Master of Nursing Practice

Course summary for current students

Award granted Master of Nursing Practice
Campus

This course is only offered in Cloud (online) mode^

Cloud (online)Yes
Duration1.5 years full time or up to 4 years part time
Deakin course codeH771

^Specialty practice courses Graduate Certificate/Diploma of Nursing Practice (Intensive Care, Cardiac Care – including Interventional Cardiology, Emergency Care, Critical Care, Perioperative) are offered in Cloud (online) mode with significant campus requirements at Burwood (Melbourne)

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Master of Nursing Practice aims to broaden and deepen your theoretical and practice knowledge and is predicated on the notion that registered nurses should practise in ways that extend beyond the technical and practical concerns of nursing to provide leadership, research-based practice and advanced decision making as part of the multidisciplinary health team. This course, therefore, provides research training as well as leadership and specialty expertise to prepare you for leadership roles, and the requirements to undertake research degrees (such as Masters and PhDs).

The flexible course structure has a strong focus on leadership, quality and risk management, and enables you to choose from several pathway options, thus providing you with the opportunity to tailor your studies to meet your career aspirations. Depending on your desired career direction, you can complete this course via one of the following pathways:

  • leadership and management
  • advanced clinical practice
  • specialty practice (intensive care, cardiac care (including interventional cardiac nursing), emergency care, critical care or perioperative nursing - some areas not available to international students )

If you wish to undertake postgraduate studies in intensive care, cardiac care, emergency care, critical care or perioperative nursing, you will complete the Specialty Practice pathway; and following completion of your specialty practice units, can continue your studies to complete the Master of Nursing Practice if desired. Alternatively, you may wish to exit the Masters program early and only complete a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in your specialty practice area of interest, and either of these options are available to you.

Career opportunities

Deakin’s postgraduate courses have been developed in collaboration with our industry partners, making the teaching relevant to today’s industry needs. After successfully completing your chosen course you will have a qualification that is highly respected by industry and academia, and you will be qualified to gain employment within your chosen specialty in all states and territories of Australia, as well as overseas.

Health care reforms and workforce restructure in Australia, are clearly on the agenda of health policy makers to ensure the health workforce is appropriate for health care delivery in the 21st century. Increasingly it is evident to governments that registered nurses with advanced knowledge, complex decision making skills and clinical competencies for advanced practice can make a significant contribution to health care delivery and the sustainability of the Australian health system. Masters level preparation will further develop nurses’ skills to solve novel problems, think critically, autonomously exercise professional judgement and assume new roles which will enable them to contribute to the provision of safe, high quality, innovative and flexible health care delivery. Nurses with Masters level qualifications, working collaboratively in multidisciplinary teams, complement care provided by other health professionals, thereby promoting better patient outcomes.

Fees and charges

Unit fees can be viewed within individual unit descriptions. You can search for a unit using the Unit Search.

Please be aware:

  • Fees are calculated on a per unit basis
  • Fees charged will depend on the individual units undertaken
  • Fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and services

Course rules

The Master of Nursing Practice comprises 12 credit points of study, two of which are core: HNN727 Research in Nursing and Midwifery (2credit points). At least 6 of the 12 credit points must normally be level 7 nursing units from the list below. Up to 4 credit points may be selected from the elective units listed below or approved units from any postgraduate course at Deakin. Alternatively, students may undertake the 4-credit-point thesis (HNN725 and HNN726), which articulates with PhD studies.

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 (2 credit points) prior to enrolling in HNN725 Research Thesis A and HNN726 Research Thesis B.

Course structure

Leadership and Management

These units are tailored to prepare students with the capacities and capabilities required for an extended role in their clinical domain with a strong focus on leadership, quality and risk management.

Nursing units

Trimester 1

HNN714Ethical Dimensions of Nursing

HNN746Nursing, Cultural Diversity and Politics of Health Care

HNN749Patient Safety and Risk Management

Trimester 2

HNN715Leadership and Management in Nursing

HNN727Research in Nursing and Midwifery (2 credit points)

Minor thesis (4 credit points)

HNN725Research Thesis A

HNN726Research Thesis B

Elective units

Each unit is worth 1 credit point unless otherwise specified.

Offering is subject to demand and resources

Trimester 1

HMF701Agricultural Health and Medicine ~

HND732Diabetes in Social and Psychological Contexts

HNN730Advanced Diagnostic Reasoning

~ Note: HMF701 includes a 5 day intensive seminar held in February

Trimester 2

HND731Learning and Teaching for Health Professionals

HNN733Advanced Practice Development

Advanced Clinical Practice

This study option will provide students employed in non-specialty acute clinical practice areas (such as general medical/surgical nursing, orthopaedic, gastro-enterology, respiratory or neurology etc.) with the opportunity to extend their practice skills in the areas of advanced patient assessment, clinical decision making and diagnostic reasoning. This pathway will prepare students to meet complex and contemporary challenges in non-specialty practice areas.

Course structure


Nursing units

Trimester 1

HNN730Advanced Diagnostic Reasoning

HNN749Patient Safety and Risk Management

Trimester 2

HNN715Leadership and Management in Nursing

HNN727Research in Nursing and Midwifery

Elective units

Each unit is worth 1 credit point unless otherwise specified.

Offering is subject to demand and resources

Trimester 1

HNN714Ethical Dimensions of Nursing

HNN746Nursing, Cultural Diversity and Politics of Health Care

HNN780Quality and Safety in Medication Management

HND701The Pathophysiology of Diabetes

HND732Diabetes in Social and Psychological Contexts

HNN730Advanced Diagnostic Reasoning

Trimester 2

HNN732Advanced Clinical Decision Making

HNN733Advanced Practice Development

HNN781Therapeutic Medication Management

HND702Management of Diabetes

HND731Learning and Teaching for Health Professionals

Thesis units

HNN725Research Thesis A (2 credit points)

HNN726Research Thesis B (2 credit points)

Specialty Practice Critical Care Units

Applicants wishing to undertake the intensive care, cardiac care or emergency care specialty streams must also independently apply for and seek permanent employment with a collaborating hospital within their specialty area. Offers to undertake these specialty streams will not be issued until written confirmation of this support by a collaborating hospital has been received by Deakin University.

Students must be employed on a permanent basis undertaking at least 24 hours clinical practice per week in their specialty area.

Specialty units (core)

Trimester 1

HNN751Advanced Physiology and Patient Assessment (not available to international students)

HNN752Core Principles of Care for the Critically Ill Patient (not available to international students)

HNN750Inquiry Into Critical Care Nursing Practice (required if taking alternative exit at Graduate Diploma level - not available to international students)

Trimester 2

HNN765Cardiac Care Nursing 1 * (not available to international students)

HNN775Cardiac Care Nursing 2 * (not available to international students)

HNN767Critical Care Nursing 1 ** (not available to international students)

HNN777Critical Care Nursing 2 ** (not available to international students)

HNN766Emergency Care Nursing 1 + (not available to international students)

HNN776Emergency Care Nursing 2 + (not available to international students)

HNN764Intensive Care Nursing 1 # (not available to international students)

HNN774Intensive Care Nursing 2 # (not available to international students)

HNN788Advanced Concepts in Specialty Practice (required if taking alternative exit at Graduate Diploma level - not available to international students)

Master units (core)

HNN727Research in Nursing and Midwifery (2 credit points)***

Master elective units - maximum 6

Trimester 1

HNN714Ethical Dimensions of Nursing

HNN730Advanced Diagnostic Reasoning

HNN746Nursing, Cultural Diversity and Politics of Health Care

HNN749Patient Safety and Risk Management

HNN780Quality and Safety in Medication Management

HND701The Pathophysiology of Diabetes

HND732Diabetes in Social and Psychological Contexts

Trimester 2

HNN715Leadership and Management in Nursing

HNN732Advanced Clinical Decision Making

HNN733Advanced Practice Development

HNN781Therapeutic Medication Management

HND702Management of Diabetes

HND731Learning and Teaching for Health Professionals

Thesis units

HNN725Research Thesis A (2 credit points)

HNN726Research Thesis B (2 credit points)

* Core specialty units for Cardiac Care specialty

** Core specialty units for Critical Care specialty

+ Core specialty units for Emergency Care specialty

# Core specialty units for Intensive Care specialty

*** Core unit for Master of Nursing Practice (by minor thesis or coursework). This core unit must be undertaken by students who intend to graduate with a Master of Nursing Practice (by minor thesis or coursework)

Specialty Practice Perioperative Units

Applicants wishing to undertake the perioperative specialty stream must also independently apply for and seek permanent employment with a collaborating hospital within their specialty area. Offers to undertake these specialty streams will not be issued until written confirmation of this support by a collaborating hospital has been received by Deakin University.

Students must be employed on a permanent basis undertaking at least 24 hours clinical practice per week in their specialty area.

Specialty units (core)

Trimester 1

HNN755Principles of Anaesthesia and Post Anaesthesia Nursing Care 1 (not available to international students)

HNN740Principles of Intraoperative Nursing Care 1 (not available to international students)

HNN741Nursing Inquiry for Specialist Practice (required if taking alterative exit at Graduate Diploma level - not available to international students)

Trimester 2

HNN742Principles of Anaesthesia and Post Anaesthesia Nursing Care 2 (not available to international students)

HNN743Principles of Intraoperative Nursing Care 2 (not available to international students)

HNN744Specialty Perioperative Practice 1 (not available to international students)

Master units (core)

HNN727Research in Nursing and Midwifery (2 credit points)***

Master elective units - maximum 6

Trimester 1

HNN714Ethical Dimensions of Nursing

HNN730Advanced Diagnostic Reasoning

HNN746Nursing, Cultural Diversity and Politics of Health Care

HNN749Patient Safety and Risk Management

HNN780Quality and Safety in Medication Management

HND701The Pathophysiology of Diabetes

HND732Diabetes in Social and Psychological Contexts

Trimester 2

HNN715Leadership and Management in Nursing

HNN732Advanced Clinical Decision Making

HNN733Advanced Practice Development

HNN745Speciality Perioperative Practice 2

HNN781Therapeutic Medication Management

HND702Management of Diabetes

HND731Learning and Teaching for Health Professionals

Thesis units

HNN725Research Thesis A (2 credit points)

HNN726Research Thesis B (2 credit points)

*** This unit must be undertaken by students who intend to enrol in the Thesis units

 

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