Master of Nursing Practice

Postgraduate coursework

Deepen your leadership, management, specialist theoretical and practice knowledge. Learn more about this postgraduate course and its specialist streams.

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Key facts

Duration

1.5 years full time or up to 4 years part time, depending on your entry point

Campuses

  • Cloud (online) mode
Cloud (online)
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Course information

The Master of Nursing Practice aims to broaden and deepen theoretical and practice knowledge of registered nurses who work in a variety of specialty health care settings (such as Intensive Care, Cardiac Care, Emergency Care, Critical Care, and Perioperative nursing) or those desiring a career in nursing management, governance or leadership. Specialisation is optional and can be taken at a certificate or diploma level. Students wishing to complete a Master of Nursing Practice will choose either the Master of Nursing Practice (Minor Thesis) or Master of Nursing Practice (Coursework) pathway.

The Master of Nursing Practice aims to prepare graduates to practise effectively at an advanced practice level. Graduates will demonstrate ethical, safe, high quality, expert clinical decision making within an interdisciplinary team, and psychomotor skills commensurate with specialised theoretical knowledge, evidence-based practice and person or client-centred care. The course provides research training, as well as leadership and specialty expertise, to equip graduates for management, governance, education and leadership roles, and the requirements to undertake higher degrees by research such as a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

The course is predicated on the notion that registered nurses should practise in ways that extend beyond the technical and practical concerns of nursing and to provide leadership, research-based practice and advanced decision making as part of the multidisciplinary health team. This course therefore provides research training as well as leadership and specialty expertise to equip students for leadership roles, and the requirements to undertake higher degrees by research. The course has been designed with a flexible structure that allows students to choose from several sequences of study and /or from a range of units that support their career aspirations.

Studies can be undertaken in a variety of general acute care wards, educational, managerial, community and specialty critical care settings. The latter includes Intensive Care Units, Cardiac Catheter Laboratories, Cardiac Care Units, Emergency Departments, Critical Care Units, Operating Suites and Post Anaesthetic Care Units. Registered nurses delivering care to patients or clients in any setting will have the opportunity to extend their practice skills in the areas of advanced patient assessment skills, clinical decision making and diagnostic reasoning.

 

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Course structure

To complete the Master of Nursing Practice students must attain 12 credit points, chosen from a suite of units. HNN727 Research in Nursing and Midwifery, a 2 credit point unit, is core. Students may choose either the Master of Nursing Practice (Minor Thesis) or Master of Nursing Practice (Coursework) pathway.

For coursework units, at least 6 of the 12 credit points must normally be level 7 nursing units from the list below. Up to 4 credit points may be selected from the elective units listed or approved units from any postgraduate course at Deakin.

Students wishing to complete the Master of Nursing Practice including a minor thesis must complete HNN727 Research in Nursing and Midwifery (2 credit points). Providing the student meets academic entry requirements, students may then undertake the 4 credit-point minor thesis (HNN756 Nursing Research Thesis A, HNN757 Nursing Research Thesis B, HNN758 Nursing Research Thesis C and HNN759 Nursing Research Thesis D.

The Master of Nursing Practice can be undertaken over 1½ years full time or 4 years part-time. Students wishing to seek employment in the specialty practice areas must undertake core specialty units and may exit either at the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma level.

Specialty Practice Critical Care Units

Please note that specialist streams are not available for international students.

Applicants wishing to undertake the intensive care, cardiac care or emergency care or critical care specialty courses at Certificate level in the Master of Nursing Practice must also independently apply for and seek permanent employment with a collaborating hospital within their specialty area. Offers to undertake these specialisations will not be issued until written confirmation of this support by a collaborating hospital has been received by Deakin University.

Students must be employed on a permanent basis undertaking at least 24 hours clinical practice per week in their specialty area.

Specialty units (core)

Trimester 1

  • Advanced Physiology and Patient Assessment HNN751
  • Core Principles of Care for the Critically Ill Patient HNN752
  • Inquiry Into Specialty Nursing Practice HNN750 (required if taking alternative exit at Graduate Diploma level
  • Trimester 2

  • Cardiac Care Nursing 1 HNN765 *';

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  • Master elective coursework units - maximum 6

    Each unit is worth 1 credit point unless otherwise specified. Offering is subject to demand and resources

    Trimester 1

  • Ethical Dimensions of Nursing HNN714
  • Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning HNN730
  • Patient Safety and Risk Management HNN749
  • Therapeutic Medication Management HNN781
  • Pathophysiology of Diabetes HND701
  • Diabetes in Social and Psychological Contexts HND732
  • Facilitating Clinical Learning HNN771
  • Nursing and Midwifery in Low Resource/Complex Environments (LRCE) HNN772
  • Trimester 2

  • Clinical Leadership and Collaborative Practice HNN704 (incompatible with HNN715)
  • Leadership and Management in Nursing HNN715 (incompatible with HNN704)
  • Clinical Research Methods HNN732 (incompatible with HNN727)
  • Clinical Excellence in Nurse Practitioner Practice HNN733
  • Quality and Safety in Medication Management HNN780
  • Management of Diabetes HND702
  • Learning and Teaching for Health Professionals HND731 (includes 3 day intensive workshop held in T1/T2 inter-trimester break)
  • Nursing and Midwifery Management of Vulnerable Populations in LRCE HNN773
  • Thesis units

    All units are availble in Trimester 1 and Trmester 2

  • Nursing Research Thesis A HNN756
  • Nursing Research Thesis B HNN757
  • Nursing Research Thesis C HNN758
  • Nursing Research Thesis D HNN759
  • * Core specialty units for Cardiac Care specialty

    ** Core specialty units for Critical Care specialty

    + Core specialty units for Emergency Care specialty

    # Core specialty units for Intensive Care specialty

    *** This is a core (compulsory) unit for all students in the Master of Nursing Practice

    Specialty Practice Perioperative Units

    Applicants wishing to undertake the perioperative specialty stream at Graduate Certificate level in the Master of Nursing Practice must also independently apply for and seek permanent employment with a collaborating hospital within their specialty area. Offers to undertake these specialty streams will not be issued until written confirmation of this support by a collaborating hospital has been received by Deakin University.

    Students must be employed on a permanent basis undertaking at least 24 hours clinical practice per week in their specialty area.

    Please note that specialist streams are not available for international students.

    Specialty units (core)

    Trimester 1

  • Core Principles of Perianaesthesia Nursing Care HNN755
  • Core Principles of Intraoperative Nursing Care HNN740
  • Inquiry Into Specialty Nursing Practice HNN750
  • Trimester 2

  • Principles of Complex Perianaesthesia Nursing Care HNN742
  • Principles of Complex Intraoperative Nursing Care HNN743
  • Advanced Concepts in Specialty Nursing Practice HNN788
  • Master units (core)

  • Research in Nursing and Midwifery HNN727 (2 credit points)***
  • Master elective units - maximum 6

    Each unit is worth 1 credit point unless otherwise specified. Offering is subject to demand and resources.

    Trimester 1

  • Ethical Dimensions of Nursing HNN714
  • Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning HNN730
  • Patient Safety and Risk Management HNN749
  • Therapeutic Medication Management HNN781
  • Pathophysiology of Diabetes HND701
  • Diabetes in Social and Psychological Contexts HND732
  • Facilitating Clinical Learning HNN771
  • Nursing and Midwifery in Low Resource/Complex Environments (LRCE) HNN772
  • Trimester 2

  • Clinical Leadership and Collaborative Practice HNN704 (incompatible with HNN715)
  • Leadership and Management in Nursing HNN715 (incompatible with HNN704)
  • Clinical Research Methods HNN732 (incompatible with HNN727)
  • Clinical Excellence in Nurse Practitioner Practice HNN733
  • Quality and Safety in Medication Management HNN780
  • Management of Diabetes HND702
  • Learning and Teaching for Health Professionals HND731 (includes 3 day intensive workshop held in T1/T2 inter-trimester break)
  • Nursing and Midwifery Management of Vulnerable Populations in LRCE HNN773
  • Thesis units

  • Nursing Research Thesis A HNN756
  • Nursing Research Thesis B HNN757
  • Nursing Research Thesis C HNN758
  • Nursing Research Thesis D HNN759
  • Master of Nursing Practice without specialisation

    Master units (core)

  • Research in Nursing and Midwifery HNN727 (2 credit points)***
  • Master elective units - maximum 10

    Each unit is worth 1 credit point unless otherwise specified. Offering is subject to demand and resources

    Trimester 1

  • Ethical Dimensions of Nursing HNN714
  • Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning HNN730
  • Patient Safety and Risk Management HNN749
  • Therapeutic Medication Management HNN781
  • Pathophysiology of Diabetes HND701
  • Diabetes in Social and Psychological Contexts HND732
  • Facilitating Clinical Learning HNN771
  • Nursing and Midwifery in Low Resource/Complex Environments (LRCE) HNN772
  • Trimester 2

  • Clinical Leadership and Collaborative Practice HNN704 (incompatible with HNN715)
  • Leadership and Management in Nursing HNN715 (incompatible with HNN704)
  • Clinical Research Methods HNN732 (incompatible with HNN727)
  • Clinical Excellence in Nurse Practitioner Practice HNN733
  • Quality and Safety in Medication Management HNN780
  • Management of Diabetes HND702
  • Learning and Teaching for Health Professionals HND731 (includes 3 day intensive workshop held in T1/T2 inter-trimester break)
  • Nursing and Midwifery Management of Vulnerable Populations in LRCE HNN773
  • *** Core unit for Master of Nursing Practice

    Key information

    Award granted
    Master of Nursing Practice
    Year
    2019 course information
    Deakin code
    H771
    Level
    Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Cloud Campus

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Cloud Campus

    ^Specialty practice courses Graduate Certificate/Diploma of Nursing Practice (Intensive Care, Cardiac Care – including Interventional Cardiology, Emergency Care, Critical Care, Perioperative) are offered in Cloud (online) mode with significant campus requirements at Burwood (Melbourne)

    FEES: Course fees are unit based; those students who study part-time or who exit early after completion of the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma will incur costs only for the units undertaken.

    Additional course information

    CSPs are limited and are dependent on Government funding received by the University. Therefore a CSP is not guaranteed to all domestic students. It is usually given based on prior academic merit.

    Course duration - additional information

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Mandatory student checks

    Students in specialty courses i.e. critical care, perioperative nursing, intensive care, emergency and cardiac care nursing are employed by health services where a National Police Record Check and a Working with Children Check are required for employment.

    Workload

    As a student in a Cloud (online) course in the Faculty of Health you will be expected to spend 11-13 hours every week studying, interacting via CloudDeakin and completing assessment tasks for each unit in your course. For those enrolled in critical care and perioperative courses, you will also be required to attend Burwood (Melbourne) campus - refer to individual unit details in the course structure for more information.

    Work experience

    For those students undertaking units in the specialty courses, success in the course is contingent on the student having access to a suitable workplace in which to consolidate learning, enhance understanding, demonstrate skills and undertake assessments. Prior to entry to the course, each applicant’s workplace is considered in terms of its suitability and capacity to provide students with the necessary supports. Ongoing support for educators in the workplace is also provided by Deakin staff.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

    In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.

    Applicants should normally possess a Bachelor of Nursing or equivalent and must be nurses registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, with a minimum of 12 months recent clinical experience.

    As the Specialty pathways courses are offered collaboratively between the University and a range of partnership/ collaborating hospitals, student selection into the course is a joint process. Students must independently apply for and seek permanent employment within a collaborating hospital to support and provide a sound clinical learning environment for the clinical program requirements of the course. Where concurrent employment is not possible, clinical practicums may be negotiated.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    $22,600 for 1 yr full-time - Full-fee paying place
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    $6,588 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)

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    The available fee places for this course are detailed above.

    Tuition fees are determined by your enrolment:

    • If you are offered a full fee paying place, your tuition fees are calculated based on your course.
    • If you are offered a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the units you choose. Not all courses at Deakin have Commonwealth supported places available.

    The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning.

    * One year full-time study load is typically represented by eight credit points of study. Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for your course.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

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    • does not include non-tuition costs that may apply, such as Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF);
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    If you’re a Deakin alumni commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your spouse and members of your immediate family may also be eligible to apply for this bursary.

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    Graduate outcomes

    Career outcomes

    Deakin’s postgraduate courses have been developed in collaboration with our industry partners, ensuring the teaching and learning is relevant to today’s industry needs. After successfully completing your chosen course you will have a qualification that is highly respected by industry and academia, and you will be qualified to gain employment within your chosen specialty in all states and territories of Australia, as well as overseas.

    Health care reforms and workforce restructure in Australia, are clearly on the agenda of health policy makers to ensure the health workforce is appropriate for health care delivery in the 21st century. Increasingly it is evident to governments that registered nurses with advanced knowledge, complex decision making skills and clinical competencies for advanced practice can make a significant contribution to health care delivery and the sustainability of the Australian health system. Masters level preparation will further develop nurses’ skills to solve novel problems, think critically, autonomously exercise professional judgement and assume new roles which will enable them to contribute to the provision of safe, high quality, innovative and flexible health care delivery. Nurses with Masters level qualifications, working collaboratively in multidisciplinary teams, complement care provided by other health professionals, thereby promoting better patient outcomes.

    Professional recognition

    A Master degree is not a professional accreditation requirement. Enrolment in a Master degree course offers students a competitive edge in the job market and improves chances of promotion

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

    Demonstrate ethical, safe, high quality, clinical decision making within an interdisciplinary team and psychomotor skills commensurate with general or specialised theoretical knowledge, evidence-based practices and person or client-centred care.

    Communication

    Demonstrate expertise in verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills using discipline-specific language and lay-terms necessary to assess and interpret data, convey ideas, develop plans of care and implement therapeutic interventions to ensure the delivery of high quality, safe general or specialised nursing care to patients/ clients.

    Digital Literacy

    Use appropriate technologies to locate authoritative discipline-specific information and justify the selection of this information; and demonstrate expertise in the ability to evaluate, synthesise and disseminate the information to members of the interdisciplinary health team, and general or specialised patients/clients in an ethical and professional manner.

    Critical thinking

    Demonstrate expertise in identifying, synthesising, analysing and critically evaluating complex data from multiple sources (e.g. healthcare team members, patients, digital technologies) to inform decision making in general or specialist areas that delivers safe, ethical  high quality nursing care in order to promote optimal patient/client outcomes.

    Problem Solving

    Effectively apply expert nursing knowledge and skills to routine, complex and ill-structured problems in general and specialised settings to achieve optimal patient/client outcomes.

    Self-management

    Demonstrate high level personal autonomy, leadership, expert clinical judgement, professionalism, responsibility, accountability, and reflection as general or specialised nurse.

    Teamwork

    Establish and maintain collaborative professional respectful relationships demonstrating professionalism, expertise, highly developed communication skills, leadership, responsibility and accountability to the interdisciplinary team, patients/clients and carers.

    Global Citizenship

    Display accountability for, and expert professional judgement in behaviours that uphold ethical and legal principles of practice within diverse social, cultural and environmental contexts.

     

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    Entry pathways

    This course can provide a pathway option to higher degree by research courses and other postgraduate coursework programs. If you have a graduate certificate in the same discipline, you may be eligible for credit for 4 credit points(units), which means you need to complete 1 year full-time, or part-time equivalent (8 credit points).  If you have a graduate diploma in the same discipline, you may be eligible for credit for 8 credit points (units), which means you need to complete 1 year part-time (4 credit points)

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    The Master of Nursing Practice comprises 12 credit points. Credit for prior learning is based on previous postgraduate qualifications and experience. Credit for prior learning is provided for elective units as per University CPL policy and assessed on case by case basis. There are 10 nested specialist practice courses at Certificate and Diploma level within the Master of Nursing Practice, with at least two intake points per year.

    Credit for prior learning

    The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

    You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Students holding an approved specialist certificate from the former Nurses Board of Victoria may apply for up to four credit points of credit for prior learning towards the Masters.

    Faculty contact information

    Health - Student and Academic Services
    Tel 03 9251 7777
    health-enquire@deakin.edu.au

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