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|Award granted||Graduate Diploma of Nursing Practice (Critical Care)|
|Campus||Offered off campus with significant on campus requirements through the Melbourne Burwood Campus|
|Duration||1 year full-time or part-time equivalent|
|Deakin course code||H667|
From 2012 offered to continuing students only. Students who wish to undertake this specialty course from 2012 should refer to the Master of Nursing Practice (H771) for more information.
The Graduate Diploma course is designed to prepare nurses to meet contemporary challenges in the specialist field of critical care nursing and to progressively build upon knowledge and skills required to comprehensively care for critically ill patients. The course responds to the demands of industry and partnership/collaborating hospitals for nurses with sophisticated specialty skills and knowledge. The course links Deakin University with existing partners and a number of other collaborating hospitals, all of which have a high demand for specialist critical care nurses.
The use of learning technologies such as CloudDeakin, teleconferencing, eLive, iLectures and iSpring mini movies will facilitate student engagement in a large proportion of the specialist units.
Team-Based Learning (TBL), a specific educational strategy that involves individual preparation, team discussions and immediate lecture feedback, is conducted at the Melbourne Burwood Campus. Team-Based Learning assists students to further develop their critical thinking, problem solving and teamwork skills by applying recently learnt knowledge to real clinical issues.
A compulsory introductory five-day program on the Melbourne Burwood Campus is normally held in the second week of February.
On completion of the Graduate Diploma course, students are eligible to continue studies towards the Master of Nursing Practice. The Master of Nursing Practice (by coursework) may be entered directly from a Graduate Diploma of Nursing Practice (Critical Care) [requires an additional 4 credit points of study].
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.
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.
Unit fees can be viewed within individual unit descriptions. You can search for a unit using the Unit Search.
Please be aware:
The Graduate Diploma course comprises eight credit points of study. These include six units of specialty study and two elective units of study. Of the six specialty units, four units are concurrently offered as the Graduate Certificate program. The two elective units of study may be selected from a comprehensive range of units currently offered in the School of Nursing and Midwifery.
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.
|HNN751||Advanced Physiology and Patient Assessment (X) *|
|HNN752||Core Principles of Care for the Critically Ill Patient (X) *|
|HNN750||Inquiry Into Critical Care Nursing Practice (X) *|
Plus one elective unit
|HNN767||Critical Care Nursing 1 (X) *|
|HNN777||Critical Care Nursing 2 (X) *|
|HNN788||Advanced Concepts in Specialty Practice (X) *|
Plus one elective unit
* Domestic students enrol as off campus students, however there are significant on campus requirements. Most lectures are conducted on campus at Melbourne Burwood Campus and are videoconferenced to other venues.