Graduate Diploma of Nursing Practice (Perioperative)

Course summary for current students

Year2017 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

From 2012 offered to continuing students only. Students who wish to undertake this specialty course should refer to the Master of Nursing Practice (H771) for more information.

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.

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

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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.