Return to Practice / Initial Registration of Overseas Nurses - Registered Nurse

Non-award

Study this 10-week course to gain nursing registration in Australia.

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Key facts

Duration

The course is completed over a ten (10) week period commencing January 2019 and again in May 2019. Depending on the availability of clinical placements and other clinical requirements the duration may extend to 14 weeks.

January commencement - teaching starts on 21 January with oritentation 17-18 January

June commencement - teaching starts on 27 May with orientation 23-24 May

This course will only be offered subject to minimum enrolments and the availability of suitable clinical venues.
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Course information

The Return to Practice or Initial Registration of Overseas Nurses - Registered Nurse course is a non-award course for nurses who: a) have previously been registered in Australia, but have not had sufficient nursing practice in the preceding five years OR b) are wishing to obtain initial registration in Australia.

The course is made up of 6 weeks of theory and 4 weeks of clinical placement, normally conducted over a 10 week period. Depending on the availability of clinical placements and other clinical requirements the duration may extend to 14 weeks.

On successful completion of the course the student will be eligible to apply for registration as a Registered Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). Note: the NMBA has registration requirements that must be met in order to register. Course completion is one of these requirements.

This course is currently accredited as at the date of publishing.

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Course structure

To complete the Return to Practice or Initial Registration of Overseas Nurses - Registered Nurse course students must attain 4 credit points taken over three units. All units must be successfully completed.

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.

The course is divided into two components: a 6 week academic component and a 4 week clinical component.

The duration of the course is normally 10 weeks. Depending on the availability of clinical placements and other clinical requirements the duration may extend to 14 weeks.

Academic learning program:  6 weeks

The academic program comprises six weeks of full-time study, based at Melbourne Burwood campus, providing a broad overview of nursing practice in the contemporary Australian society and health care system. The program is offered in two units of study.

Clinical learning program: 4 weeks

The clinical learning program aims to provide an opportunity for the student to consolidate their experience in the Australian clinical environment under the supervision and guidance of expert clinicians and clinical facilitators.

On successful completion of the course, each student will have the met the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia’s Registered Nurse Standards for Practice.

Units offered:

  • Nursing Practice in Australia HNN021
  • Legal Ethical and Contemporary Issues in Australian Nursing Practice HNN026
  • Clinical Practicum HNN025
  • Key information

    Year
    2019 course information
    Deakin code
    H011
    CRICOS code?
    062983J

    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.

    This is a full fee paying program. International applicants must contact Deakin International directly for details of course fees. Re-entry and Australian permanent resident applicants should contact the School of Nursing and Midwifery regarding fees.

    Additional course information

    Course duration - additional information

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

    Mandatory student checks

    In accordance with Department of Human Services policy, all students are required to undertake a National Police Record Check prior to clinical placements in each calendar year of their course.

    In accordance with the Department of Justice 2007, Working with Children Act 2005, amended 2017, all students are required to undertake a Working with Children Check at the commencement of their course. Students who fail to obtain a Police Record Check and a Working with Children Check prior to the commencement of clinical placement will not be able to undertake clinical placement and this will impede progress in the course. Students may also be required to declare their immunisation status to satisfy the requirements of health organisations where they will be undertaking their clinical learning experience. A health organisation may refuse to accept a student for placement if the student’s immunisation status is not satisfactory to the health organisation.

    Inherent requirements

    Essential knowledge, skills and capabilities are required to undertake and successfully complete the undergraduate nursing and midwifery courses and to practice safely as a registered nurse and/or midwife. The inherent requirements of the course are listed at School of Nursing and Midwifery Undergraduate Courses: Inherent Requirements

    Participation requirements

    Students will undertake a clinical placement practicum of 160 hours

    Placement can occur at any time, including during the standard holiday breaks listed here: http://www.deakin.edu.au/courses/key-dates.

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

    Work experience

    Students will undertake a clinical placement practicum of 160 hours

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    International students must meet academic admission requirements as well as English language requirements to be considered for entry.

    Return to Practice applicants must:

    • have obtained approval from the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) or the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) to participate in the course; and
    • be permanent Australian residents or hold, or be eligible to hold, a current Visa (contact your nearest Australian Diplomatic Mission for advice);

    Initial Registration of Overseas Nurses – Registered Nurse applicants must:

    • have obtained approval from the AHPRA or the NMBA to participate in the course; and
    • be permanent Australian residents or hold, or be eligible to hold, a current Visa (contact your nearest Australian Diplomatic Mission for advice);
    • be overseas qualified nurses holding a Bachelor's degree in nursing; and
    • international applicants must have proof of achievement of an overall ‘B’ pass or above in all four sections in the Occupational English Test (OET), achieved in one sitting, or an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum of 7 in all four components (Reading; Listening: Writing and Speaking obtained in one sitting for the test), or equivalent approved English language test. Please refer to the Deakin English language requirements.

    Please also check http://www.ahpra.gov.au/Registration/Registration-Process/Registration-Requirements.aspx for English language requirements following completion of the course.

     

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    This is a full fee paying program. International applicants must contact Deakin International directly for details of course fees. Re-entry and Australian permanent resident applicants should contact the School of Nursing and Midwifery regarding fees.

    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

    Professional recognition

    Not applicable

    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

    Provide competent, safe, and comprehensive nursing care in contemporary health care settings in Australia; select and evaluate current research and evidence; demonstrate the attitudes and skills required by ANMC competencies in nursing practice.

    Communication

    Demonstrate therapeutic communication skills to interact effectively and professionally within the multidisciplinary health care team.

    Digital Literacy

    Use a range of information technologies and retrieve information via databases.

    Critical thinking

    Contribute to the development of nursing as a discipline through critical enquiry and professional engagement.

    Problem Solving

    Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving, innovative thinking, and the ability to transfer skills and knowledge to new and challenging situations.

    Self-management

    Develop the skills for independent study and a commitment to life-long learning.

    Teamwork

    Display a broad understanding of the professional, legal, and ethical responsibilities aligned with being a Registered Nurse within the Australian context.

    Global Citizenship

    Demonstrate knowledge of the Australian social, cultural, political and economic context in which health services operate including those involved in the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

     

    Application information

    How to apply

    Apply to Deakin

    Completed application forms must be accompanied by certified copies of the following:

    • a letter from the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) or AHPRA, confirming your application (dated within one year);
    • evidence of English proficiency if required;
    • evidence of Australian permanent residency (where applicable);
    • evidence of employment, if any;
    • evidence of previous academic qualifications;
    • evidence of nurse registration.

    Note: applications received without the relevant documentation requested on the application form cannot be processed. Successful candidates will be notified as soon as is reasonably possible.

    Australian permanent residents direct applications to:

    Health - Student Experience Team
    Deakin University
    Phone: +61 3 9244 6333
    Email: health-set@deakin.edu.au

    International applicants direct applications to:

    International Admissions Coordinator
    Deakin International
    Deakin University
    Phone: +61 3 9627 4877
    Email: deakin-int-admissions@deakin.edu.au

    PDF H011 application form - 134 KB

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