The course articulates with the Graduate Certificate in Health (nursing specialisation) and the Master of Nursing, and the sequentially developed topics allow progression through the three awards.
Students who have completed a graduate certificate are normally awarded up to 18 units of credit towards the graduate diploma.
The stream chosen will be identified on the student's transcript of academic record and on the parchment presented to the student on completion of the course.
Applicants must normally hold a nursing degree or equivalent qualification approved by the Faculty Board and must be registered general nurses and hold a current practising certificate.
However, the Board may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.
International applicants must meet the eligibility requirements for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, and be registered with the Board prior to commencing the course.
International applicants for the Clinical Nursing specialisation must be currently registered in their country of residence. The specialisation will not lead to registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.
All applicants will be required to provide supporting documentation to undertake the clinical practice components of their program. This will include mandatory requirements such as the provision of a National Police Certificate and may also include a supporting statement from their employer stating their willingness to facilitate the extended clinical practice components of the course within their workplace and/or provision of evidence that an affiliated health agency will facilitate the clinical practice in a supernumerary capacity.
In addition, applicants for the Critical Care Nursing, Emergency Nursing and Child and Family Health Nursing specialisations must have a minimum of one year post-registration experience. For Critical Care Nursing and Emergency Nursing, 6 months of which should be in relevant clinical area.
Applicants for the Child and Family Nursing specialisation must also complete and submit the required documentation, which can be downloaded at http://www.flinders.edu.au/courses/postgrad/ng-family/ng-family_home.cfm under Additional requirement.
The course aims to provide students with the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and skills in one of a selected range of practice-based specialisations and to extend their general theoretical preparation in nursing knowledge and research.
Graduates of this course are expected to be able to:
- apply evidence based nursing practice in their clinical or specialised area
- demonstrate the application of theory to nursing practice
- evaluate nursing care using reflexive and critical thinking processes
- articulate primary health care and population health as applied to nursing practice or specialty area
- demonstrate leadership skills in the area of nursing practice, education and research
- demonstrate advanced skills and knowledge in the relevant nursing practice or specialised area.
The program requires students to complete 18 units of core topics and 18 units of topics from one of the following specialisations:
- Aged Care Nursing Studies
- Child and Family Health Nursing*
- Clinical Nursing
- Continence Nurse Advisor
- Critical Care Nursing
- Diabetes Management and Education
- Emergency Nursing
- General Practice Nursing
To qualify for the Graduate Diploma in Nursing, a student must complete 36 units with a grade of Pass or NGP or better in each topic, according to the program of study below.
A student who fails the clinical component of any topic will receive a Fail grade for the entire topic.
The award of a grade of Fail (F) in the same topic on more than one occasion or in 9 units or more, or failure to complete the course within three consecutive years may constitute prima facie evidence of unsatisfactory progress for the purpose of the University's Policy on Student Progress.
Except with permission of the Faculty Board:
- no topic may be attempted more than twice;
- a student may not include a topic which repeats work previously undertaken;
- the program must be completed full-time in two consecutive semesters or part-time in six consecutive semesters.
18 units comprising:
NURS9120 Evidence-based Clinical Practice (4.5 units)
NURS9125 Population Health (4.5 units)*
NURS9126 Leadership in Health Studies (4.5 units)*
NURS9621 Epidemiology for Nurses and Midwives (4.5 units)*
Students must complete the remaining 18 units by choosing one of the specialisations listed above or the Coursework specialisation - Elective topics as provided below.
*Students in Child and Family Health Nursing specialisation do not undertake NURS9125, NURS9126 and NURS9621 and need to complete 4.5 units core topic NURS9120 and 31.5 units of specialisation topics.
Select 18 units from the following:
NURS8701 Continence Across the Human Life Span (9 units)
NURS9518 Independent Study (4.5 units)
NURS9707 Policy and Political Context of Health and Ageing (4.5 units)
NURS9708 Social Context of Health and Ageing (4.5 units)
NURS9709 Advanced Nursing Assessment (4.5 units)
NURS9710 The 3 Ds Dementia, Delirium and Depression (4.5 units)
NURS9711 Advanced Communication (4.5 units)