Graduate Diploma of Nursing Practice (Perioperative)

Course summary for current students

Year2018 course information
Award granted Graduate Diploma of Nursing Practice (Perioperative)

Offered Cloud (online) with significant campus mode requirements at Burwood (Melbourne) or live via videoconference for distance students

Duration1 year full time or part time equivalent
Deakin course codeH672
Approval statusThis course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognitionThe award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

This course is an exit point from H771 Master of Nursing Practice

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Graduate Diploma course is designed to prepare nurses to meet the complex challenges within the speciality practice area of perioperative nursing and to progressively build upon knowledge and skills to explore the specific roles within perioperative nursing practice. The course responds to the demands of industry and partnership/collaborating hospitals for nurses with sophisticated perioperative specialty skills and knowledge. The course continues knowledge development in specialty streams of intraoperative perioperative nursing and anaesthetic/post anaesthetic perioperative nursing.

The use of both campus based and Cloud (online) learning offers convenient, personalised and engaging learning experiences using the latest digital technologies. You will enjoy a rich, interactive, personal and empowering learning experience designed for postgraduate nurses.

A compulsory introductory five day program at Burwood (Melbourne) is normally held in the second week of February.

On completion of the Graduate Diploma course, students wishing to continue studies must enrol in H771 Master of Nursing Practice. Credit will be granted for units completed in the Graduate Diploma of Nursing Practice (Perioperative).

Students wishing to complete the Master of Nursing Practice by research and undertake the 4 credit point minor thesis must have completed HNN727 Research in Nursing and Midwifery, and must achieve a Distinction or above for 75% of the units undertaken in the Graduate Diploma of Nursing Practice specialty course.

Indicative student 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 or live via videoconference for distance students - refer to individual unit details in the course structure for more information.

Clinical Practice

Students normally are employed within a collaborating hospital for a minimum of 24 hours per week 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 charges

Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit the Current students fees website.

Course Learning Outcomes

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.


Demonstrate advanced 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 perioperative patients.

Digital Literacy

Use appropriate technologies to locate authoritative discipline-specific information and justify the selection of this information; and demonstrate 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

Identify, synthesise, analyse and critically evaluate complex data from patient and technologically-derived sources to inform decision making that delivers safe, high quality perioperative nursing care in order to promote optimal patient outcomes.

Problem Solving

Effectively apply advanced specialised nursing knowledge and skills to routine, complex and ill-structured problems in perioperative settings to achieve optimal patient outcomes.


Demonstrate a high level of personal autonomy, leadership, clinical judgement, professionalism, responsibility, accountability, and reflection as a specialist perioperative nurse.


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

Global Citizenship

Display behaviours, accountability and advanced professional judgement that upholds ethical and legal principles of practice within diverse social, cultural and environmental contexts.


Course rules

The Graduate Diploma course comprises eight credit points of study. Students undertake six specialty units of study (six credit points) and two elective units (two credit points).

Both the theoretical and clinical components of the assessment for each unit must be passed in order to successfully gain an overall pass in this course. Compulsory clinical hurdles form part of the assessment of this course. Recognition of the importance of clinical assessments is calculated in the overall student workload.

Note: Failure of a compulsory practicum in a unit will normally lead to exclusion.

Course structure

Level 1

Trimester 1

HNN755Core Principles of Perianaesthesia Nursing Care *

HNN740Core Principles of Intraoperative Nursing Care *

HNN750Inquiry Into Specialty Nursing Practice *

Plus one elective unit

Trimester 2

HNN742Principles of Complex Perianaesthesia Nursing Care *

HNN743Principles of Complex Intraoperative Nursing Care *

HNN788Advanced Concepts in Specialty Nursing Practice *

plus one elective unit

* Domestic students enrol as Cloud (online) students, however there are significant campus requirements. Most classes are conducted in campus mode at Burwood (Melbourne) and are video-conferenced live to other venues.