Emergency care nursing

Emergency nurses provide care for patients with trauma, illness and injury. Study at Deakin and you’ll be prepared for advanced practice caring for patients who present to hospital emergency departments.

Deakin's nursing courses: ranked in the top 25 universities in the world*

Online learning: our Master of Nursing Practice is delivered online

Career opportunities

This course gives you the specialty skills, knowledge and attributes to work in a rural, regional or major metropolitan emergency department.

*2017 QS World University Rankings


Postgraduate (further study)

A postgraduate qualification can be undertaken by students who have already completed an undergraduate degree or possess significant, demonstrable work experience. Postgraduate courses include graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, master’s and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.

The students in the course come from a variety of critical care areas; this has been extremely beneficial for our learning, as we all bring different clinical experiences and backgrounds to the classroom.

Carissa Trotter

Graduate Diploma of Nursing Practice (Emergency Care)

Advance your career

Our teaching approach ensures you develop skills in critical thinking, high-quality patient care delivery, teamwork, communication and triaging – all attributes highly valued in emergency departments.

Choosing the right course

If you're interested in a career in this discipline, Deakin can help you get there.

Are you new to this area of study?

If you haven't previously worked or studied in this area, you'll need to complete an undergraduate course in nursing before moving on to our specialised postgraduate program. 

Browse the undergraduate offerings in some of our other nursing disciplines. 

Are you working or studying in this area?

Deakin’s range of postgraduate nursing specialty practice areas includes cardiac care, intensive care, emergency care, critical care and perioperative nursing and can be undertaken through the Master of Nursing Practice.

Research with us

We have a strong research culture and extensive partnerships with major healthcare providers. Our School of Nursing and Midwifery also hosts the Centre for Quality and Patient Safety Research (QPS), whose research activities contribute strongly to the government’s health reform agenda.


Recent research

Emergency nurses perceptions of family presence during resuscitation

Megan Youngson 
Master of Nursing practice

Recent publication

Development, reliability and validity of a tool, to measure emergency department clinicians' attitudes towards family presence (FP) during acute deterioration in adult patients.

Megan Youngson, Prof. Julie Considine, Prof. Judy Currey (2015)
Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal 
Vol. 18, pp. 106–114, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

Who we work with

The school works in partnership with many Australian metropolitan, rural and regional hospitals to deliver the Master of Nursing Practice. 

Students undertaking our postgraduate courses are normally employed by a hospital partner and work a minimum of 24 hours a week for the duration of the course while undertaking the theoretical learning at Deakin.

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