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Overview

If you are a nurse looking for the best educational pathway to improve your ability to provide expert care and your career opportunities as a nurse practitioner, then the University of Newcastle’s Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) may be the program for you.

By expanding your skills and knowledge through this advanced program, coupled with extensive clinical training, you will become a competent and qualified nurse practitioner. With this highly regarded professional qualification, you can broaden your career opportunities, applying your acquired skills and experience in the individual assessment, planning, implementation, diagnosis and evaluation of patient care.

Embarking on the Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) will see you delve into core knowledge areas such as pharmacotherapeutics, biophysical processes, health research, leadership and management. You will also have the flexibility to explore specialised fields including aged care, mental health, infection control, palliative care and neonatal intensive care. For more information on the courses available, check out the ‘Details’ page.

With your Master’s qualification you will be able to take on more dynamic and challenging positions as a key collaborator in health services or as a policy advisor in the public or private sectors. You will also be able to apply for endorsement by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia to enable you to practice as a nurse practitioner.

Our advanced online learning system provides you with the flexibility and support to study anytime, anywhere to balance work, life and study. You can achieve your fully accredited Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) at a time that suits you.

Explore this page and find out if the Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) is for you, what you will study and the career opportunities it can provide you.

Admission requirements

Along with the online application form, students wishing to apply for admission to the Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) must supply the following documentation:A comprehensive CV that demonstrates how you meet the admission criteria and provides clear evidence of your advanced practice.

  1. A comprehensive CV that demonstrates how you meet the admission criteria and provides clear evidence of your advanced practice.
  2. A completed form providing evidence of advanced practice.
  3. Two completed clinical supervisor nomination forms
  4. A completed letter of support and accompanying information from the Head of Department and Employer in your current workplace

An enrolment pack containing all required information and forms can be downloaded here

Is it for you?

Are you a nurse looking to enhance and challenge your understanding of the nursing discipline to expand you career opportunities as a nurse practitioner? For the best educational pathway to improve not only your ability to provide expert care but your career opportunities as well, then the University of Newcastle’s Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) may be the program for you.

The Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) will provide you with fundamental theoretical knowledge and comprehensive practical experience to cement your future career as a nurse practitioner. On the job you will take on complex and challenging patient needs, using your newly acquired skills to work at an advanced level.

The strategic combination of theoretical and practical study makes the Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) program at the University of Newcastle suitable to those already working in the field and wishing to take on new challenges in their career.

To find out more about what you will study, visit the 'Study' tab.

Study

The University of Newcastle has developed the Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) to integrate valuable theoretical knowledge and extensive hands-on experience, providing you with the best educational grounding to advance your career as a nurse practitioner.

The program includes 600 hours of embedded clinical practice in your chosen specialty area, usually at your current place of employment (where feasible). With the help from professional mentors, you will be provided ongoing support and supervision throughout your studies.

The structure includes the study of eight core courses designed to develop and hone your clinical skills in the areas of biophysical processes and health assessment, pharmacotherapeutics and prescribing for advanced nursing practice and qualitative methods in health research, as well as your leadership and management in practice skills.

Additionally you will have a choice of multiple speciality areas to select three elective courses to compliment your chosen area of focus. Some of the options include stroke rehabilitation, infection control, palliative care and acute and chronic illness in children.

For more information on core courses and your options for specialisation, visit the ‘Details’ page.

To find out more about where the Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) can lead you, visit the 'Careers' tab.

Careers

With the Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) you will have a range of career opportunities ahead of you as a nurse practitioner. You can work in a variety of autonomous roles with a focus on aged care, paediatrics and chronic disease management, just to name a few. Further to this, you will be equipped with the knowledge to take on more dynamic and challenging positions which could see you act as a key collaborator within health services or drive policy development in the public or private arena.

As a nurse practitioner, you may become involved with:

  • direct referral of patients to other health care professionals
  • prescribing medications
  • ordering diagnostic investigations
  • assessing and managing patient care
  • research in your chosen field of expertise
  • private contract work

Nurse practitioners are strictly governed and guided by three overarching standards as outlined by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council:

1. Dynamic practice – applying high-level knowledge and skills in extended practice across stable, unpredictable and complex situations.
2. Professional efficacy - whereby practice is structured in a nursing model and enhanced by autonomy and accountability.
3. Clinical leadership - influencing and progressing clinical care, policy and collaboration through all levels of health service.

As a graduate of this program, you will be able to apply for authorisation by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia to work as a nurse practitioner.

For more detailed information on eligibility, courses and requirements of the Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) visit the ‘Details’ tab.

 

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