courses

1250

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2014 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2014 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Managing facultyMedicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Abbreviated titleMNurs
CRICOS code075545B
Total credit points required72
Standard duration of study (years)1.5 years FT, 3 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Berwick, Clayton, Peninsula)
Off-campus (Berwick, Clayton, Peninsula)
Admission, fee and application details http://www.monash.edu/study/coursefinder/course/1250
Contact details

Tel: 1800 MONASH (1800 666 274) or visit: http://www.med.monash.edu.au/nursing/

Course coordinator

Dr Bev Copnell (Clayton) Ms Suzanne Willey (Berwick and Peninsula)

Notes

  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • This course is only available for international student visa holders at the Peninsula campus.
  • This course must be completed in a minimum of 1.5 years and a maximum of 5 years. The course duration is inclusive of any periods of intermission.
  • This course may require attendance at off-campus practical placements which may occur in a range of locations.

Description

This course, offered by the School of Nursing and Midwifery, prepares nurses for general and specialist practice roles in a range of clinical areas. The course enables development of advanced practice roles such as leadership skills to plan, implement, coordinate and evaluate health care, as well as the ability to formulate policy for a diverse and multicultural society. Graduates are employed in a wide range of general and specialist clinical, educational and health care environments in senior positions and contribute to the health of individuals, families and communities, in addition to the development of the profession

Outcomes

These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate Attributes (http://opvclt.monash.edu.au/curriculum-by-design/aligning-course-outcomes-with-aqf-bologna.html).

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will be able to:

  • employ creative approaches and skills to address complex nursing and health-related issues
  • support the development of evidence-based nursing interventions
  • initiate, manage and sustain changes which positively affect health outcomes
  • evaluate the impact of care delivery on health outcomes
  • provide professional leadership
  • contribute to the development of nursing knowledge and practice through education, research, scholarly debate, presentation and publication
  • develop and apply advanced knowledge and skills in a selected area of nursing practice.

Assessment

Assessment includes exams, seminar presentations, field-based report, virtual classroom tutorial participation, literature reviews, assignments, skills assessment, computer conferencing and essays.

Structure

This course consists of coursework and project or thesis, or coursework only. The coursework component comprises core and elective units.

Students may undertake the course in one of three ways:

  • coursework units only (72 points)
  • coursework units (48 points) and a project (24 points) involving research into an aspect of nursing which enhances nursing practice and patient care. Students submit a report of approximately 15,000 words which must meet the standards required for publication
  • coursework units (36 points) and a minor thesis (36 points) involving in-depth, systematic research into an aspect of nursing which enhances nursing practice and patient care. Students submit an original report of approximately 25,000 words in length which will lead to publication.

Students studying in Australia with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia registration will be able to undertake a clinical specialist pathway of study within the degree, giving them the opportunity to develop specialist knowledge and skills in clinical practice.

Students wishing to pursue a specialist pathway must have Monash University School of Nursing and Midwifery-approved employment in a clinical setting prior to commencement of study.

All students who elect to do the project or minor thesis option will be supervised by a Monash University-approved supervisor. Thesis and project guidelines are available from the School of Nursing and Midwifery.

Courses of study are individually planned according to each student's career path plan. Students are encouraged to discuss a range of options with the course coordinator when constructing their individual program of study.

Requirements

All units are 12 points unless otherwise indicated.

Generic pathway

To undertake a generic pathway of study students must complete the required number of credit points including:

Specialist pathways

To enter a specialist pathway Australian Registered Nursing students will normally be required to work an average of two to three days a week within the speciality (or with contact with patients/clients from the speciality) for the duration of the course. To complete a specialist pathway the following requirements must be met.

Elective units

Students studying a specialist pathway choose from a wide range of master's-level elective units offered by the School of Nursing and MidwiferySchool of Nursing and Midwifery (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/units/index-byou-school-of-nursing-and-midwifery.html), or the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health SciencesFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/units/index-byfaculty-med.html), to a total of 36 credit points. Suitable units can also be identified using the browse units toolbrowse units tool (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/units/search) in the current edition of the Handbook; postgraduate units are those that commence with the numbers 4-5. The choice of electives will need the approval of the course coordinator. Some recommended electives are detailed below.

Option one - coursework only

Any available units or units selected from the specialist pathways listed below.

Advanced medical surgical - Clayton

Students complete the following core units (36 points):

  • GHS5841 Research and evidence for practice
  • NUR5927 Advanced medical/surgical nursing practice 1 (6 points)
  • NUR5928 Advanced medical/surgical nursing practice 2 (6 points)
  • NUR5703 Advanced pathophysiology and health assessment 1 (6 points)
  • NUR5704 Advanced pathophysiology and health assessment 2 (6 points)

Students will normally be required to work in supervised clinical practice for a minimum of three days a week at a Monash University School of Nursing and Midwifery-approved Medical Surgical unit.

For further information contact georgina.willetts@monash.edu

Aged care nursing - Clayton

Students complete the following core units (36 points):

  • GHS5841 Research and evidence for practice
  • NUR5301 Nursing practice for older persons
  • NUR5203 Palliative care practice

Students will normally be required to work in supervised clinical practice for a minimum of two days a week at an approved department.

Critical care nursing - Peninsula

Students complete the following core units (36 points):

  • GHS5841 Research and evidence for practice
  • NUR5923 Critical care nursing 1 (6 points)
  • NUR5924 Critical care nursing 2 (6 points)
  • NUR5703 Advanced pathophysiology and health assessment 1 (6 points)
  • NUR5704 Advanced pathophysiology and health assessment 2 (6 points)

Students will normally be required to work in supervised clinical practice for a minimum of three days a week at an approved critical, intensive, or coronary care unit.

For further information contact tamsin.jones@monash.edu

Disaster and emergency nursing management - Peninsula

Students complete the following core units (36 points):

  • GHS5841 Research and evidence for practice
  • MIR4110 Introduction to disaster preparedness and management (6 points)
  • MIR4160  Disaster resilience and community safety (6 points)
  • NUR5210 Disaster and emergency nursing management

There is no clinical requirement for this major and research project work is recommended for the final 36 credit points of the course. It is therefore suitable for international students.

For further information contact virginia.plummer@monash.edu

Education in nursing - Peninsula

Students complete the following core units (36 points):

  • GHS5841 Research and evidence for practice
  • NUR5204 Education in nursing and midwifery
  • NUR5209 Education program development

There is no clinical requirement for this major and research project work is recommended for the final 36 credit points of the course. It is therefore suitable for international students.

For further information contact meredith.mcintyre@monash.edu

Emergency nursing - Peninsula

Students complete the following core units (36 points):

  • GHS5841 Research and evidence for practice
  • NUR5925 Emergency nursing 1 (6 points)
  • NUR5926 Emergency nursing 2 (6 points)
  • NUR5703 Advanced pathophysiology and health assessment 1 (6 points)
  • NUR5704 Advanced pathophysiology and health assessment 2 (6 points)

Students will normally be required to work in supervised clinical practice for a minimum of three days a week at an approved emergency department.

For further information contact Julia.Morphet@monash.edu

Mental health - Peninsula

Students complete the following core units (48 points):

  • GHS5841 Research and evidence for practice
  • NUR5214 Advanced therapeutic interaction or NUR5008 Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • NUR5215 Mental health nursing concepts and practice
  • NUR5227 Integrated mental health care

Students must complete the three specialist clinical core units with a minimum of 250 hours of supervised clinical experience each. Of the total 750 clinical hours for the course, at least 250 hours must be in an acute admission unit.

For further information contact ian.munro@monash.edu

Paediatric nursing - Clayton

Students complete the following core units (36 points):

  • GHS5841 Research and evidence for practice
  • NUR5217 Advanced paediatric nursing
  • NUR5405 Explorations in child and family nursing

Students will normally be required to work in supervised clinical practice for a minimum of two days a week at an approved department. This may be waived for students with two years' clinical experience in paediatric nursing.

For further information contact beverley.copnell@ monash.edu

Palliative care nursing - Peninsula

Students complete the following core units (36 points):

  • GHS5841 Research and evidence for practice
  • NUR5203 Palliative care practice
  • NUR5214 Advanced therapeutic interaction

Students must complete a minimum of three days per week of mentor-guided clinical practice and competency development in an approved clinical environment.

For further information contact susan.lee@monash.edu

Primary health care nursing - Berwick

Students complete the following core units (36 points):

  • GHS5841Research and evidence for practice
  • PHC5000 Concepts in primary health care (6 points)
  • PHC5004 Chronic illness in primary health care (6 points)
  • NUR5844 Health promotion and education

There is no clinical requirement for this major and research project work is recommended for the final 36 credit points of the course. It is therefore suitable for international students.

For further information contact suzanne.willey@monash.edu

Refugee health nursing - Berwick

Students complete the following core units (36 points):

  • GHS5841 Research and evidence for practice
  • NUR5833 Refugee health and wellbeing
  • NUR5844 Health promotion and education

There is no clinical requirement for this major and research project work is recommended for the final 36 credit points of the course. It is therefore suitable for international students.

For further information contact suzanne.willey@monash.edu

Option two - coursework and a research project or minor thesis

The generic or specialist pathways are available under this option. The key criteria for each pathway must be met.

To progress to either the research project or minor thesis, a minimum of 36 credit points and GHS5841 (Research and evidence for practice) must have been completed, normally with a minimum of a distinction grade average (70 per cent). Students wishing to progress to the project or minor thesis units must contact their course coordinator for further information and advice.

Students enrol in the following units as they progress through the project or minor thesis:

Students should seek guidance from their research supervisor on when to register for each unit. For example, part-time students undertaking a project are likely to register for MHS5000/MHS5001 in semester one and MHS5002/MHS5003 in semester two.

Each unit must be completed once but may be repeated if necessary (not in the same semester) to meet the requirements of a 36-point minor thesis. For example, repeating MHS5002/MHS5003 in the third semester of study.

Progression to further studies

Students who complete this course and achieve a minimum of a distinction (70 per cent) or above in the project or minor thesis units may qualify for admission into higher degrees by research including course 3438 Master of Philosophy and 0047 Doctor of Philosophy, among others.

Alternative exit(s)

Students wishing to exit this course may apply to graduate with one of the following, provided they have satisfied the requirements for that award:

  • Graduate Certificate of Nursing
  • Graduate Diploma of Nursing

If a specialisation has been completed it will only be noted on the student's transcript, not the testamur.

Award(s)

Master of Nursing