Bachelor of Nursing

Course summary for current students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Nursing
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Warrnambool
Cloud CampusNo
Duration3 years full time
CRICOS course code018327G
Deakin course codeH326

Course sub-headings

Course overview

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.

Professional recognition

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.

 

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

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 www.deakin.edu.au/fees.

Course rules

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.

Core units

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

HNN120Quality and Safety in Health Care

HBS109Human Structure and Function

HBS107Understanding Health

HNN112Quality and Safety: Nursing Practice 1

Level 1 - Trimester 2

HNN108Understanding Research Evidence

HNN114Health Assessment

HNN122Quality and Safety: Nursing Practice 2

Level 2 - Trimester 1 or Trimester 2

HNN222Mental Health and Illness (Not offered Trimester 1 at Warrnambool)

HNN217Community 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

HNN227Quality and Safety: Nursing Practice 3 (Not offered Trimester 2 at Warrnambool)

HNN215Quality 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

HNN318The Older Person and Supportive Care

HNN319Chronic Illness and Supportive Care

HNN320Leadership and Clinical Governance

plus one elective unit

Level 3 - Trimester 2

HNN300Child and Adolescent Health

HNN301Mental Health Promotion

HNN325Comprehensive Nursing Practice

Elective units

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:

HNN216International Nursing Study Tour

HNN207Maternity Nursing: Pregnancy, Birth and the Newborn

HNN313Perioperative Nursing

HNN348Rural and Remote Area Nursing

Inter Professional Education (IPE) elective unit:

HBS345Collaborative Practice in Healthcare

Work experience

Clinical practice

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.