Bachelor of Nursing
Course summary for current students
|Year||2017 course information|
|Award granted||Bachelor of Nursing|
|Campus||Offered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Warrnambool|
|Duration||3 years full time|
|CRICOS course code||018327G|
|Deakin course code||H326|
|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 7.|
- Course overview
- Indicative student workload
- Professional recognition
- Fees and charges
- Course Learning Outcomes
- Course rules
- Course structure
- Work experience
Enrol in Deakin’s Bachelor of Nursing to gain the knowledge, skills and ethical understanding you need to become a competent, caring and successful nurse clinician. This course will prepare you to provide high-quality, patient-centered care in a range of settings.
The School of Nursing and Midwifery at Deakin is one of the largest in Australia, and is committed to providing excellence in its courses through an emphasis on current trends and evidence-based practice in nursing. You will benefit from the cutting-edge facilities and equipment our purpose-built Clinical Simulation Centre offers.
Early in your first year you will undertake clinical placement and during the remainder of the course have the opportunity to develop clinical skills and knowledge across a range of health care environments in a variety of clinical practice locations. Under the supervision of registered nurses, you will be part of multidisciplinary health care teams in acute/sub-acute care, medical and surgical care, aged care, rehabilitation, paediatrics, community nursing and mental health nursing.
Our graduates continue to enjoy roles across both the government and private sectors. Nursing is a career rich with opportunity. As a Deakin nursing graduate you will be highly sought-after for your nursing knowledge, communication skills, professionalism, enthusiasm, problem-solving capabilities and your ability to provide high-quality, person-centred and evidence-based care focused towards improving patient outcomes. You will be well prepared to pursue a career as a registered nurse in a range of government and private sectors including hospitals, homes, hospices, aged care settings, clinics, schools, universities and community health centres.
Indicative student workload
As a student in the Faculty of Health you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.
On successful completion of the course you 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.
Note: This course is currently accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council and is an NMBA approved course at the date of publishing.
Department of Human Services policy and Working with Children Check
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 Working with Children Act 2005**, all students are required to undertake a Working with Children Check at commencement of the 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.
* Department of Human Services Policy on Working with Children Check and Police Records Checks can be found at: http://www.dhs.vic.gov.au/about-the-department/our-organisation/careers/applying-for-a-job/application-process/step-4-safety-screening-checks
** Department of Justice 2007, Working with Children Act 2005, Victoria, Australia retrieved April 2012.
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
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
Practise comprehensive, safe and evidenced-based nursing care by applying nursing knowledge to make thorough and systematic nursing assessments, identify patient problems and clinical risk and develop plan of care in consultation with individuals/groups, significant others and the multidisciplinary health care team.
Accurately evaluate patient response to care.
Use clear and appropriate language to establish, maintain and appropriately conclude therapeutic relationships when interacting with patients, families, and health care team members to ensure information is understood and necessary actions are taken.
Demonstrate clear and accurate documentation in relation to patient management.
Use technologies to locate, select, and disseminate information to patients, significant others, and members of the health care team.
Use technologies to deliver safe and quality patient care.
Analyse and interpret patient assessments and make critical judgements about approaches to care, within an evidence-based framework that reflects an understanding of the dignity, religion, culture, values, beliefs and rights of patients and their significant others.
Evaluate and reflect on practice in a range of contexts.
Apply knowledge to make thorough and systematic nursing assessments, identify patient problems and clinical risk and develop plan of care in consultation with individuals/groups, significant others and the multidisciplinary health care team.
Respond effectively to rapidly changing situations in patient care to create best practice solutions using discipline knowledge, evidence, professional, social, legal and ethical considerations.
Exhibit expected professional behaviours in practice responsibly within the framework of a health care team structure and maintain a personal knowledge base through critical reflection and lifelong learning practices.
Reflect on self and practice contexts to identify personal learning needs and is self-directed to seek additional knowledge and/or information when required.
Collaborate effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary health care team and recognise the roles and functions of other members in providing comprehensive care to meet optimal health outcomes.
Practise within the recognised scope of practice for a beginning registered nurse.
Apply nursing knowledge to provide professional and ethical care in diverse contexts in accordance with social, cultural and environmental considerations, and in accordance with legal and ethical requirements.
To complete the Bachelor of Nursing students must attain 24 credit points. Units (think of units as 'subjects') may be worth 1 or 2 credit points - click on each unit to check its credit point value in the course structure below. Students choose to study 4 credit points per trimester and usually undertake two trimesters each year.
The course comprises a total of 24 credit points which must include:
- 21 core credit points (these are compulsory)
- 3 elective units (you can choose which ones to study) worth 3 credit points
- At least one of the electives must be taken at level 2 or 3.
There is an expectation that you are available to undertake clinical placements outside of trimester dates. All expenses associated with clinical placements are your responsibility.
Course structure applies for students who commenced in 2015 onwards. Students who commenced prior to 2015 must discuss their course structure with the campus enrolment officer.
Level 1 - Trimester 1
|HNN120||Quality and Safety in Health Care|
|HBS109||Human Structure and Function|
|HNN112||Quality and Safety: Nursing Practice 1|
Level 1 - Trimester 2
|HNN108||Understanding Research Evidence|
|HNN122||Quality and Safety: Nursing Practice 2|
Level 2 - Trimester 1 or Trimester 2
|HNN222||Mental Health and Illness (Not offered Trimester 1 at Warrnambool)|
|HNN217||Community Nursing Practice (Not offered Trimester 1 at Warrnambool)|
plus one elective unit
Students must complete HNN217 and HNN222 in the same trimester
Level 2 - Trimester 2 or Trimester 1
|HNN227||Quality and Safety: Nursing Practice 3 (Not offered Trimester 2 at Warrnambool)|
|HNN215||Quality Use of Medicines (Not offered Trimester 2 at Warrnambool)|
plus one elective unit
Students must complete HNN215 and HNN227 in the same trimester
Level 3 - Trimester 1
|HNN318||The Older Person and Supportive Care|
|HNN319||Chronic Illness and Supportive Care|
|HNN320||Leadership and Clinical Governance|
plus one elective unit
Level 3 - Trimester 2
|HNN300||Child and Adolescent Health|
|HNN301||Mental Health Promotion|
|HNN325||Comprehensive Nursing Practice|
Students must select units in consultation with the course enrolment officer. Students may take electives from any School of the University provided that prerequisites are met. At least one of the three electives must be taken at level two or three. Particular electives that may be of special interest to nursing students include:
International study tour elective unit:
|HNN216||International Nursing Study Tour|
|HNN207||Maternity Nursing: Pregnancy, Birth and the Newborn|
|HNN348||Rural and Remote Area Nursing|
Inter Professional Education (IPE) elective unit:
|HBS345||Collaborative Practice in Healthcare|
Clinical placements are conducted throughout your course beginning in Trimester 1 of your first year. This early exposure to the clinical environment gives you extensive opportunities to develop clinical skills under the supervision of registered nurses and enables you to experience being part of a multidisciplinary health care team. You will gain clinical experience in a variety of settings including acute/sub-acute care, medical and surgical care, aged care, rehabilitation, community nursing and mental health nursing. These may be undertaken in hospitals and community health care centres in metropolitan, rural and regional areas.