Registered Nurse

Full Time, Fixed Term: 10/05/2021 - 10/05/2024

Location: Family Planning NSW Metropolitan Clinics (Ashfield, Fairfield, Penrith)

Base Salary: $59,948.66 - $86,072.46

Gross Salary Package (Base Salary + Superannuation + Leave Loading): $69,129 - $96,016

All applications must consist of an up-to-date CV and a cover letter addressing the selection criteria.

Incomplete applications will not be considered

Applications close: 12 April 2021

Position summary

The Registered Nurse plays a significant role in supporting the strategic directions of Family Planning NSW. This multi-faceted role, supports clinical service delivery in NSW, and clinical education both in NSW and the Pacific. This role will be provided with opportunities to develop knowledge, skills and competency in clinical services, education and international program delivery with rostered placements across each program area working as part of a dedicated multidisciplinary team.

In clinical services the Registered Nurse will provide reproductive and sexual health consultations either in person or by telephone, this may include clinic environment, or day surgery depending on roster scheduling. All RNs are expected to develop skills in LARC insertion and removal (implant and IUD) and provide clinical instruction as part of their clinical role.

In Education Services, the Registered Nurse will contribute to the development, delivery and evaluation of clinical and multidisciplinary courses, workshops and seminars. This is for both Family Planning NSW clinical staff and external course participants.

In the International Programme, the Registered Nurse will support the implementation of international projects, focussed on increasing access to quality reproductive and sexual health services in the Indo Pacific region. This is achieved through capacity development of partner organisations to provide high quality family planning services including cervical cancer, contraception and comprehensive sexuality education.

It is expected that the Registered Nurse will be required to work some weekends and after-hours as part of course delivery, both in NSW and specified Pacific countries.

When practicing in the international environment, with limited resources the Registered Nurse is required to model innovative, flexible, adaptive, and resilient behaviour. The role of the Registered Nurse is to provide reproductive and sexual health education to local health workers that will support their health systems to incorporate practice change and remain sustainable into the future. The Registered Nurse will provide education and practical support, not direct service provision in the Pacific.


Clinical service provision
  • Maintain the required professional qualifications and competence level to practice within the defined scope of practice
  • Commit to maintaining best practice by adhering to the scope of practice and within clinical role boundaries defined by FPNSW (guided by Contraception: An Australian Clinical Practice Handbook and Reproductive & Sexual Health: An Australian Clinical Practice Handbook)
  • Commit to clinical skill development and take personal responsibility to update knowledge, enhance skill and maintain professional accreditation and competency standards to perform within the context of practice
  • Commit to share knowledge, provide authorised clinical support and supervision to less experienced clinicians according to the ‘Scope of Practice’ guidelines and policy
  • Refer appropriately within and outside the organisation
  • Contribute to maintaining clinic efficiency by
    • Complying with the conditions of employment
    • Maintaining high standards of clinical practice and documentation
    • Appropriately managing own time and clinical schedules, including when participating in clinical instruction
    • Collaborating effectively with other team members as required
    • Maintaining flexibility to enable clinic schedules to run smoothly and accommodate any clinical emergencies that may arise
  • Any other duties within the scope of the role as directed by the Operations Manager and/or Continuous Quality Improvement Nurse
Safety and Quality
  • Maintain standards within the quality assurance program, including participation in peer-review and clinical audits
  • Contribute to clinical safety outcomes by maintaining high standards of clinical documentation and result management.
  • Apply and adhere to defined clinical guidelines, policies, procedures and protocols in a manner relevant and appropriate to the client’s needs
  • Adhere to FPNSW’s defined escalation and delegation policies and systems for clinical practices
  • Perform specialised services (e.g. implant insertion/removal and IUD insertion) upon completion of extended training/accreditation and as per relevant policy
  • Adhere to the Incident Management Policy to report and escalate any clinical issue with medico legal implications within specified time frame
  • Provide expert knowledge on reproductive and sexual health issues to clients, health professionals over the telephone or via webchat or email
  • Assist in the monitoring of quality assurance practices to ensure accuracy of information recorded in the FPNSW database
  • Record all Talkline interactions in the FPNSW database
  • Responsible for the day to day operation of the service according to FPNSW Talkline protocols and procedures
  • Maintain and assist with the updating of the referral database to ensure people in the community and health professionals receive appropriate up to date information
Clinical skill development
  • Take personal responsibility to participate in appropriate clinical support, training and supervision to achieve and maintain the necessary skills, knowledge and aptitude to practice competently within the defined scope of practice
  • Take personal responsibility for continuing professional and clinical skill development, including mandatory training
  • Maintain and update records of professional registration, accreditation and credentials
  • Ensure that all protocols, policies, procedures and circulated literature are read and incorporated into personal practice
  • Maintain a consistently high standard of education delivery in courses, workshops and seminars delivered by Family Planning NSW
  • Liaise with the Clinical Education Coordinator to manage course enquiries, support course participants throughout the course, including online space, face to face and clinical components
  • Liaise with the Clinical Education Coordinator regarding educational, quality and administrative processes
  • Support the marketing effort to promote Family Planning NSW courses, workshops and seminars
  • Contribute to the Continuous Course Improvement Process
  • Enthusiastically engage in and seek opportunity to implement reflective practice pertaining to creation, facilitation,  and evaluation modes of teaching and learning
  • Establish, implement and promote best contemporary adult learning best practices, relating to  facilitation, resource curriculum development  and evaluation
  • Support the planning, coordination, and monitoring of cervical cancer prevention and contraception projects in the Pacific.
  • Deliver relevant education programs and mentor external clinical program participants.
  • Support the development of clinical policies, standards and guidelines, and workforce development programs that contribute to reproductive and sexual health in the region.

Essential criteria

  • Primary nursing degree with current AHPRA registration and no conditions or notations
  • Minimum 2 years post graduate experience which may include clinical experience in reproductive and sexual health, clinical education, or international development
  • High level of cross cultural knowledge and awareness
  • Experience working with FPNSW’s defined priority populations - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, young people, people with disability, culturally and linguistically diverse people 
  • Well-developed communication skills including online and interpersonal negotiating and relationship building skills and ability to work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively utilise electronic medical record systems, and varied computer programs such as Microsoft Office
  • Full Australian drivers licence and the ability to travel within NSW and to the Pacific region (travel restrictions permitting)

Desirable criteria

  • Post graduate qualification in reproductive and sexual health nursing (RSH-CAP or equivalent)
  • Willingness to develop skills in LARC insertion and removal (implant and IUD)
  • Experience in perioperative nursing, telephone triage, clinical instruction, adult education and/or clinical research
  • Tertiary qualifications in adult education, midwifery, public health or international development
  • Experience in the planning and delivery of clinical education
  • Understanding of adult learning principles, teaching methodologies, curriculum development and evaluation processes
  • Experience in the planning, development, delivery and support of education programs, including online courses


  • FPNSW is a pro-choice organisation
    • Staff are expected to fully support an individual’s right to choose regarding their pregnancy, whether that be parenting, adoption/foster care or abortion. 
    • As an abortion service provider, all staff in the organisation are expected to actively participate in the provision of abortion services in line with the full scope of the role they are appointed to. 
    • For RNs this scope includes providing non-directional pregnancy options counselling, pre-abortion assessments, results/recall management following medical or surgical abortion, recovery care following surgical abortion. 
  • Must support the Family Planning NSW values:
  • Human rights focus - promoting the rights of all people to reproductive and sexual health
  • Integrity - maintaining a strong ethical base, being accountable and transparent
  • Inclusiveness - valuing and respecting diversity without judgement
  • Equity of access - ensuring access to our services for all including priority populations
  • Client  centred - placing the needs of the whole person at the centre of our work
  • Commitment to excellence - ensuring high standards in all our work
  • A just culture - a balanced accountability for both individuals and the organisation


Other requirements

  • A Criminal Record Check  and Working With Children Check are required prior to commencement in this role
  • Immunisation and/vaccination requirements apply to this role

Work health and safety

  • All employees are responsible to ensure they work in a manner which minimises the risk of injury to themselves, other workers, clients and visitors
  • Managers are responsible for ensuring that safe work practices are in place and all employees abide by safety instructions
  • Any potential risk should be reported to the employee’s manager immediately for investigation and remedy
  • Any breaches of safety procedures must be reported through the incident management procedures and any employee found breaching safety requirements will be subject to disciplinary action which may include termination of employment

Contact details

To apply: 

For further information please contact Manager International, Nate at or (02) 8752 4292.

Applications close by 5PM, 12 April

Family Planning NSW Ashfield will be relocating to Newington within the next 12 months.

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