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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