RPH Ex Trainees & Association Inaugural Travel Grant 2019

The RPH Ex-Trainees & Assoc. (Nurses who trained at Royal Perth Hospital before Universities educated nurses) have announced their Inaugural Travel Award. The award is open to any nurse currently working at Royal Perth Hospital to encourage attendance to an interstate or internationally renowned conference or to support an interstate or overseas study experience that contributes to their current work place.

The value of the Award is up to $2500 (Aus)

Email ailsa44@bigpond.net.au for conditions, eligibility, selection criteria and application procedure.
Applications close by 30th September 2019

Does Immersive Medical Emergency Treatment Response Simulation Improve Self Efficacy?

The Royal Perth Bentley Group established the Clinical Skills Simulation Suite to provide staff with the opportunity to be exposed to high risk clinical scenarios in a low risk environment.  Inter-professional staff are immersed in two real life clinical scenarios followed by indepth debrief sessions conducted in a safe learning environment.

The debriefing sessions enabled reflection and provided an opportunity to discuss actions and performance before a second simulation scenario and debriefing was undertaken.


At the WA Simulation in Healthcare Alliance Symposium held at Notre Dame on the 30 May 2019, Kylie Fawcett, Staff Development Educator at Royal Perth Bentley Group presented a research paper on medical emergency training (MET) simulation and self-efficacy.


Enhanced learning through simulation training has been used successfully to improve both technical and non-technical skills of clinical staff responding to medical emergency response scenarios.

The aim of this project was to evaluate the self-efficacy of inter-professional clinical staff who participated in a high fidelity simulation based MET response session.


Three hundred and twenty six clinical staff participated in MET crisis resource management (CRM) training using immersive simulation in 2018.

The sample consisted of 58% (n=189) medical officers and 42% (n=137) nurses.

Fifty percent (n=164) participants stated they had previously attended a MET simulation session. Findings showed that 88% (n=144) had been involved in a MET call after attending the simulation session, with 81% (n=133) stating that the MET simulation training improved their MET team performance.

The MET CRM simulation outcomes showed strong significant associations with improvements in confidence with regard to:

  • Managing deteriorating patients
  • Staffs’ role in a MET response
  • Knowledge of CRM
  • Applying clinical technical skills
  • Applying non-technical skills.

Nurses were associated with higher confidence levels in managing deteriorating patients than doctors (OR: 1.81; 95%CI: 1.18, 2.79).  This finding is encouraging as it shows that the MET simulation experience had a positive impact on nurses’ confidence.

The findings from this study provide evidence that MET CRM simulation training greatly enhanced the self efficacy of clinical staff who participated in simulation training. In particular, strong positive effects were observed for participants’ self efficacy with regard to their MET role responsibilities and knowledge of crisis resource management principles.

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