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Clinical Education Framework

The Sydney Local Health District Nursing and Midwifery Service is committed to supporting the on-going education and development of its staff. We believe that education, skills training and career development is a shared responsibility between the employee and the employer. Our commitment to all our staff is to support them in developing and maintaining the required skills and knowledge to perform in their role. Robust training and development opportunities are available to staff in key career directions in clinical care, leadership, education and research.

Clinical Education for our staff

Clinical education is coordinated by a group of ward/unit based Clinical Nurse/Midwife Educators across all of our facilities and services and they are supported by Nurse Educators located with the Centre for Education and Workforce Development. All staff have a responsibility as health professionals to contribute to their own and others education and as such it is expected that registered and enrolled nurses, midwives, nurse consultants and practitioners will actively participate in these activities both formally and informally.

Most of our wards and units have a Clinical Nurse/Midwife Educator either part or full time and many of them work a modified rotating roster on a needs basis to provide education support to our staff. Many of our Clinical Nurse/Midwife Educators are appointed into secondment positions and this provides a range of staff with an interest in education an opportunity to develop these skills.

The Clinical Nurse/Midwife Educator role is to facilitate and support the development of staff in conjunction with the Nursing/Midwifery Unit Manager and other key staff including Clinical Nurse/Midwifery Specialists, Clinical Nurse/Midwife Consultants, Nurse Practitioners etc...

Once appointed Clinical Nurse/Midwife Educators are provided with a robust orientation program as well as further education opportunities. The Centre for Education and Workforce Development conducts two education programs to support the orientation and on -going professional development of CN/MEs and these are available over the course of the year.

Each year the Clinical Nurse/Midwife Educator in collaboration with the Nursing/Midwifery Unit Manager and clinical staff will develop an education plan that will identify and support the development needs of staff in respect to changes in evidence based practice, professional practice issues and other relevant subject matter.

All of our staff are committed to the principals of on-going professional learning and support each other in achieving this. Where appropriate we participate in inter-disciplinary learning and development activities that support team based practice activities.
The Clinical Nurse/Midwifery Educator is not responsible for ensuring that staff receive or are up to date with minimum and/or mandatory education requirements. This is the responsibility of each individual nurse and is a requirement of annual registration/authorisation to practice.

The CN/ME works in collaboration with the Nursing/Midwifery Unit Manager and other staff to coordinate unit based education activities which is largely, but not exclusively, delivered through the use of defined in service time. Other education is delivered through bed side teaching, case studies, observational visits, attendance at morbidity and mortality meetings and on line tutorials as well as during case conferences or multi -disciplinary ward rounds.

In some areas and for some limited purpose it is appropriate to utilise the expertise of external providers for example pharmaceutical or medical equipment manufacturers.

The CN/ME will use robust evaluation methodologies to ascertain the effectiveness of educational activities during the course of the year and will provide this feedback to the Nursing/Midwifery Unit Manager and the nursing team.

Attachments CNE PD
CNE Education program

Student Education

The SLHD is committed to ensuring access to its future health workforce through access to robust undergraduate and pre-vocational learning opportunities.

The Nursing and Midwifery Service in conjunction with CEWD has student placement agreements with a number of tertiary education institutions and is committed to providing quality clinical placements across all of its hospitals and services.

Undergraduate nursing and midwifery students attend clinical placements for periods between two weeks and up to six months. The students receive support from University allocated facilitators as well as staff to ensure that they experience a positive clinical placement that assists them in their learning objectives.

The CN/ME and Nursing/Midwifery Unit Manager take a lead role in providing support to students through robust orientation and appropriate learning opportunities and this is supported by all clinical staff to ensure that students are encouraged and supported through sound supervision and experiential learning.

Post graduate studies and short course attendance

Nurses and Midwives are able to access a range of post graduate programs of study to support their development and area of practice. These programs are available internally through the Centre for Education and Workforce Development and externally through a range of education providers.

Where the education program is directly relevant to the staff members' area of practice, every effort will be made to support the staff in completing this qualification. This support can be through the approval of study leave, flexible rostering arrangements or temporary changes to contracted hours where appropriate (e.g. reducing to part time).

Staff are encouraged to discuss their plans and support options with their manager with a view to seeking approval, and with an agreed understanding that professional development activities are a shared responsibility between the employee and employer. This means that staff may need to undertake some study commitments in their own time.

Conference leave

Staff are encouraged to participate in and contribute to professional development and learning opportunities through attendance at relevant conferences. This may include attendance and/or presentation at Conferences or other Exhibitions or Seminars or specialty Association activities.

Where it is considered appropriate, staff can apply for conference leave to support part or all of their attendance. A financial assistance may be available through their facility or service where specific grants or scholarships are offered.

Staff can also access scholarships through external organisations, e.g. the NSW Nurses and Midwives Association or the NSW Office of the Chief Nurse.

Where staff are supported to access these activities there is an expectation that opportunities for sharing information gained with the team/ward or unit will be created.

NSW N&M Education contracts

  1. MEMO - 2018 Graduate Certificate scholarships (March 2018)
  2. Nursing and Midwifery Graduate Certificate Scholarship - Nomination Form
  3. Nursing and Midwifery Graduate Certificate Scholarship - Applicant information form
  4. Nursing and Midwifery Graduate Certificate Scholarship - Student Agreement