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Program Code 12244
Graduate Level Postgraduate
Locations Online
Contributing Schools and Faculties Faculty of Health and Medicine (Biomedical Sciences & Pharmacy)
Faculty of Health and Medicine (Health Sciences)
Faculty of Health and Medicine (Nursing & Midwifery)
Admission Instructions:

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Program Award Rules and Schedules
Mode of delivery Online and Face-to-face. Primarily delivered online with the following on campus attendance required: * (2 days) - Orientation at the commencement of the program (late January) * (5 days) - NURS6620 Biophysical Processes and Health Assessment * (2 days) - NURS6031 Therapeutic Engagement and Psychosocial Interventions * (1 day) – NURS6622 Clinical viva assessment
Program Enrolment Checklist
Additional Documents
Further Information

Enrolment Pack - 2014

The links provided under "Further Information" are to be read in addition to the approved program documentation, detailed below.

Description

This program is accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council and approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia as a program leading to endorsement as a nurse practitioner.

The Master of Mental Health Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) program is designed to prepare expert nurses for the autonomous role of the nurse practitioner in the speciality of mental health nursing. If you are already highly skilled then you may aspire to becoming a nurse practitioner in mental health. In this program, you will further develop your skills in health assessment and differential diagnosis within a holistic nursing model of care. You will undertake studies in pharmaco-therapeutics, research, contemporary nursing issues and leadership which will support you in your extended role. These studies will provide you with the confidence to work collaboratively as a valuable member of the healthcare team and to know that you are really making a vital contribution to your client’s health outcome.

This program requires the successful completion of 120 units of study. The program is intended for registered nurses who wish to apply for endorsement by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) to work as a nurse practitioner, or who may wish to present the qualification to authorities in other states or countries. The program includes a minimum of 658 hours of embedded clinical practice in nursing, under the guidance of approved academic and clinical supervisors (approved by the Program Convenor). This clinical practice is undertaken in the student’s normal place of work. It is expected that the student’s employment is accredited with the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS) or similar.

Why study with us?

Mental health nurses experienced and qualified to work in advanced practice roles are in very short supply in Australia and many other countries at a time in which innovative models of care are being introduced in public and private health services. The career development prospects for this exciting specialist field of nursing are thus excellent. In line with these new developments in mental health care, the main focus of the Master of Mental Health Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) is on advanced clinical practice at nurse practitioner level. The intention is to produce graduates who will be able to work effectively as mental health nurse practitioners in any health care location.

The program is offered by the School of Nursing and Midwifery in partnership with the three other contributing Schools within the Faculty of Health and Medicine - Medicine and Public Health, Health Sciences and Biomedical Sciences. This has allowed collaboration in the planning of the program and ensures that students have access to excellent resource materials and staff in the key areas of pathology, medical imaging, pharmacology and clinical nursing. Teaching is shared between academic staff from various disciplines within the Faculty and conjoint academic staff who are expert clinicians in their specialty area of practice.
The combination of on-line learning, embedded clinical practice and face-to-face workshops offers flexibility and accessibility enabling students from rural and remote areas to access this program.

Career Opportunities

The program is designed for expert Registered Nurses who aspire to Nurse Practitioner practice. You will further develop and refine your knowledge and clinical skills in comprehensive health assessment and diagnosis. At the completion of this program you will be able to demonstrate that you meet the Competency Standards for Nurse Practitioners as defined by the Nurses and Midwives Board of Australia. These attributes would be required for autonomous practice as a nurse practitioner but would also be useful in senior clinical nursing roles, nursing research and/or nursing education.

Mental health nurses work in a wide variety of service locations, in both the public and private sectors. The discipline is rapidly developing with opportunities for nurse practitioner positions being developed in areas such as rural mental health, child and adolescent mental health, mental health nursing in emergency departments and mental health nursing in primary care (general practice).

Study a Language

All domestic students can now enrol in an undergraduate Diploma in Languages alongside their main degree program. This diploma will enhance proficiency in another language or languages, and will increase international career opportunities. Subject to course availability, this additional program will generally add an extra year to studies, and students will graduate with a Diploma in Languages as well as their other degree. Please note that all language courses are held on campus (face to face) at Callaghan.

International students cannot enrol concurrently in the Diploma in Languages alongside their primary program unless they can complete both programs within the duration of their primary program CoE. For more information please contact the ESOS Student Compliance Unit ESOS@newcastle.edu.au.

Admission Requirements

  1. Current registration as a nurse in Australia

  2. Completed Bachelor of Nursing degree (or equivalent)

  3. Evidence of 5 years full time (or equivalent part time) experience as a registered nurse, minimum of 3 years full time (or equivalent part time) of speciality nursing experience, and minimum 1 year full time (or equivalent part time) experience at an advanced practice level in a specialist area of nursing as recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia http://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au.

  4. Nomination of two clinical supervisors to be approved by the Program Convenor: i. a nurse practitioner in the relevant speciality as the primary support team member and if not available a medical practitioner in that speciality ii. a senior nurse clinician or director, nurse educator, nurse specialist in the specific speciality

  5. Confirmed workplace support to complete all professional experience requirements of the course, including a minimum of 658 hours of embedded clinical practice in a specialist area of nursing. A template letter of support from your Director of Nursing and Head of Department is attached. Please note you employer is also required to provide corroborating evidence of how all professional experience requirements including role development support will be met.

  6. English language skills commensurate with requirements of registration as a nurse (IELTS).

  7. Active member of a professional nursing organisation(s) (e.g. Royal College of Nursing Australia, College of Emergency Nursing, College of Mental Health Nurses) and/or the applicant’s speciality nursing organisation

  8. Demonstrated contribution to the ongoing development of the profession.

  9. Access to a computer with high speed broadband or wireless access to the internet for a minimum of 20 hours per week.

Selection Criteria

Students required to access enrolment pack from GradSchool website or from Program Convenor and in addition to online application submit the following:

  • A comprehensive CV that demonstrates how you meet the admission criteria and provides clear evidence of your advanced practice – this needs to include your current role description
  • Completed form providing evidence of advanced practice and confirmation that you currently have access to sufficient direct client care to meet the clinical requirements for the program
  • Two completed clinical supervisor nomination forms
  • A completed letter of support and accompanying information from the Head of Department and Employer in your current workplace

Assumed Knowledge

  • Completed Bachelor of Nursing degree or equivalent. Equivalence must include Introduction to Research, or Research Design (including quantitative and qualitative); and
  • Evidence of 3 year full time (or equivalent part time) clinical practice in mental health nursing; and
  • Evidence of 1 year full time (or equivalent part time) at an advanced practice level in mental health nursing practice.

Credit Transfer

A maximum of 30 Units for a Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Nursing from the University of Newcastle OR up to a maximum of 60 Units for a Master of Mental Health Nursing (from the University of Newcastle) for courses completed that are common to the Master of Mental Health Nursing (Nurse Practitioner).

Credit for qualifications gained from other institutions will be assessed on an individual basis.

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to new program go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ and click on How to apply for credit.

Practical Experience

Students must undertake a minimum of 658 hours of embedded clinical practice in a specialist area of nursing. This experience will be located at the student’s regular place of work.

Professional Accreditation

Graduates of the program are eligible to seek credentialling as mental health nurses under the Credentialing for Practice Program of the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses.

Information on professional recognition can be found at the Australian College of Nurse Practitioners http://www.acnp.org.au/index.html

International Students

This program does not admit International students.

Special Needs

The Faculty accepts that it is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations for students with special needs, in liaison with the Student Support Unit, which offers practical assistance and advice to students with a disability or chronic illness. The Faculty will seek advice from the Student Support Unit as to what constitutes “reasonable accommodations” under Anti-Discrimination legislation.

Additional Information

Students are required to nominate a minimum of two clinical supervisors with their application. These two clinical supervisors should be:

  • A nurse practitioner in the relevant specialty as the primary support team member and if not available a medical practitioner in that specialty.
  • A senior nurse clinician or director, nurse educator or nurse specialist in the specific specialty. A nurse unit manager is not usually considered to be an appropriate nursing supervisor unless the manager has specific clinical qualifications and recent experience in the specialty area of clinical practice.

The clinical supervisor/s should be colleagues of the student and be available to provide a minimum of one hour per week in focused supervision throughout the period of time in which the student is undertaking the core courses in the program (PUBH6210, NURS6160, NURS6620, NURS6621, NURS6622, NURS6623, PHAR 6701, PHAR6702). Clinical supervisors are also required to be readily available on the rostered shift each week when the student is undertaking the embedded clinical practice required for the program. Regular communication with the supervisor will include face to face, telephone and video conferencing depending upon the student’s clinical environment/location. The two primary supervisors will be required to assess the student’s competency on completion of each of the courses listed above using the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Council (ANMC) Nurse Practitioner Standards. They may also be invited to participate in the student’s final clinical viva examination.

Review after 60 units to assess academic and clinical progress and advise in regard to remediation needed to increase likelihood of successful completion of program.

Requirements and Structure

Students enrolled in this program are required to complete 120 units in total, including: 80 units of Core courses, 30 units of Directed courses and 10 units of either PUBH6210 or BIOS6910.

The recommended intake for this program is Trimester 1 or 2.
The following on campus attendance is required:
* (2 days) -  Orientation at the commencement of the program
* (5 days) - NURS6620 Biophysical Processes and Health Assessment
* (2 days) - NURS6031 Therapeutic Engagement and Psychosocial Interventions
* On campus attendance is also required for clinical viva assessment

Course Information

Code Name Availability Units
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
NURS6061 Contemporary Mental Health Nursing Trimester 2 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6620 Biophysical Processes and Health Assessment Trimester 3 - 2014 (GradSchool) 20 units
NURS6621 Contract Learning A Trimester 2 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6622 Contract Learning B Trimester 3 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6623 Leadership and Management in Practice Trimester 1 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
PHAR6701 Introduction to Pharmacotherapeutics and Prescribing for Advanced Nursing Practice Trimester 2 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
PHAR6702 Integrated Pharmacotherapeutics for Clinical Practice Trimester 3 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
Directed Courses
Code Name Availability Units
Choose 30 units from Directed Courses.
MEDI6130 Basis of Drug/Alcohol Problems
This is a semester based course.
Semester 2 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
MEDI6145 Motivating Health Behaviour Change
This is a semester based course.
Semester 1 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
MEDI6160 Clinical Assessment Of Drug/Alcohol Use
This is a semester based course.
Semester 2 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
MEDI6295 Managing Challenging Behaviours: Psychological Solutions
This is a semester based course.
Semester 1 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
MEDI6400 Mental Health Emergency Care
This is a semester based course.
Semester 2 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6035 Therapeutic Engagement & Psychosocial Interventions
This course includes a two day, face to face residential session.
Trimester 2 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6055 Mental Health Nursing in Acute Care Trimester 1 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6070 Mental Health Nursing of Older People Trimester 3 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6085 Forensic Mental Health Trimester 1 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6095 Mental Health Nursing in Community Settings Trimester 1 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
Choose 10 units from PUBH6210 Qualitative Methods in Health Research OR BIOS6910 Biostatistics A.
BIOS6910 Biostatistics A Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (GradSchool)
10 units
PUBH6210 Qualitative Methods in Health Research Trimester 1 - 2014 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2014 (GradSchool)
10 units