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Master of Nursing - 261JA

Course Code: 261JA
Course Version: 2
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline(s): Discipline of Nursing
UAC Code: 880773
Lowest Selection Rank: PG
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.5 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0

Get ready to take the lead

Expand on your skills as a registered nurse and boost both your leadership potential and confidence by taking this innovative and UC specific Master of Nursing course.

Tutored and mentored by internationally recognised teaching staff, this course helps you develop and implement a proposal evaluating the delivery and effectiveness of an aspect of health care in a specialist area. Areas of focus include; Clinical Leadership, Critical Care, Complex Care or Mental Health.

You’ll also undertake a clinical research project in consultation with your allocated academic supervisor and submit the completed work for industry publication and peer review.

As part of a unique team of healthcare professionals dedicated to improving the professional standards of nursing around the world, you’ll graduate with substantial knowledge and understanding of a range of cutting-edge approaches to the complex challenges facing Australia’s health sector.

Study a Master of Nursing at UC and you will:

  • apply the knowledge necessary to plan, deliver and evaluate high-quality, safe and evidence-based nursing care at an advanced level in your selected area of practice
  • produce a scholarly research piece for publication in a peer-reviewed journal
  • critically appraise research related to the changing identity and professional profiles of registered nurses as autonomous practitioners and key members of collaborative, multidisciplinary health teams in contemporary and culturally diverse health contexts
  • explore the function and responsibilities of registered nurses practising at an advanced level.
  • focus on professional and ethical standards, clinical supervision, mentoring, education, policy development, reflective practice and ongoing professional development.

Work Integrated Learning (WIL)

The concept of WIL is a vital component to the UC approach to learning, and through the Master of Nursing course, you’ll get the opportunity to participate in both a health practice evaluation and a clinical research project exploring real-world areas of healthcare.

With one-on-one personal training and ongoing mentoring from leading nursing experts, you’ll also be encouraged to take part in seminars, workshops, and conferences where you will learn about cutting-edge research and innovative solutions to complex challenges facing the health sector.

Career opportunities

With a UC Master of Nursing degree, you’ll have the necessary qualifications to take on more responsibility and pursue a more assertive career path in areas including:

  • clinical nurse specialist
  • nurse consultant
  • research nurse
  • clinical nurse educator
  • nurse administrator
  • nurse unit manager
  • clinical nurse consultant
  • mental health nurse
  • ICU nurse
  • ED nurse
  • CCU nurse
  • renal nurse
  • oncology nurse
  • parkinson’s nurse

Course-specific information

Applicants need to meet all three criteria:

  • hold a Bachelor of Nursing degree or equivalent pre-registration Bachelor level nursing degree
  • be registered, or eligible to register as a Registered Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA), or equivalent overseas nursing regulatory body
  • be employed, as a Registered Nurse, in a health setting relevant to the nursing stream chosen.

Assumed knowledge: capacity to produce high-quality scholarly papers in English.

A clear pathway of study exists from this course to the Professional Doctorate in Nurse Practitioner (Research).

Please note: completion of this course does NOT lead to registration as a Registered Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).

 

Enquiries

Current and Commencing Students
Email student.centre@canberra.edu.au
Prospective Students
Email study@canberra.edu.au or telephone 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226)

Admission Requirements

Applicants need to meet all three criteria:
A) hold a Bachelor of Nursing or equivalent pre-registration Bachelor level nursing degree
B) be registered, or be eligible to register, as a Registered Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA), or equivalent overseas nursing regulatory body
C) be employed, as a Registered Nurse, in a relevant health setting*

*The health setting must be relevant to the nursing stream chosen.


Admission to this course is competitive. Applications will be assessed on the basis of academic merit and the number of available places.

Assumed Knowledge

Capacity to produce high-quality scholarly papers in the English language.

Periods Course is Open to New Admissions

Year Location Domestic International
2019 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2
2019 UC - Canberra, Online Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2
2020 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2
2020 UC - Canberra, Online Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2
2021 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2
2021 UC - Canberra, Online Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2
2022 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2
2022 UC - Canberra, Online Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Credit Arrangements

Credit arrangements (if available) for this course can be found on the University's Credit Search website.

Course Requirements

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In addition to course requirements, in order to successfully complete your course you may need to meet the inherent requirements. Please refer to the inherent requirements statement applicable to your course

Awards

Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Master of Nursing M Nurs
Master of Nursing in Mental Health MNurs MntlHlth
Master of Nursing in Critical Care MNurs CritCare
Master of Nursing in Clinical Leadership MNurs ClinLeadership
Master of Nursing in Complex Care MNurs ComplexCare

Alternate Exit Awards

Graduate Diploma in Nursing in Critical Care Graduate Diploma in Nursing in Mental Health Graduate Certificate in Critical Care Nursing Graduate Certificate in Chronic and Complex Care Graduate Certificate in Clinical Leadership Graduate Diploma in Nursing in Clinical Leadership Graduate Diploma in Nursing in Complex Care Master of Nursing in Mental Health Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Nursing Master of Nursing in Critical Care

Typical Study Pattern

Unit Delivery Modes

The University offers a wide range of delivery options to help you balance study with other commitments. Units within this degree may be available to be studied in the following delivery modes:

    UC - Canberra, Bruce

      On Campus: The unit is delivered on-campus and face to face, supplemented with online content. Most classes are run on weekdays and during business hours.
      Online: The unit is studied completely online. On-campus, face to face interaction is not required.
      Research Project: The unit is focused on the delivery of a research project. Attendance at regular classes is not required, however some on-campus, face to face activity may be necessary.

    UC - Canberra, Bruce

      On Campus: The unit is delivered on-campus and face to face, supplemented with online content. Most classes are run on weekdays and during business hours.
      Online: The unit is studied completely online. On-campus, face to face interaction is not required.
      Research Project: The unit is focused on the delivery of a research project. Attendance at regular classes is not required, however some on-campus, face to face activity may be necessary.

To find out more about delivery modes that are available for units in this course please visit

Information for Fee Paying Students

Year Domestic International
2019 $19,700 $26,800

The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course. The annual rate is the fee that applies to standard full-time enrolment, which is 24 credit points. The final fee charged is based on the proportion of 24 credit points in which a student enrols. Students enrolled in a Commonwealth Support Place (CSP) are required to make a contribution towards the cost of their education, which is set by the Commonwealth Government. Information on Commonwealth Supported Places, HECS-HELP and how fees are calculated can be found here.

All applicants are advised that completion of this course does NOT lead to registration as a Registered Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. For more information about courses that lead to registration as a Registered Nurse in Australia, please contact our Health Student Liaison Officer at health.student@canberra.edu.au or phone: +61 (0) 2 6201 5838

Professional Accreditation

A Graduate Diploma in the field of Mental Health Nursing is the minimum academic requirement for credentialing with the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN).

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
1. Critically appraise knowledge related to the changing identity, roles and professional profiles of Registered Nurses as autonomous practitioners, and key members of collaborative multidisciplinary health teams in contemporary, culturally diverse health contexts.

Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing in Clinical Leadership:
Critically appraise the changing identity, roles and professional profiles of Registered Nurses as leaders as well as autonomous practitioners working as part of collaborative multidisciplinary health teams in contemporary, culturally diverse health contexts.

Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing (Complex Care):
Critically appraise the changing identity, roles and professional profiles of Registered Nurses as autonomous practitioners and key members of collaborative multidisciplinary health teams who deliver care to people with complex needs in contemporary, culturally diverse health contexts.

Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing (Critical Care Nursing):
Critically appraise the changing identity, roles and professional profiles of Registered Nurses as autonomous practitioners and key members of collaborative multidisciplinary health teams in contemporary, culturally diverse critical care settings.

Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing (Mental Health):
Critically appraise the changing identity, roles and professional profiles of Registered Nurses as autonomous practitioners and key members of collaborative multidisciplinary health teams in contemporary, culturally diverse mental health settings.
Communication
1. Apply theories and philosophies, professional standards, research evidence, and also the experiences of self and others, to promote professional identifies, roles and profiles by using a range of high level communication skills (written, spoken, behavioural)
2. Demonstrate discernment of information, its management, and the effective use of a range of communication tools and evolving technologies, assessed through interactions with course facilitators, other students, colleagues, and context appropriate assessment strategies.

Analysis and inquiry
1. Systematically collect, analyse and synthesise information related to identity, roles, and professional profiles of health professionals.

Problem solving
1. Identify and discuss the main issues related to the identity, roles and professional profiles of health professionals as autonomous practitioners and key members of collaborative, multidisciplinary health teams in contemporary, culturally diverse health contexts
2. Apply appropriate problem solving processes and arguments, as well as critical and creative thinking to the issues identified
3. Implement and appraise the strategies developed to resolve these issues.

Professionalism and social responsibility
1. Recognise and discuss the changing identity, roles and professional profiles of health professionals as autonomous members of collaborative multidisciplinary health teams in contemporary, culturally diverse health contexts
2. Integrate new knowledge into professional practice, with a focus on professionalism and social responsibilities in culturally diverse settings.
2. Synthesise and apply the knowledge necessary to plan, deliver and evaluate high quality, safe, and evidence-based nursing care at an advanced level in the selected area of practice.

Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing in Clinical Leadership:
Synthesise and apply the knowledge necessary to lead others to deliver and evaluate high quality, safe, and evidence-based nursing care at an advanced level in a range of health care settings.

Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing (Complex Care):
Synthesise and apply the knowledge necessary to deliver and evaluate high quality, safe, and evidence-based nursing care at an advanced level to people with complex health needs in a range of health settings.

Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing (Critical Care Nursing):
Synthesise and apply the knowledge necessary to deliver and evaluate high quality, safe, and evidence-based nursing care at an advanced level in a critical care setting; and adapt this knowledge to other settings as required.

Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing (Mental Health):
Synthesise and apply the knowledge necessary to deliver and evaluate high quality, safe, and evidence-based nursing care at an advanced level in a mental health setting, and adapt this knowledge to other settings as required.
Analysis and inquiry
1. Systematically collect, analyse, synthesise and assess information related to the delivery and evaluation of advanced level, high quality, safe, and evidence-based healthcare.

Problem solving
1. Identify and discuss the main issues related to the delivery and evaluation of advanced level, high quality, safe, and evidence-based healthcare
2. Apply appropriate problem solving processes, arguments, critical and creative thinking to the issues identified
3. Implement and evaluate the strategies developed to resolve these issues.

Working independently and with others
1. Demonstrate the capacity to deliver and evaluate high quality, safe, and evidence-based healthcare as part of a team; and differentiate the different roles and responsibilities of the collaborative team in relation to practice
2. Respect the rights of consumers (patients, residents or clients), families or carers, significant others, and also colleagues, irrespective of cultural, gender or other diversity.

Professionalism and social responsibility
1. Recognise and discuss the place of professionalism and social responsibility in the delivery and evaluation of advanced level, high quality, safe, and evidence-based healthcare
2. Synthesise new knowledge into practice, with a focus on professionalism and social responsibilities when delivering and evaluating high quality, safe and evidence-based healthcare.
3. Discuss the function and responsibilities of Registered Nurses practising at an advanced level, with particular regard to professional and ethical standards, clinical supervision, mentoring, education, policy development, reflective practice; and on-going professional and practice development. Communication
1. Using a range of high level communication skills (written, spoken, behavioural), promote and advance the function and responsibilities of health professionals as accountable, reflective and supportive members of a multidisciplinary team
2. Demonstrate discernment of information about the function and responsibilities of health professionals, including the management of that information, using a range of tools and evolving technologies, assessed through interactions with course facilitators, other students, and a range of assessment strategies.

Problem Solving
1. Identify and discuss the main issues related to the function and responsibilities of health professionals across the multidisciplinary team, applying problem-solving processes in novel situations to formulate and apply solutions
2. Apply appropriate problem solving processes, arguments, critical and creative thinking to the issues identified; and Implement and evaluate strategies for the resolution of these issues.

Analysis and inquiry
1. Systematically collect, analyse, synthesise and evaluate information related to the function and responsibilities of health professionals who practise at advanced levels, with particular regard to professional and ethical standards, clinical supervision, mentoring, education, policy development, reflective practice; and on-going professional and practice development.

Working independently and with others
1. Develop an awareness of the function and responsibilities of all health professionals in the multidisciplinary team, with particular regard to professional and ethical standards, clinical supervision, mentoring, education, policy development, reflective practice, and on-going professional and practice development
2. Demonstrate the capacity to discuss the function and responsibilities of health professional when delivering high quality, safe, and evidence-based healthcare as well as the function and responsibility of other members of the multidisciplinary team
3. Respect the rights of consumers (patients, residents, clients), families or carers, significant others, and also colleagues, irrespective of cultural, gender or other diversity
4. Plan their own work, be self-directed, and use interpersonal skills and attitudes to work collaboratively and reflectively.

Professionalism and social responsibility
1. Demonstrate the capacity and intention to use professional knowledge and skills ethically and responsibly for the benefit of others and the environment, while at the same time recognising the potential for power imbalances in relationships in health settings;
2. Demonstrate accountability by responding appropriately to the information gathered and analysed as part of learning.

Course Duration

Standard duration three semesters full-time or equivalent. Maximum eight semesters.

Related Courses (Double Degrees, Nested Courses and Alternative Exits)

Exit Awards: - Graduate Certificate in Clinical Leadership; - Graduate Certificate in Chronic and Complex Care; - Graduate Certificate in Critical Care Nursing; or - Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Nursing Students may exit the course with the relevant Graduate Certificate upon completion of 12 credit points. Exit Awards: - Graduate Diploma in Nursing in Clinical Leadership; - Graduate Diploma in Nursing in Complex Care; - Graduate Diploma in Nursing in Critical Care; or - Graduate Diploma in Nursing in Mental Health Students may exit the course with the relevant Graduate Diploma upon completion of 24 credit points.

Government Support

Year CSP Places Available Eligible for Student
Income Support (Centrelink)
2019 NO NO

Offerings

  • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
  • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Online
  • Past Offerings
    • 2013->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2014->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2015->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Online
    • 2015->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2016->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2016->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Online
    • 2017->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2017->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Online
    • 2018->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Online
    • 2018->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal

Enrolment Numbers

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