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Graduate Diploma of Perioperative Nursing

Postgraduate coursework

Study Deakin's Graduate Diploma of Perioperative Nursing to build on your existing clinical skills and play a lead role in your patients' surgical journey.

Key facts

Duration

Note: this course is only available part-time

Locations

Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Semester 1 2023 close Tuesday 10 January 2023

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course overview

Every year, 2.8 million hospitalisations in Australia result in surgical interventions.* Integral to these interventions are the perioperative nurses providing care and support in pre-operative, intraoperative and post-operative environments. The advanced specialist skills required for this pivotal role in a multidisciplinary perioperative team are in high demand, in one of the strongest growth areas of the health sector.^ Deakin’s Graduate Diploma of Perioperative Nursing prepares you to meet that demand.

Ranked 20th in the world,# our School of Nursing and Midwifery is one of Australia’s largest and most established. You will be learning from the best with the School’s cutting-edge research recognised as well above world standard#. Our strong industry connections mean you will be guided by experts in critical care and perioperative nursing as you explore the current and emerging trends, concepts, knowledge and evidence that provides the policy and practice framework in which perioperative nursing takes place.

Are you ready to play a pivotal role in a multidisciplinary perioperative team?

If you want to take the next step in your nursing career, our Graduate Diploma of Perioperative Nursing prepares you to practise effectively at an advanced practice level. As a graduate you will demonstrate ethical, safe, high-quality and expert clinical decision-making abilities within a multidisciplinary team, and psychomotor skills commensurate with specialised theoretical knowledge, evidence-based practice and person-centred care.

Deakin’s strong industry connections ensure a high level of collaboration and support during your clinical practice. This means that while you study you can immerse yourself in your speciality nursing practice area with one of our numerous metropolitan, rural and regional health partners across Australia.

This course enables you to:

  • critically assess and manage elective and emergency patients undergoing complex and specialty surgical procedures, including anaesthetic management
  • develop an advanced understanding of pharmacological therapies including anaesthetic agents, adjunct therapies and pain management therapies
  • perform patient assessment and monitoring of neurological, cardiovascular, respiratory and haemodynamic states
  • manage complex and special populations to identify risk and inform decisions that deliver safe, high-quality nursing care to promote optimal patient outcomes
  • play a pivotal role in the multidisciplinary team management of surgical and/or procedural patients across: infection prevention, surgical safety and environmental planning and preparation; surgical wound closure and management; and medico-legal requirements
  • demonstrate skills in advanced monitoring and postoperative anaesthesia care following complex and specialty surgery
  • apply the core principles of perioperative practice across a range of surgical specialities
  • develop greater decision-making autonomy, critical thinking and leadership skills, advanced clinical judgement, and professional behaviours required for safe patient care, effective teamwork, and career advancement.

Second year elective units allow you to pursue specific areas of interest aligned to your career goals. You can choose from complementary areas of health practice, or undertake studies preparing you for roles in education, leadership or management. You will also have the opportunity to select a unit from anywhere across the university, further expanding your skill set.

Our innovative online program delivers a rich, interactive and empowering learning experience that is designed for postgraduate nursing students. Live-streaming seminars and class discussions encourage critical thinking, problem-solving and teamwork skills. Australia’s top-rated tech support and access to our expert teaching staff means you can learn at your own pace, when and where it suits you, without compromising quality or support.

With job growth of 13.9% projected for registered nurses and 23.1% for nurse managers by 2026,^ there is an industry demand for nurses with sophisticated specialty skills. Perioperative nurses are in strong demand as they are an integral part of the multidisciplinary teams that support patients through their surgical experience.

*Australia’s hospitals at a glance 2022 – Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) Australian Government (2022).
^2021 Employment Outlook – for the five years to November 2026, Australian Government National Skills Commission.
#2022 ShanghaiRankings Ranking of Academic Subjects.
**Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 2018.

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Course information

Award granted
Graduate Diploma of Perioperative Nursing
Year

2023 course information

Deakin code
H672
Level
Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
Approval status

This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.

Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

Course structure

To complete the Graduate Diploma of Perioperative Nursing, students must attain 8 credit points, comprising of 6 core (compulsory) units and 1 unit of course electives and 1 postgraduate elective from anywhere across the University.

The core perioperative nursing specialisation units are completed in year 1 of the course and are semester-based delivery.

All commencing Faculty of Health course work students are required to complete HAI010 Academic Integrity in their first trimester of study (0 credit point compulsory unit).

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 clinical component in a unit will normally lead to exclusion.

Core units

Semester 1 Year 1

  • Academic Integrity (0 credit points)
  • Core Principles of Perianaesthesia Nursing Care *
  • Core Principles of Intraoperative Nursing Care *
  • Semester 2

  • Principles of Complex Perianaesthesia Nursing Care *
  • Principles of Complex Intraoperative Nursing Care *
  • Trimester 1 Year 2

  • Inquiry Into Specialty Nursing Practice
  • Plus 1 credit point of course elective

    Trimester 2

  • Advanced Concepts in Specialty Nursing Practice
  • Plus 1 credit point of postgraduate electives from anywhere across the University

    * Speciality units are delivered on a semester basis in the first year of study

    Course Electives

  • Pathophysiology of Diabetes
  • Management of Diabetes
  • Learning and Teaching for Health Professionals
  • Diabetes in Social and Psychological Contexts
  • Ethical Dimensions in Nursing
  • Leadership and Management in Nursing
  • Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning
  • Patient Safety and Risk Management
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples' History, Culture and Health
  • Facilitating Clinical Learning
  • Healthcare in Low Resource/Complex Environments
  • Healthcare Management of Vulnerable Populations
  • Quality and Safety in Medication Management
  • Therapeutic Medication Management
  • Research in Nursing and Midwifery
  • Intakes by location

    This course commences in Semester 1 only. It is available across all nominated locations.

    Semester 1 - February

    • Start date: February
    • Available at:
      • Online

    Additional course information

    To undertake this course you must independently secure employment of at least 24 hours per week in a perioperative setting within a collaborating hospital in Australia.

    Course duration - additional information

    Course duration may be affected by delays in accessing or undertaking clinical requirements.

    Workload

    As an online student in the Faculty of Health you will be expected to spend 11-13 hours every week studying, interacting online and completing assessment tasks for each unit in your course. Refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    • Bachelor of Nursing or equivalent, and
    • Registration as a registered nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia with no conditions and restrictions and
    • Applicants must provide evidence of employment in Australia working in a relevant specialist area with appropriate clinical supervision for the duration of the course. 

    As the Specialisation 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. 

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

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Please note: meeting minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into this program is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.

    Recognition of prior learning

    If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for Recognition of Prior Learning. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your Recognition of Prior Learning.

    You can also refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    $25,200 for 1 yr full-time - Full-fee paying place
    Learn more about fees and your options for paying.

    The available fee places for this course are detailed above. Not all courses at Deakin have Commonwealth supported places available. Limited Commonwealth supported places (CSP) are offered and are available until the allocation is exhausted.

    The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing this course within the same year. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Recognition of Prior Learning.

    One year full-time study load is typically represented by eight credit points of study. Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together eight credit points of a typical combination of units for your course.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.

    Search or browse through our scholarships

    Postgraduate bursary

    If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 10% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees.

    Learn more about the 10% Deakin alumni discount

    Apply now

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Direct applications for Semester 1, 2023 open Monday 31 October 2022.  Head to the Deakin Application Portal, create an account and log in to apply.

    Not sure where to start? Find out how to apply. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For more information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage. If you're still having problems, please contact us for assistance.

    Entry pathways

    Upon successful completion of the Graduate Diploma of Perioperative Nursing, students have the option to further their studies by articulating into the below course:

    H771 Master of Advanced Clinical Nursing

    Alternative exits

    Careers

    Want a degree that’s more than just a qualification? Our industry connections, world-class facilities and practical approach to learning are just some of the reasons why Deakin students graduate confident and ready to thrive in the jobs of tomorrow.

    Get the skills to lead patient care and develop healthcare policy

    Our School of Nursing and Midwifery is ranked 20th in the world*

    Be in demand: 23.1% projected job growth for nurse managers by 2026^

    Learn from the best – our research is ranked well above world standard#

    Career outcomes

    With job growth of 13.9% projected for registered nurses and 23.1% for nurse managers by 2026,^ there is an industry demand for nurses with sophisticated specialty skills, particularly in regional and rural areas. Deakin’s Graduate Diploma of Perioperative Nursing will allow you to meet that demand in a variety of roles across advanced practice, leadership and management, including: 

    • anaesthetic nurse 
    • circulating nurse 
    • instrument nurse 
    • nurse educator 
    • perioperative nursing management positions 
    • post anaesthesia care unit (PACU) nurse 
    • pre-admission and day surgery nurses. 

    ^2021 Employment Outlook – for the five years to November 2026, Australian Government National Skills Commission. 

    Professional recognition

    Nurses employed under the Victorian public hospital award receive a higher duties allowance for postgraduate qualifications relevant to their practice. 

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

    Demonstrate advanced clinical practice commensurate with perioperative nursing theoretical knowledge, evidence-based practice and person-centred care

    Communication

    Demonstrate advanced communication skills to ensure the delivery of high quality, safe nursing care to patients in the perioperative care setting.

    Digital literacy

    Evaluate information using digital technologies to effectively disseminate relevant perioperative care information to patients and/or the multidisciplinary team.

    Critical thinking

    Identify, analyse and evaluate complex data from multiple sources to inform clinical decision making in the perioperative care setting.

    Problem solving

    Apply advanced nursing knowledge to complex problems in the perioperative care setting to optimise patient outcomes.

    Self-management

    Demonstrate professionalism, accountability, reflection, and personal autonomy as a perioperative nurse.

    Teamwork

    Establish and maintain inclusive, collaborative professional relationships with all members of the multidisciplinary team.

    Global citizenship

    Demonstrate accountability for, and sound professional judgement in behaviours that uphold ethical principles of practice within diverse social, cultural, and environmental contexts.

    * 2022 ShanghaiRankings Ranking of Academic Subjects
    ^ 2021 Employment Outlook - for the five years to November 2026, Australian Government National Skills Commission
    # Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 2018