Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner)

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Program Code 11383
Graduate Level Postgraduate
Locations
  • Online
UAC Code UAC Website
Contributing Schools and Faculties
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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
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Description

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.

Why study with us?

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.

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.

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 your 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

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

Assumed Knowledge

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.

Credit Transfer

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.

Practical Experience

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.

Professional Accreditation

Graduates from the program are eligible to apply for professional recognition with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

International Students

The program does not admit international on campus 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, 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.

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.
NURS6120 Contemporary Nursing Trimester 2 - 2014 (GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
NURS6620 Biophysical Processes and Health Assessment Trimester 3 - 2014 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2015 (GradSchool)
20 units
NURS6621 Contract Learning A
Prior successful completion of NURS6090, NURS6620, NURS6120 and NURS6623 and 30 units of Directed courses prior to enrolment.
Trimester 2 - 2014 (GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
NURS6622 Contract Learning B
Prior successful completion of NURS6090, NURS6620, NURS6120 & NURS6623 and 30 units of Directed courses prior to enrolment. Students enrol in NURS6622 & PHAR6702 as the final course in the program.
Trimester 3 - 2014 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
NURS6623 Leadership and Management in Practice Trimester 1 - 2014 (GradSchool)
Trimester 1 - 2015 (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
Prior successful completion of PHAR6701. Students will enrol in PHAR6702 and NURS6622 as the final courses in the program.
Trimester 3 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
Directed Courses
Code Name Availability Units
Choose 30 units 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
This course is not available to International students.
Trimester 2 - 2014 (GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
NURS6070 Mental Health Nursing of Older People Trimester 3 - 2014 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
NURS6190 Issues in Aged Care Trimester 2 - 2014 (GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
NURS6250 The Experience of Ageing Trimester 3 - 2014 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
NURS6450 Symptom Management in Clinical Practice Trimester 1 - 2014 (GradSchool)
Trimester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
NURS6624 Leading Change in Practice Trimester 2 - 2014 (GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
NURS6650 Infection Control Trimester 3 - 2014 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
NURS6711 Palliative Care Practice Trimester 3 - 2014 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
NURS6811 Assessment: The Neonate, Child, Young Person & Family Trimester 1 - 2014 (GradSchool)
Trimester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
NURS6814 Pregnancy Birth and the Family Trimester 3 - 2014 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2015 (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)
Trimester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
NURS6820 Acute and Chronic Illness in Children Trimester 3 - 2014 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
Choose 10 units from PUBH6210 or BIOS6910
BIOS6910 Biostatistics A
Note BIOS6910 is avaible as a semester based course only.
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