Graduate Certificate of Advanced Clinical Nursing - 2018

Postgraduate - Course

Commencement year

This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2018 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.

Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.

Course code

M4017

Credit points

24

Abbreviated title

GradCertAdvClinNurs

Managing faculty

Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Admission and fees

Australia

Course progression map

M4017 (pdf)

Course type

Specialist
Graduate certificate

Standard duration

1 year PT

You have a maximum of 3 years to complete this course.

Mode and location

On-campus (Clayton)

Award

Graduate Certificate of Advanced Clinical Nursing

Notes

  • This course is not available to international students.

Description

The Graduate Certificate of Advanced Clinical Nursing is a post-professional program for registered nurses wishing to undertake specialist training. The course combines theory and clinical practice components with the aim of developing students as life-long learners with problem solving, communication and research skills. Successful graduates will work as specialist nurses in one of the following areas:

  • medical surgical nursing
  • paediatric emergency nursing
  • paediatric intensive care nursing
  • paediatric nursing.

Offered in partnership with key health care provider, Monash Health, you will undertake clinical practice and assessment in a state-of-the-art clinical specialist environments. You will undertake leadership units at Monash and will be able to apply theory to practice under specialist supervision.

Medical surgical nursing

The advance practice general nurse requires a diverse knowledge and skill base to appropriately and effectively assess and manage clients/patients in a hospital environment. These studies enable you to develop proficiency in the holistic management of patients with cardiac, respiratory and renal dysfunction, and shock in the ward environment.

You must be employed in a medical or surgical ward to complete this specialisation.

Paediatric nursing

These studies provide a foundation for any nurse working with children. This stream prepares you for the management of ill paediatric patients. You will develop theoretical and clinical proficiency in the therapeutic interventions essential to care for paediatric patients and their families. The principles and practices taught throughout the course can be applied to all areas of paediatric nursing.

You must be employed in a paediatric ward to complete this stream.

Paediatric emergency nursing

These studies prepare you to deliver care to paediatric patients and their families in emergency departments.You will develop theoretical and clinical proficiency in assessment, recognition and management of the deteriorating paediatric patient. Skills will include advanced paediatric resuscitation, ventilation, triage, haemodynamic monitoring, trauma, and transportation considerations.

You must be employed in an emergency department that treats paediatric patients to complete this specialisation.

Paediatric intensive care nursing

These studies prepare you to deliver care to paediatric patients and their families in the intensive care unit. You will develop theoretical and clinical proficiency in the management of critically ill paediatric patients with respiratory, cardiac, and renal conditions and shock. This stream will also prepare you to manage mechanical ventilation and advanced haemodynamic monitoring in the paediatric population.

You must be employed in an intensive care unit that treats paediatric patients to complete this specialisation.

Outcomes

These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 8 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 8 and Monash Graduate Attributes (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/alignmentofoutcomes.html).

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

  1. critically evaluate contemporary issues in specialist nursing contexts
  2. examine theoretical frameworks for ethical and legal practice in specialist nursing
  3. demonstrate complex clinical decision-making and clinical reasoning skills
  4. identify and utilise culturally relevant and age-specific strategies that promote independence, self-esteem and dignity in specialist nursing practice
  5. demonstrate leadership through application of best practice principles and safe evidence informed specialist nursing practice
  6. apply detailed knowledge of pathophysiology associated with the specialist area of nursing practice
  7. perform clinical application of evidence-based research and the ethical principles in the management of complex nursing situations
  8. demonstrate competency to practice as a specialist nurse in the management of complex health situations and professional standards.

Professional recognition

This course does not lead to registration as a nurse and is not registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

Structure

The course is structured in three parts: Part A. Foundations for advanced clinical nursing, Part B. Specialist nursing practice and Part C. Clinical leadership and application.

Part A. Foundations for advanced clinical nursing

This studies will provide you with the foundations of pathophysiology to prepare for clinical assessment in your chosen area of specialisation. You will develop skills in health assessment that include physical appraisals and assessment analysis. This study provides the opportunity for practising nurses to revise and extend on existing skills and knowledge.

Part B. Specialist nursing practice

In these studies you will develop both theoretical and clinical proficiency in the essential therapeutic interventions needed to care for patients. You will develop your skills and knowledge in a hospital setting and apply critical thinking to identify key links between pathophysiology and treatment/management rationales. These studies provide options for registered nurses seeking leadership roles in the clinical specialisation. The studies draw on best practices within the nursing specialisations for the development of advanced knowledge and skills.

Part C. Clinical leadership and application

This studies will enable you to develop theoretical knowledge and skills to apply leadership principles to your chosen area of practice. You will learn about complex decision making in the context of clinical practise and explore a range of clinical contexts.

Requirements

The course comprises 24 points structured in three parts: Part A. Foundations for advanced clinical nursing (6 points), Part B. Specialist nursing practice (12 points) and Part C. Clinical leadership and application (6 points).

The course progression mapcourse progression map (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2018handbooks/maps/map-m4017.pdf) will assist you to plan to meet the course requirements, and guidance on unit enrolment for each semester of study.

Units are 6 points unless otherwise stated.

Part A. Foundations for advanced clinical nursing (6 points)

You must complete 6 points of studies according to your specialist area.

Paediatric emergency nursing; Paediatric intensive care nursing; Paediatric nursing

  • NUR5704 Pathophysiology for advanced paediatric nursing

Medical surgical nursing

  • NUR5703 Pathophysiology for advanced clinical nursing

Part B. Specialist nursing practice (12 credit points)

You must complete:

  • NUR5708 Specialist nursing practice (12 points)

Part C. Clinical leadership and application

You must complete:

  • NUR5325 Clinical leadership in nursing

Progression to further studies

Students completing the Graduate Certificate of Advanced Clinical Nursing are eligible to progress to M6006 Master of Advanced Nursing.