Master of Nursing Practice

Course summary for local students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Master of Nursing Practice
Campus
  • Cloud (online) mode^
Cloud CampusYes
Length1.5 years full time or up to 4 years part time
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1)

July (Trimester 2)

Tuition fee rateAvailable fee rates can be found at www.deakin.edu.au/fees
Faculty contacts

Health - Student and Academic Services
Tel 03 9251 7777
health-enquire@deakin.edu.au

OR

School of Nursing and Midwifery Postgraduate Enrolments Team

LevelHigher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
Deakin course code H771

^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)

FEES: Course fees are unit based; those students who study part-time or who exit early after completion of the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma will incur costs only for the units undertaken.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Master of Nursing Practice aims to broaden and deepen theoretical and practice knowledge of registered nurses who work in a variety of specialty health care settings (such as Intensive Care, Cardiac Care, Emergency Care, Critical Care, and Perioperative nursing) or those desiring a career in nursing management, governance or leadership. Specialisation is taken at a certificate or diploma level. Students wishing to complete a Master of Nursing Practice will choose either the Master of Nursing Practice (Minor Thesis) or Master of Nursing Practice (Coursework) pathway.

The Master of Nursing Practice aims to prepare graduates to practise effectively at an advanced practice level. Graduates will demonstrate ethical, safe, high quality, expert clinical decision making within an interdisciplinary team, and psychomotor skills commensurate with specialised theoretical knowledge, evidence-based practice and person or client-centred care. The course provides research training, as well as leadership and specialty expertise, to equip graduates for management, governance, education and leadership roles, and the requirements to undertake higher degrees by research such as a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

The course is predicated on the notion that registered nurses should practise in ways that extend beyond the technical and practical concerns of nursing and 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 equip students for leadership roles, and the requirements to undertake higher degrees by research. The course has been designed with a flexible structure that allows students to choose from several sequences of study and /or from a range of units that support their career aspirations.

Studies can be undertaken in a variety of general acute care wards, educational, managerial, community and specialty critical care settings. The latter includes Intensive Care Units, Cardiac Catheter Laboratories, Cardiac Care Units, Emergency Departments, Critical Care Units, Operating Suites and Post Anaesthetic Care Units. Registered nurses delivering care to patients or clients in any setting will have the opportunity to extend their practice skills in the areas of advanced patient assessment skills, clinical decision making and diagnostic reasoning.

 

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.

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.

Course rules

To complete the Master of Nursing Practice students must attain 12 credit points, chosen from a suite of units. HNN727 Research in Nursing and Midwifery, a 2 credit point unit, is core.

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 Minor Thesis must complete HNN727 Research in Nursing and Midwifery (2 credit points) prior to enrolling in HNN725 Research Thesis A and HNN726 Research Thesis B.

The Master of Nursing Practice is a 12 credit point course that can be undertaken over 1½ years full time or 4 years part-time. Students wishing to seek employment in the specialty practice areas must undertake core specialty units and may exit either at the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma level.

Students wishing to continue to Master Level will choose either the Master of Nursing Practice (Minor Thesis) or Master of Nursing Practice (Coursework) pathway.

Course structure

Specialty Practice Critical Care Units

Applicants wishing to undertake the intensive care, cardiac care or emergency care or critical care specialty courses at Certificate or Diploma level in the Master of Nursing Practice must also independently apply for and seek permanent employment with a collaborating hospital within their specialty area. Offers to undertake these specialisations 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 Specialty 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 Nursing 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 coursework units - maximum 6

Each unit is worth 1 credit point unless otherwise specified. Offering is subject to demand and resources

Trimester 1

HNN714Ethical Dimensions of Nursing

HNN730Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning

HNN746Nursing, Cultural Diversity and Politics of Health Care

HNN749Patient Safety and Risk Management

HNN781Therapeutic Medication Management

HND701Pathophysiology of Diabetes

HND732Diabetes in Social and Psychological Contexts

Trimester 2

HNN704Clinical Leadership and Collaborative Practice (incompatible with HNN715)

HNN715Leadership and Management in Nursing (incompatible with HNN704)

HNN732Clinical Research Methods (incompatible with HNN727)

HNN733Clinical Excellence in Nurse Practitioner Practice

HNN780Quality and Safety in Medication Management

HND702Management of Diabetes

HND731Learning and Teaching for Health Professionals (includes 3 day intensive workshop held in T1/T2 inter-trimester break)

HNN773Nursing and Midwifery Management of Vulnerable Populations in LRCE

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

HNN755Core Principles of Perianaesthesia Nursing Care (not available to international students)

HNN740Core Principles of Intraoperative Nursing Care (not available to international students)

Trimester 2

HNN742Principles of Complex Perianaesthesia Nursing Care (not available to international students)

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

Master units (core)

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

Master elective units - maximum 6

Each unit is worth 1 credit point unless otherwise specified. Offering is subject to demand and resources.

Trimester 1

HNN714Ethical Dimensions of Nursing

HNN730Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning

HNN746Nursing, Cultural Diversity and Politics of Health Care

HNN749Patient Safety and Risk Management

HNN781Therapeutic Medication Management

HND701Pathophysiology of Diabetes

HND732Diabetes in Social and Psychological Contexts

Trimester 2

HNN704Clinical Leadership and Collaborative Practice (incompatible with HNN715)

HNN715Leadership and Management in Nursing (incompatible with HNN704)

HNN732Clinical Research Methods (incompatible with HNN727)

HNN733Clinical Excellence in Nurse Practitioner Practice

HNN780Quality and Safety in Medication Management

HND702Management of Diabetes

HND731Learning and Teaching for Health Professionals (includes 3 day intensive workshop held in T1/T2 inter-trimester break)

HNN773Nursing and Midwifery Management of Vulnerable Populations in LRCE

Thesis units

HNN725Research Thesis A (2 credit points)

HNN726Research Thesis B (2 credit points)

Master of Nursing Practice without specialisation

Master units (core)

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

Master elective units - maximum 10

Each unit is worth 1 credit point unless otherwise specified. Offering is subject to demand and resources

Trimester 1

HNN714Ethical Dimensions of Nursing

HNN730Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning

HNN746Nursing, Cultural Diversity and Politics of Health Care

HNN749Patient Safety and Risk Management

HNN781Therapeutic Medication Management

HND701Pathophysiology of Diabetes

HND732Diabetes in Social and Psychological Contexts

Trimester 2

HNN704Clinical Leadership and Collaborative Practice (incompatible with HNN715)

HNN715Leadership and Management in Nursing (incompatible with HNN704)

HNN732Clinical Research Methods (incompatible with HNN727)

HNN733Clinical Excellence in Nurse Practitioner Practice

HNN780Quality and Safety in Medication Management

HND702Management of Diabetes

HND731Learning and Teaching for Health Professionals (includes 3 day intensive workshop held in T1/T2 inter-trimester break)

HNN773Nursing and Midwifery Management of Vulnerable Populations in LRCE

*** 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)

Entry requirements - general

Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.

For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.

Applicants should normally possess a Bachelor of Nursing or equivalent and must be nurses registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, with a minimum of 12 months recent clinical experience.

Selection criteria

As the Specialty pathways courses are offered collaboratively between the University and a range of partnership/ collaborating hospitals, student selection into the course is a joint process. Students must independently apply for and seek permanent employment within a collaborating hospital 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.

Credit for prior learning - general

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

Students holding an approved specialist certificate from the former Nurses Board of Victoria may apply for up to four credit points of credit for prior learning towards the Masters.

How to apply

Trimester 1 – start studying in March 2017

Applications for this course can be made directly through our Applicant Portal.

For more information on the application process, visit our Apply webpage. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.


Fees - CSPs: More information

CSPs are limited and are dependent on Government funding received by the University. Therefore a CSP is not guaranteed to all domestic students. It is usually given based on prior academic merit.

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