Magic of Nursing and Midwifery

In early May, the Royal Perth Bentley Group (RPBG) recently celebrated the fantastic contribution that our nursing community makes to all patients to celebrate International Nurses Day and International Day of the Midwife. During the week there was a number of activities and events planned to highlight the diversity and commitment of nurses and midwives, and to acknowledge the important work they do every day. 

During the week, the ‘Magic of Nursing and Midwifery’ competition was held with a number of areas across  RPBG taking part. The departments and wards came up with their own unique and creative entries which emphasised the principles of nursing. Each submission was unique in its own right, but all stood out for their creativity and commitment to high quality, compassionate care.

Latest News! Nursing Research Foundation Grant 2018 has been awarded

nurses working with patient

Congratulations Royal Perth Bentley Group – Amazing Nursing and Midwifery Care Project which is the recipient of the 2018 FNR Grant

The Foundation for Nursing Research (FNR) has awarded the Amazing Nursing and Midwifery Care Project a $10,000 grant. The principal researchers on the grant are Dr Heather Kidd (RN), Dr Lucia Gillman (RN), Ms Dori Lombardi (RN) and Ms Maha Rajagopal (RN).

The aim of this nursing research project is to enhance nursing care by standardising the delivery of nursing team work and implementing initiatives such as bedside handover, shift safety huddles, a no pass bell call protocol and intentional rounding.  The project will undertake a robust evaluation of these five core initiatives across the Royal Perth Bentley Group.

Dr Heather Kidd, Nursing Director of Organisational Learning & Development stated that,

“Nurses work in a dynamic and complex environment and team work is a critical component in the delivery of high quality, patient centred care. This FNR funding is critical to improving and evaluating the care we provide to our patients.”

Doreen McCarthy Grant

This inaugural joint funded grant between RPH Nursing Research Foundation and the RPH Medical Research Foundation has been awarded.

The successful research project is Hospital Discharge Stage 2. The team, led by Associate Professor Michelle Kelly, will built on the findings of the pilot programme. The Management Committee of the Nursing Foundation congratulates  the team on winning this  Grant.

Doreen McCarthy completed her nursing training at RPH 1958. She was appointed to the position of Director of Nursing at RPH in 1990. During her period of tenure as Director of Nursing, major changes in the administrative structure of the hospital were introduced. She participated in the establishment of the original East Metropolitan Area Health Service, and the introduction of the new divisional structure at RPH. Doreen also identified the need for the establishment of the Nursing Professorial position at RPH.

Prior to her time at RPH Doreen played a key state-wide role in the implementation of the current nursing career structure. This new structure emphasised, amongst others, the key role of the Clinical Nurse, Clinical Nurse specialist and the Nurse Researcher positions.

On leaving RPH in December 1994, Doreen under took consultancy work for the Health Department of W.A. In 1999 Doreen was approached by the Vice Chancellor of the University of Notre Dame to establish the School of Nursing at Notre Dame, where she was appointed the Professor of Nursing, undertaking the establishment and development of the new nursing

ICIN Conference Nov 2018

nurse taking pulse of elderly patient

Two Royal Perth Bentley Group (RPBG) nursing  projects were presented at the recent International Congress for Innovations In Nursing (ICIN) conference held at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Perth on the 29-30 November 2018.

The conference showcased innovations and leadership in clinical nursing practice, research and education. The two RPBG presentations highlighted the great work that is being undertaken by RPH nurses and the abstracts are listed below.

“Back to the Bedside” – Reinvigorating the Role Model: A Pilot Project

Nick May, Nurse Educator, Organisational Development and Innovation


Arguably; the patient is the most dynamic education resource in any hospital but is frequently overlooked. Existing models of care and time pressures often restrict opportunities for active role modelling with nurses predominately working independently in isolated sections of the unit. Role modelling at the bedside rather than in the classroom promotes behaviours that support a culture of patient-centred care. Structured bedside education to involve patients / carers creates an opportunity to refine clinicians’ communication skills and enables the patient to influence risk management priorities.


To showcase a bedside coaching innovation that empowers the developing clinician as a role model and engages patients /carers in harm minimisation.


An electronic tool provided a script for structured coaching about risk management, simultaneously collecting data to evidence staff / patient engagement and the outcomes of bedside teaching. This approach empowered conversations that addressed individualised patient risks, generating real time improvements in care, showcasing the dynamic clinician role model in action.


Patient engagement ensured education was meaningful, engaging and energised staff and patients. Bedside coaching and role modelling was particularly useful in overcoming a perceived taboo about openly discussing risk. This changed the model of care from silently managing risk for the patient to openly discussing risk with the patient. This allowed a wide variety of risks to be identified and actioned collaboratively. Consequently, patients reported increased confidence in staff, felt their concerns were acknowledged and addressed. Staff reported greater satisfaction and fulfilment in the provision of care.


By empowering and supporting role modelling, the bedside education project has re-energised the bedside role model, improved data collection and created a format that is dynamic, sustainable, memorable and most importantly FUN!

Collaborative Governance: The model of care for Plastic Surgery Telehealth

Beth Sperring: A/Clinical Nurse Consultant Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery Telehealth


This paper discussed the processes, pathways and planning required to achieve specialist review of rural and remote patients treated by the Plastic Surgery Telehealth Service at RPH, a speciality that manages hand trauma, skin cancers, and general plastic surgery reviews. To achieve service delivery collaborative care with rural services is essential. Providing specialist review to remote and rural patients throughout the biggest State in Australia has been a challenge.  Telehealth has enabled the reviews to take place but the significant element for success is collaborative governance.


To outline how this model of care is provided and discuss its impact on outcomes and patient care.


Demographics of the patient cohort, mechanisms to achieve collaborative governance and problem solving related to the process of care at a distance was presented.


In 2017, 2,310 telehealth video conferences were performed by RPH with an average of 2.5 sessions per patient. The service reached patients in remote communities that had very restrictive health services (19.2%) and also reached patients in very remote communities that had very little accessibility to health services (37.5%). The DNA rate was low at 12%. Sixty four percent of patients required investigations and 86.6% required clinical support for their condition.


This service demonstrated that it is possible to provide a service for both trauma and post-operative management of patients living in remote and rural sites if health professionals work together, demonstrating the importance of collaborative governance.