Master of Nursing Practice

COURSE (INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS)

Overview

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 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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Key facts

English language requirements

IELTS overall score of 7 with no individual band score less than 7 (or equivalent). More information is available at www.ielts.org

Duration

1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent, depending on your entry point

Campuses

  • Cloud (online) mode^

Trimester 1

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

Trimester 2

  • 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)

Key information

Award granted

Master of Nursing Practice

Year

2017 course information

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

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.

Entry requirements

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. The minimum requirements are successful completion of a three-year undergraduate degree, or equivalent, from an approved university or other educational institution or successful completion of other equivalent qualifications gained by examination, or approved professional or industrial experience. International students must also meet the postgraduate English language requirements.

Career outcomes

Deakin’s postgraduate courses have been developed in collaboration with our industry partners, making the teaching 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.

Course learning outcomes

Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Discipline Specific knowledge and capabilities

Demonstrate ethical, safe, high quality expert, 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.

 

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.

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. Alternatively, students may undertake the 4 credit-point thesis (HNN725 and HNN726), which articulates with PhD studies.

Students wishing to complete the Master of Nursing Practice by Minor Thesis must complete HNN727 Research in Nursing and Midwifery (2 credit points) prior to enrolling in HNN725 Research Thesis A and HNN726 Research Thesis B.

The Master of Nursing Practice is a 12 credit point course that 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.

Students wishing to continue to Master Level will choose either the Master of Nursing Practice (Minor Thesis) or Master of Nursing Practice (Coursework) pathway.

Specialty Practice Critical Care Units

Applicants wishing to undertake the intensive care, cardiac care or emergency care or critical care specialty courses at Certificate or Diploma 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 (not available to international students)
  • Core Principles of Care for the Critically Ill Patient HNN752 (not available to international students)
  • Inquiry Into Specialty Nursing Practice HNN750 (required if taking alternative exit at Graduate Diploma level - not available to international students)
  • Trimester 2

  • Cardiac Care Nursing 1 HNN765 * (not available to international students)
  • Cardiac Care Nursing 2 HNN775 * (not available to international students)
  • Critical Care Nursing 1 HNN767 ** (not available to international students)
  • Critical Care Nursing 2 HNN777 ** (not available to international students)
  • Emergency Care Nursing 1 HNN766 + (not available to international students)
  • Emergency Care Nursing 2 HNN776 + (not available to international students)
  • Intensive Care Nursing 1 HNN764 # (not available to international students)
  • Intensive Care Nursing 2 HNN774 # (not available to international students)
  • Advanced Concepts in Specialty Nursing Practice HNN788 (required if taking alternative exit at Graduate Diploma level - not available to international students)
  • Master units (core)

  • Research in Nursing and Midwifery HNN727 (2 credit points)***
  • 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
  • HNN746
  • Patient Safety and Risk Management HNN749
  • Therapeutic Medication Management HNN781
  • Pathophysiology of Diabetes HND701
  • Diabetes in Social and Psychological Contexts HND732
  • 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

  • Research Thesis A HNN725 (2 credit points)
  • Research Thesis B HNN726 (2 credit points)
  • * 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

    *** Core unit for Master of Nursing Practice (by minor thesis or coursework). This core unit must be undertaken by students who intend to graduate with a Master of Nursing Practice (by minor thesis or coursework)

    Specialty Practice Perioperative Units

    Applicants wishing to undertake the perioperative specialty stream 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.

    Specialty units (core)

    Trimester 1

  • Core Principles of Perianaesthesia Nursing Care HNN755 (not available to international students)
  • Core Principles of Intraoperative Nursing Care HNN740 (not available to international students)
  • Inquiry Into Specialty Nursing Practice HNN750 (not available to international students)
  • Trimester 2

  • Principles of Complex Perianaesthesia Nursing Care HNN742 (not available to international students)
  • Principles of Complex Intraoperative Nursing Care HNN743 (not available to international students)
  • Advanced Concepts in Specialty Nursing Practice HNN788 (not available to international students)
  • 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
  • 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

  • Research Thesis A HNN725 (2 credit points)
  • Research Thesis B HNN726 (2 credit points)
  • 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
  • HNN746
  • Patient Safety and Risk Management HNN749
  • Therapeutic Medication Management HNN781
  • Pathophysiology of Diabetes HND701
  • Diabetes in Social and Psychological Contexts HND732
  • 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 (by minor thesis or coursework). This core unit must be undertaken by students who intend to graduate with a Master of Nursing Practice (by minor thesis or coursework)

    How to apply

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Apply through Deakin

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

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    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

    Course pathways

    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

    Am I eligible to receive credit for prior learning?

    If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit for prior learning. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit for prior learning.

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

    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. You will also be required to attend Burwood (Melbourne) campus - refer to individual unit details in the course structure for more information.

    Fee information

    The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

    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 you have.

    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 that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

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

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

    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.

    Offered campuses

    Study online at Cloud Campus

    Students are able to study all or part of this course online. You can study anywhere, anytime through Deakin's Cloud Campus.

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