.

Manuals

Manuals are available in each unit and these include a Patient Procedure Manual, Infection Control Manual and Emergency Manual.

Food

The City Campus and Royal Park Campus both have a variety of places to buy foods, snacks and drinks.

Parking

Parking is available at the City Campus and Royal Park Campus. Please see your clinical teacher for concession.

Library

The Health Sciences Library is available to students, loans are only available to students with reciprocal borrowing rights. Photocopying  is available from the library.

Resouces

Information for nursing clinical teachers

Your responsibilites as a nursing clinical teacher

You must

  • Provide appropriate and competent clinical supervision in a teacher-student ratio of 1:8. This is excepted when a student is following a patient through a perioperative procedure, however, the Clinical Teacher must be contactable.
  • Ensure students remain on the allocated ward /unit for the negotiated time to allow the unit to function with minimal disruption
  • Negotiate any reallocating of students with Clinical Placement Coordinator, in the department of Nursing Education and Research
  • Ensure both teachers and students have adequate orientation to the hospital and designated units
  • Conduct student assessments ensure contactable by students, Nurse Unit Managers and RMH Clinical Placement Coordinator.
  • Providing a roster of the students during their placement to the NUM
  • Liaise with RMH Clinical Placement Coordinator
  • Make an appointment to meet with the unit manager and provide an updated student list and clear clinical objectives at least one week prior to the clinical placement
  • Discuss with unit manager times for debriefing / clinical conference
  • Discuss the allocation of patients to students with ward staff, as they are responsible for their patients at all times
  • Discuss with ward staff proposed teaching / learning opportunities for students that involve patients on the ward
  • Discuss any learning needs the student may have during the placement with the staff
  • Become familiar with hospital policies and procedures relating to nursing practice at RMH
  • Ensure the university has a record of your current police check

Using facilities

Every effort will be made to provide venues for clinical conference / debriefing sessions at requested times. It is expected that both students and clinical teachers will take due care of hospital facilities, return borrowed equipment and / or keys, be conscious of not disturbing others and will not take food or drink into the conference rooms.

Identification  

Authorised by the visiting institution is to be worn by all visiting clinical teaching staff at all times.

Uniforms 

Unifiorms are compulsory in areas of direct contact with patients and the public.

Immunisation

Recommended immunization status includes mantoux test, MMR, hepatitis B vaccination, post vaccination hepatitis B antibody level, ADT (Tetanus/Diphtheria) as per Immunization Guidelines for Health Care Workers

Orientation

Orientation to the Royal Melbourne Hospital is strongly recommended and can be arranged through the Clinical Placement Coordinator.

Manuals

Manuals are available in each unit and these include a Patient Procedure Manual, Infection Control Manual and Emergency Manual.

Food

The City Campus and Royal Park Campus both have a variety of places to buy foods, snacks and drinks.

Parking

Parking is available at the City Campus at a moderate cost per day provided identification is shown to the cashier..

Classroom and tutorial rooms

Rooms can be booked for debriefing sessions through hospital management.

Library

The Health Sciences Library is available to students, loans are only available to students with reciprocal borrowing rights. Photocopying  is available from the library.