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Registered Nurses

Very Special Kids
  • Varied flexible arrangements are available
  • Rewarding paediatric nursing role in Victoria’s only Children’s Hospice

Be more than a nurse at Very Special Kids – be you!

Are you looking to refresh in 2022? To step away from the frontline post the COVID-19 Pandemic? Ready for a work-life reset?

We currently have an exciting opportunity for full and part time Registered Nurses to join our team. If you are passionate about caring for children and are seeking more purpose, fulfilment and connection in your everyday work - Very Special Kids might be your perfect fit?

At Very Special Kids, we nurture and foster a culture where our team is empowered, supported and safe through the process of caring for children and families. As part of our diverse, expert team you will have access to education and training to enhance your personal and professional development; expert specialist resources; and the well-being support you need to make a bigger impact in the lives of children and their families.

With a new state-of-the-art hospice facility (including hydro-therapy pool) due for completion in early 2023, you will enjoy one of Melbourne’s most unique purpose-built workplaces, while you work side by side with our favourite team member - Jaffa our Therapy Dog.

About Very Special Kids:

When a child or young person is diagnosed with a life limiting condition their whole family joins them on an uncertain and overwhelming journey. As Victoria’s leading specialists in children’s palliative care, it is our mission to provide all the professional, practical and emotional support children and their families need to navigate their journey.

Established in 1985 by Sister Margaret Noone AM, Very Special Kids has provided specialised care to thousands of children and young people with life-limiting conditions. Our multidisciplinary experts support children and families across Victoria, from initial diagnosis to end of life care, and bereavement - for as long as they need. Our holistic services include counselling, sibling support, bereavement support and community activities, as well as planned and emergency respite and end-of-life care.

The Very Special Kids children’s hospice was the first in Australia and remains the only children’s hospice in Victoria. What started from two families has now grown into a network of over 100 staff and almost 800 volunteers all supporting over 850 families across Victoria.

The Registered Nurse is responsible for:

  • Ensuring all clinical nursing practice and delivery of care of the shift is consistent with VSK and the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia Standards, NSQHS Standards and accepts responsibility for professional activities that support service delivery and the professional development of self and others.
  • Providing comprehensive, safe, evidence-based practice to facilitate optimal care; performing self-assessment of scope of practice and competence related to assigned responsibilities.
  • Provision of high-quality care to the children and families accessing Very Special Kids Hospice is demonstrated.
  • Works effectively as a hands-on part of a skilled, creative, professional and compassionate team.

Our preference is that you will be a Registered Nurse with at least 2 + years post-graduation Registered Nursing experience, however if you have less experience but have a passion for providing holistic, family centred care we welcome your application.

Very Special Kids offers its employees a supportive and rewarding environment including a supportive team, unique beautiful setting conveniently located to shops, parking and transport in Malvern, salary packaging, health & wellbeing initiatives and targeted individual development plans. Note, the role will be based at Monash Children’s Hospital during the rebuild of the Hospice due to be completed early 2023.

At Very Special Kids, our goal is for our workforce to reflect the diverse community we serve. We continually seek to employ people of any gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, with a disability, Aboriginal Australians and varied cultural backgrounds. If this sounds like you, please take a look at the position description on our website www.vsk.org.au.

Very Special Kids is committed to providing a child-safe environment and requires all staff to have Working with Children and Police Record Checks.

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