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Program Code 11682
Graduate Level Postgraduate
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Description

The Master of Nursing (Advanced Practice) program is intended for registered nurses who wish to prepare themselves for leadership in nursing practice and education. The focus is on clinical practice and the program allows for specialisation in selected areas of nursing, and in-depth study of a selected topic relevant to nursing practice. In particular, the program is designed for registered nurses who wish to practice as clinical nurse specialists, clinical nurse consultants, or clinical nurse educators.

The program requires completion of 80 units and consists of Core and Directed Courses. The program has a clinical practice focus and allows for specialisation in selected areas of nursing. Streams and areas of specialisation are available in Acute Care (including Perioperative, Nephrology, Intensive Care, Emergency and Surgical Nursing), Older Person Nursing, and Child, Youth and Family Nursing. Students must complete the courses approved for each specialisation to ensure specialisation acknowledgement.

A number of the courses listed are offered in partnership with Hunter New England Area Health (including Mental Health and the Centre for Education and Nursing Research in Child Health [CENRiCH]).

PLEASE NOTE: Students enrolling in the Master of Nursing (Advanced Practice) program in 2014 will NOT be able to enrol in the Acute Care specialisation.

Why study with us?

Teaching is shared between academic staff and conjoint staff who are clinical experts within their speciality areas.

Career Opportunities

The program is designed for registered nurses who wish to practice as clinical nurse specialists, clinical nurse consultants, or clinical nurse educators.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must be registered nurses with a Bachelor of Nursing degree or equivalent. If you do not have a Bachelors degree please contact the Program Convenor or the Program Officer to discuss this further.

Selection Criteria

Please note that courses in the Acute Care Specialisation are NOT currently available to international students. Students who choose to study NURS6772 & NURS6773 must have concurrent employment in a specialty area (minimum of 0.6 FTE per week).

Students who choose to study NURS6816 must have experience in a special care nursery or level 2 nursery working with newborn infants or experience in paediatric intensive care.

Assumed Knowledge

Completed Bachelor of Nursing degree or equivalent and evidence of 1 year full time (or equivalent part time) of advanced clinical practice in a broad area of practice.

Credit Transfer

Credit may be available for previous studies on the basis of an individual assessment for each applicant. Credit will be awarded in accordance with University Policy and Faculty Guidelines. 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

In NURS6772 & NURS6773, students need to have achieved a satisfactory clinical assessment (this includes meeting the required number of 288 hours within 12 weeks) and meet the clinical competencies as per the clinical specialty. Students must pass NURS6772 prior to enrolling in NURS6773.

International Students

This program is available to offshore International students only.

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 can elect to exit with a Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Advanced Practice) after completing NURS6120 and 3 Directed courses.

Students wishing to have a specialisation recognised on their transcript must complete 40 units of one specialisation stream.

PLEASE NOTE: Students enrolling in the Master of Nursing (Advanced Practice) program in 2014 will NOT be able to enrol in the Acute Care specialisation.

Requirements and Structure

This program requires the completion of 80 units of study. There is provision for students to exit with the Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Advanced Practice) upon completion of NURS6120 and three Directed Courses.

PLEASE NOTE: Students enrolling in the Master of Nursing (Advanced Practice) program in 2014 will NOT be able to enrol in the Acute Care specialisation.

Course Information

Code Name Availability Units
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this specialisation.
NURS6120 Contemporary Nursing Trimester 2 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
PUBH6210 Qualitative Methods in Health Research Trimester 1 - 2014 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2014 (GradSchool)
10 units
Directed Courses
Code Name Availability Units
Choose 60 units from Directed Courses List (availability conditional on sufficient enrolment).
BIOS6910 Biostatistics A
Offered on a Semester basis.
Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (GradSchool)
10 units
EPID6420 Epidemiology A - Basic Methods
Offered on a Semester basis.
Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (GradSchool)
10 units
EPID6600 Research Protocol Design
Offered on a Semester basis.
Semester 2 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
MEDI6160 Clinical Assessment Of Drug/Alcohol Use
Offered on a Semester basis.
Semester 2 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
MEDI6320 Stroke: Acute Management
Offered on a Semester basis.
Semester 1 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
MEDI6340 Stroke: Rehabilitation
Offered on a Semester basis.
Semester 2 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6450 Symptom Management in Clinical Practice Trimester 1 - 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
NURS6624 Leading Change in Practice Trimester 2 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6640 Teaching and Learning in the Clinical Context Trimester 2 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6650 Infection Control Trimester 3 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6711 Palliative Care Practice Trimester 3 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
PHAR6701 Introduction to Pharmacotherapeutics and Prescribing for Advanced Nursing Practice Trimester 2 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units

Acute Care

Code Name Availability Units
Choose 20 units from Directed Courses List (availability conditional on sufficient enrolment).
BIOS6910 Biostatistics A
Offered on a Semester basis.
Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (GradSchool)
10 units
EPID6420 Epidemiology A - Basic Methods
Offered on a Semester basis.
Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (GradSchool)
10 units
EPID6600 Research Protocol Design
Offered on a Semester basis.
Semester 2 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
MEDI6130 Basis of Drug/Alcohol Problems
Offered on a Semester basis.
Semester 2 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
MEDI6160 Clinical Assessment Of Drug/Alcohol Use
Offered on a Semester basis.
Semester 2 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
MEDI6340 Stroke: Rehabilitation
Offered on a Semester basis.
Semester 2 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6450 Symptom Management in Clinical Practice Trimester 1 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 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
NURS6624 Leading Change in Practice Trimester 2 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6640 Teaching and Learning in the Clinical Context Trimester 2 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6650 Infection Control Trimester 3 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6711 Palliative Care Practice Trimester 3 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
PHAR6701 Introduction to Pharmacotherapeutics and Prescribing for Advanced Nursing Practice Trimester 2 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
Choose 40 units from Specialistion Courses List
NURS6450 Symptom Management in Clinical Practice Trimester 1 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6771 Professional Development in a Practice Context Not currently offered 10 units
NURS6772 Specialty Nursing A
Students must have concurrent employment in a specialty area (minimum of 0.6 FTE per week). Specialties - Perioperative, Nephrology, Intensive Care, Emergency & Surgical Nursing.
Not currently offered 10 units
NURS6773 Specialty Nursing B
Students must have concurrent employment in a specialty area (see list for NURS6772) (min of 0.6 FTE per week). Students must successfully complete NURS6772 prior to enrolling in this course.
Not currently offered 10 units

Child, Youth and Family Nursing

Code Name Availability Units
Choose 20 units from Directed Courses List (availability conditional on sufficient enrolment).
BIOS6910 Biostatistics A
Offered on a Semester basis.
Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (GradSchool)
10 units
EPID6420 Epidemiology A - Basic Methods
Offered on a Semester basis.
Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (GradSchool)
10 units
EPID6600 Research Protocol Design
Offered on a Semester basis.
Semester 2 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
MEDI6160 Clinical Assessment Of Drug/Alcohol Use
Offered on a Semester basis.
Semester 2 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
MEDI6320 Stroke: Acute Management
Offered on a Semester basis.
Semester 1 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
MEDI6340 Stroke: Rehabilitation
Offered on a Semester basis.
Semester 2 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6450 Symptom Management in Clinical Practice Trimester 1 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 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
NURS6624 Leading Change in Practice Trimester 2 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6640 Teaching and Learning in the Clinical Context Trimester 2 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6650 Infection Control Trimester 3 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6711 Palliative Care Practice Trimester 3 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
PHAR6701 Introduction to Pharmacotherapeutics and Prescribing for Advanced Nursing Practice Trimester 2 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
Choose 40 units from Specialistion Courses List
NURS6811 Assessment: The Neonate, Child, Young Person & Family Trimester 1 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6814 Pregnancy Birth and the Family Trimester 3 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6815 Special Care of the Newborn Trimester 1 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6816 Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing
Students must have experience in special care nursery or level 2 nursery working with newborn infants or experience in paediatric intensive care.
Trimester 2 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6820 Acute and Chronic Illness in Children Trimester 3 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units

Older Person Nursing

Code Name Availability Units
Choose 20 units from Directed Courses List (availability conditional on sufficient enrolment).
BIOS6910 Biostatistics A
Offered on a Semester basis.
Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (GradSchool)
10 units
EPID6420 Epidemiology A - Basic Methods
Offered on a Semester basis.
Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (GradSchool)
10 units
EPID6600 Research Protocol Design
Offered on a Semester basis.
Semester 2 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
MEDI6160 Clinical Assessment Of Drug/Alcohol Use
Offered on a Semester basis.
Semester 2 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
MEDI6320 Stroke: Acute Management
Offered on a Semester basis.
Semester 1 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
MEDI6340 Stroke: Rehabilitation
Offered on a Semester basis.
Semester 2 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6450 Symptom Management in Clinical Practice Trimester 1 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 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
NURS6624 Leading Change in Practice Trimester 2 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6640 Teaching and Learning in the Clinical Context Trimester 2 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6650 Infection Control Trimester 3 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6711 Palliative Care Practice Trimester 3 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
PHAR6701 Introduction to Pharmacotherapeutics and Prescribing for Advanced Nursing Practice Trimester 2 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
Choose 40 units from Specialistion Courses List
NURS6070 Mental Health Nursing of Older People Trimester 3 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6190 Issues in Aged Care Trimester 2 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6250 The Experience of Ageing Trimester 3 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6711 Palliative Care Practice Trimester 3 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units