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|Contributing Schools and Faculties||
Faculty of Health and Medicine
(Nursing & Midwifery)
Faculty of Health and Medicine (Health Sciences)
Faculty of Health and Medicine (Medicine & Public Health)
Faculty of Health and Medicine (Biomedical Sciences & Pharmacy)
How to apply as a:
|Program Award Rules and Schedules|
|Mode of delivery||Online and Oncampus 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|
The Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) is designed to prepare expert nurses for the autonomous role of the nurse practitioner in an area of speciality nursing practice. If you are already highly skilled then you may aspire to becoming a nurse practitioner. 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.
The main focus of the Master of 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 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.
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.
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.
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
Advanced level of knowledge of patho-physiology within specialty area of practice. Some skills in health assessment /clinical decision making in the student’s specialty area of practice. Ability to justify his/her Clinical Decision.
30 Units for Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Advanced Practice) from the University of Newcastle OR 30 Units for Graduate Certificate in a specialty area of practice from another institution.
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.
Students must undertake a minimum 658 hours practical experience as part of the program requirements. This experience will be located at the student’s regular place of work.
Graduates from the program are eligible to apply for professional recognition with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.
The program does not admit international on campus students.
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.
Students are required to nominate a minimum of two clinical supervisors with their application. These two clinical supervisors should be:
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, NURS6120, 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.
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
|Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.|
|NURS6120||Contemporary 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|
|Choose 30 from Directed Courses|
|MEDI6320||Stroke: Acute Management||Semester 1 - 2014 (GradSchool)||10 units|
|MEDI6340||Stroke: Rehabilitation||Semester 2 - 2014 (GradSchool)||10 units|
|NURS6035||Therapeutic Engagement & Psychosocial Interventions||Trimester 2 - 2014 (GradSchool)||10 units|
|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|
|NURS6450||Symptom Management in Clinical Practice||Trimester 1 - 2014 (GradSchool)||10 units|
|NURS6624||Leading Change in Practice||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|
|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|
|NURS6816||Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing||Trimester 2 - 2014 (GradSchool)||10 units|
|NURS6820||Acute and Chronic Illness in Children||Trimester 3 - 2014 (GradSchool)||10 units|
|Choose 10 from PUBH6210 or BIOS6910|
Semester 1 - 2014
Semester 1 - 2014 (GradSchool)
|PUBH6210||Qualitative Methods in Health Research||
Trimester 1 - 2014
Semester 2 - 2014 (GradSchool)