Nursing Practice

Study mode:Online Study type:Part-time Languages: English
Deadline: Mar 26, 2022
StudyQA ranking:542 Duration:18 months

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The Master of Nursing Practice aims to broaden and deepen your theoretical and practice knowledge and is predicated on the notion that registered nurses should practise in ways that extend beyond the technical and practical concerns of nursing to provide leadership, research-based practice and advanced decision making as part of the multidisciplinary health team. This course, therefore, provides research training as well as leadership and specialty expertise to prepare you for leadership roles, and the requirements to undertake research degrees (such as Masters and PhDs).

The flexible course structure has a strong focus on leadership, quality and risk management, and enables you to choose from several pathway options, thus providing you with the opportunity to tailor your studies to meet your career aspirations. Depending on your desired career direction, you can complete this course via one of the following pathways:

* leadership and management
* advanced clinical practice
* specialty practice (intensive care, cardiac care, emergency care, critical care or perioperative nursing - some areas not available to international students )

If you wish to undertake postgraduate studies in intensive care, cardiac care, emergency care, critical care or perioperative nursing, you will complete the Specialty Practice pathway; and following completion of your specialty practice units, can continue your studies to complete the Master of Nursing Practice if desired. Alternatively, you may wish to exit the Masters program early and only complete a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in your specialty practice area of interest, and either of these options are available to you.

Career opportunities
Deakins postgraduate courses have been developed in collaboration with our industry partners, making the teaching relevant to todays industry needs. After successfully completing your chosen course you will have a qualification that is highly respected by industry and academia, and you will be qualified to gain employment within your chosen specialty in all states and territories of Australia, as well as overseas.

Health care reforms and workforce restructure in Australia, are clearly on the agenda of health policy makers to ensure the health workforce is appropriate for health care delivery in the 21st century. Increasingly it is evident to governments that registered nurses with advanced knowledge, complex decision making skills and clinical competencies for advanced practice can make a significant contribution to health care delivery and the sustainability of the Australian health system. Masters level preparation will further develop nurses skills to solve novel problems, think critically, autonomously exercise professional judgement and assume new roles which will enable them to contribute to the provision of safe, high quality, innovative and flexible health care delivery. Nurses with Masters level qualifications, working collaboratively in multidisciplinary teams, complement care provided by other health professionals, thereby promoting better patient outcomes.

Leadership and Management

These units are tailored to prepare students with the capacities and capabilities required for an extended role in their clinical domain with a strong focus on leadership, quality and risk management.

Nursing units

Trimester 1

* HNN714 Ethical Dimensions of Nursing
* HNN746 Nursing, Cultural Diversity and Politics of Health Care
* HNN749Patient Safety and Risk Management

Trimester 2

* HNN715 Leadership and Management in Nursing
* HNN727 Research in Nursing and Midwifery (2 credit points)
* HNN729Trends and Nursing Futures

Minor thesis (4 credit points)

* HNN725 Research Thesis A
* HNN726Research Thesis B

Elective units

Each unit is worth 1 credit point unless otherwise specified.

Offering is subject to demand and resources

Trimester 1

* HMF701 Agricultural Health and Medicine ~
* HND732 Diabetes in Professional Contexts
* HNN709 Mental Health Triage and Emergency Psychiatry
* HNN730 Advanced Diagnostic Reasoning
* HNN734Advanced Primary Health Care Practice

~ Note: HMF701 includes a 5 day intensive workshop held in February

Trimester 2

* HND731 Learning and Teaching for Health Professionals
* HNN710 Community Mental Health
* HNN733Advanced Practice Development

Advanced Clinical Practice
This study option will provide students employed in non-specialty acute clinical practice areas (such as general medical/surgical nursing, orthopaedic, gastro-enterology, respiratory or neurology etc.) with the opportunity to extend their practice skills in the areas of advanced patient assessment, clinical decision making and diagnostic reasoning. This pathway will prepare students to meet complex and contemporary challenges in non-specialty practice areas.

Course structure

Nursing units

Trimester 1

* HNN730 Advanced Diagnostic Reasoning
* HNN749Patient Safety and Risk Management

Trimester 2

* HNN715Leadership and Management in Nursing

Elective units

Each unit is worth 1 credit point unless otherwise specified.

Offering is subject to demand and resources

Trimester 1

* HNN709 Mental Health Triage and Emergency Psychiatry
* HNN714 Ethical Dimensions of Nursing
* HNN734 Advanced Primary Health Care Practice
* HNN746 Nursing, Cultural Diversity and Politics of Health Care
* HNN780 Quality and Safety in Medication Management
* HND701 The Pathophysiology of Diabetes
* HND732 Diabetes in Professional Contexts
* HNN730Advanced Diagnostic Reasoning

Trimester 2

* HNN710 Community Mental Health
* HNN727 Research in Nursing and Midwifery (2 credit points)
* HNN729 Trends and Nursing Futures
* HNN732 Advanced Clinical Decision Making
* HNN733 Advanced Practice Development
* HNN781 Therapeutic Medication Management
* HND702 Management of Diabetes
* HND731Learning and Teaching for Health Professionals

Thesis units

* HNN725 Research Thesis A (2 credit points)
* HNN726Research Thesis B (2 credit points)

Specialty Practice Critical Care Units
Applicants wishing to undertake the intensive care, cardiac care or emergency care specialty streams must also independently apply for and seek permanent employment with a collaborating hospital within their specialty area. Offers to undertake these specialty streams will not be issued until written confirmation of this support by a collaborating hospital has been received by Deakin University.

Specialty units (core)

Trimester 1

* HNN751 Advanced Physiology and Patient Assessment (not available to international students)
* HNN752 Core Principles of Care for the Critically Ill Patient (not available to international students) HNN750Inquiry Into Critical Care Nursing Practice (required if taking alternative exit at Graduate Diploma level - not available to international students)

Trimester 2

* HNN765 Cardiac Care Nursing 1 * (not available to international students)
* HNN775 Cardiac Care Nursing 2 * (not available to international students)
* HNN767 Critical Care Nursing 1 ** (not available to international students)
* HNN777 Critical Care Nursing 2 ** (not available to international students)
* HNN766 Emergency Care Nursing 1 + (not available to international students)
* HNN776 Emergency Care Nursing 2 + (not available to international students)
* HNN764 Intensive Care Nursing 1 # (not available to international students)
* HNN774 Intensive Care Nursing 2 # (not available to international students)
* HNN788Advanced Concepts in Specialty Practice (required if taking alternative exit at Graduate Diploma level - not available to international students)

Elective units - maximum 6

Trimester 1

* HNN709 Mental Health Triage and Emergency Psychiatry
* HNN714 Ethical Dimensions of Nursing
* HNN730 Advanced Diagnostic Reasoning
* HNN734 Advanced Primary Health Care Practice
* HNN746 Nursing, Cultural Diversity and Politics of Health Care
* HNN749 Patient Safety and Risk Management
* HNN780 Quality and Safety in Medication Management
* HND701 The Pathophysiology of Diabetes
* HND732Diabetes in Professional Contexts

Trimester 2

* HNN710 Community Mental Health
* HNN715 Leadership and Management in Nursing
* HNN727 Research in Nursing and Midwifery (2 credit points)***
* HNN729 Trends and Nursing Futures
* HNN732 Advanced Clinical Decision Making
* HNN733 Advanced Practice Development
* HNN781 Therapeutic Medication Management
* HND702 Management of Diabetes
* HND731Learning and Teaching for Health Professionals

Thesis units

HNN725 Research Thesis A (2 credit points)

HNN726Research Thesis B (2 credit points)

* Core specialty units for Cardiac Care specialty

** Core specialty units for Critical Care specialty

+ Core specialty units for Emergency Care specialty

# Core specialty units for Intensive Care specialty

*** This unit must be undertaken by students who intend to enrol in the Thesis units

Specialty Practice Perioperative Units
Applicants wishing to undertake the perioperative specialty stream must also independently apply for and seek permanent employment with a collaborating hospital within their specialty area. Offers to undertake these specialty streams will not be issued until written confirmation of this support by a collaborating hospital has been received by Deakin University.

Specialty units (core)

Trimester 1

* HNN755 Principles of Anaesthesia and Post Anaesthesia Nursing Care 1 (not available to international students)
* HNN740 Principles of Intraoperative Nursing Care 1 (not available to international students)
* HNN741Nursing Inquiry for Specialist Practice (required if taking alterative exit at Graduate Diploma level - not available to international students)

Trimester 2

* HNN742 Principles of Anaesthesia and Post Anaesthesia Nursing Care 2 (not available to international students)
* HNN743 Principles of Intraoperative Nursing Care 2 (not available to international students)
* HNN744Specialty Perioperative Practice 1 (not available to international students)

Elective units - maximum 6

Trimester 1

* HNN709 Mental Health Triage and Emergency Psychiatry
* HNN714 Ethical Dimensions of Nursing
* HNN730 Advanced Diagnostic Reasoning
* HNN734 Advanced Primary Health Care Practice
* HNN746 Nursing, Cultural Diversity and Politics of Health Care
* HNN749 Patient Safety and Risk Management
* HNN780 Quality and Safety in Medication Management
* HND701 The Pathophysiology of Diabetes
* HND732Diabetes in Professional Contexts

Trimester 2

* HNN710 Community Mental Health
* HNN715 Leadership and Management in Nursing
* HNN727 Research in Nursing and Midwifery (2 credit points)***
* HNN729 Trends and Nursing Futures
* HNN732 Advanced Clinical Decision Making
* HNN733 Advanced Practice Development
* HNN745 Speciality Perioperative Practice 2
* HNN781 Therapeutic Medication Management
* HND702 Management of Diabetes
* HND731Learning and Teaching for Health Professionals

Thesis units

* HNN725 Research Thesis A (2 credit points)
* HNN726Research Thesis B (2 credit points)

*** This unit must be undertaken by students who intend to enrol in the Thesis units

Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record. The minimum requirements are successful completion of a three-year undergraduate degree, or equivalent, from an approved university or other educational institution or successful completion of other equivalent qualifications gained by examination, or approved professional or industrial experience. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 7 TOEFL paper-based test score : 577 TOEFL iBT® test: 79
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