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Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing - 260JA

Course Code: 260JA
Course Version: 2
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline(s): Discipline of Nursing
UAC Code: 880767
Selection Rank: PG
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.5 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0

Nurse your career forward

If you’re already a qualified and registered nurse keen to hone your skills in Clinical Leadership, Complex Care, Critical Care or Mental Health, then the Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing is the natural stepping stone for career progression.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing offers you the chance to get advanced specialised healthcare training while gaining additional qualifications and experience in clinical leadership and management.

Specific areas of health include; Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Critical Care Unit (CCU), Trauma Management (Critical Care), Mental Health, or Chronic Illness and Disease Management (Complex Care).

Take control of your career and sign up for the Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing course at UC today.

This is your chance to improve your skills and become part of a highly specialised team of healthcare professionals dedicated to improving the professional standards of nursing around the world.

Study a Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing at UC and you will:

  • be able to choose from four clinical specialties: Clinical Leadership, Complex Care, Critical Care or Mental Health
  • advance your clinical expertise and evidence-based skill set
  • critically examine significant social, legal, ethical, policy, and practical issues facing nurses in contemporary practice.

Work Integrated Learning (WIL)

The concept of WIL is a vital component of the Postgraduate Diploma of Nursing, and throughout the course you will be trained and mentored by UC’s experienced educators; many of whom hold leadership positions in the nursing profession. As part of this course, you’ll also be invited to participate in industry-related seminars, workshops, and conferences where you’ll be exposed to cutting-edge research and innovative healthcare solutions.

Career opportunities

A UC Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing is a well-respected and recognised qualification that opens many opportunities for career progression. This a perfect solution for those looking for extended practice experience and higher qualifications in the following areas:

  • nurse specialist
  • research nurse
  • nurse educator
  • nurse administrator
  • clinical nurse specialist
  • nurse unit manager
  • mental health nurse
  • ICU nurse
  • ED nurse
  • CCU nurse
  • oncology nurse
Further postgraduate study at UC is also available as an option, as completion of this course can lead directly into the Master of Nursing and Master of Nursing (Research), courses.

Course-specific information

Applicants need to meet all three criteria:

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

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

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
Please 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
B) be registered, or be eligible to register, as a Registered Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA), or equivalent overseas regulatory body
C) be employed 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
2020 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2
2021 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2
2022 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

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
Graduate Diploma in Nursing in Mental Health GradDipNurs MntlHlth
Graduate Diploma in Nursing in Critical Care GradDipNurs CritCare
Graduate Diploma in Nursing in Clinical Leadership GradDipNurs ClinLeadership

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 Complex Care Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Nursing

Typical Study Pattern

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Please refer to the tab to view Course Requirements, check unit details and select Restricted Choice Units for the course. Please note not all units are offered in each teaching period.

Unit Delivery Modes

Delivery modes for units in this degree are yet to be confirmed. Please contact us for more details.

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 healthstudentliaison@canberra.edu.au or phone +61 (0) 2 6201 5838

Professional Accreditation

The Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing (Graduate Diploma in Nursing in Mental Health) is currently the minimum academic requirement for credentialing with the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN) as a Mental Health Nurse (MHN).

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 two semesters full-time or equivalent. Maximum eight semesters.

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

Upon completion of 12 credit points, students may exit from this course with one of the following awards: - Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Clinical Leadership), - Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Complex Care,) - Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Critical Care), or - Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Mental Health) The Postgraduate Diploma course is subsumable into the Master of Nursing Course

Offerings

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

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