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Undergraduate inherent requirements

These inherent requirements apply to the following courses:

  • H326 Bachelor of Nursing
  • H329 Bachelor of Nursing (Clinical Leadership)
  • D355 Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery
  • D381 Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion
  • D387 Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Psychological Science

The School of Nursing and Midwifery strongly supports the rights of all people who wish to pursue a nursing or midwifery course to achieve their potential and career objectives. We're committed to making reasonable adjustments to teaching and learning, assessment, clinical practice and other activities to address the impact of students' disabilities so that they are able to participate in their course.

To support potential and current students’ decision making, we have developed a series of inherent requirement statements set out in this document. These statements specify essential duties and capabilities required of you when enrolled in an undergraduate nursing and midwifery course. You must be able to perform these inherent requirements in order to be admitted into and progress through your course.

Health care is one of the most important priorities for populations worldwide, and nurses and midwives play a pivotal role in delivering safe and effective health care. Our undergraduate courses prepare you for practice within a range of health care settings and equip you with evidence‐based knowledge and skills to adequately care for patients with a variety of complex illnesses.

The Bachelor of Nursing and combined courses are accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council and fulfil the registration requirements for Registered Nurse of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (and Registered Midwife, if the Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery is completed). It is a requirement of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) that all students enrolled in the nursing courses hold student registration with the Board.

See more information on the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

To protect the public from the risk of harm, education providers must report concerns about registered students when they have a ‘reasonable belief’ that a student has an impairment that, when undertaking clinical training, may place the public at substantial risk of harm. This is a legal requirement under the National Law – please refer to guidelines about mandatory notifications about registered students.

Essential knowledge, skills and capabilities are required to successfully complete the undergraduate nursing courses and to practice safely as a registered nurse or midwife. As a nursing and midwifery student you are required to participate in a range of teaching and learning activities, seminars, skill and clinical simulation sessions, working in groups, on‐line activities and clinical placements.

Compulsory clinical placements account for approximately 50 per cent of the course. You are required to undertake blocks of clinical placement throughout your course. Placement blocks occur as continuous days of placement for a duration of between 2–5 weeks. Your performance on each clinical placement is assessed and must be passed. Clinical placements require you to provide direct patient care, as a member of a multidisciplinary team. Therefore, a wide range of functional abilities are essential for the delivery of quality and safe patient care during these clinical placements.

Required functional abilities

Our guiding values

  • The school’s commitment to personal and professional integrity is reflected in its research and teaching.
  • The guiding values are respect, honesty, trustworthiness, accountability, collegiality and professionalism.
  • The school expects students to consistently uphold these values when representing Deakin University.
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