The Graduate Diploma in Nursing (Acute Care) is a 36-unit program offered by the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.
The Graduate Diploma in Nursing (Acute Care) - Exit Only is only available as an exit award.
Subject to meeting the specific requirements of the Program of Study below and on completion of at least 36 in the Master of Nursing (Acute Care) students may exit with the Graduate Diploma in Nursing (Acute Care).
In order to be able to exit with the Graduate Diploma in Nursing (Acute Care) students must indicate their intention to not to proceed with the primary degree and request that they exit with the relevant award.
The Graduate Diploma in Nursing (Acute Care) - Exit only aims to:
- facilitate development of specialised knowledge, skills attributes for application in a range of acute care nursing environments
In addition to the learning outcomes of the Graduate Diploma in Nursing, on completion of this pathway students will be able to:
- critically analyse the concepts and theory around recognition, response and management of the acute, complex and/or critically-ill deteriorating patient in a range of acute care settings
- identify and enact relevant international, national, state and territory strategic health care goals in acute care nursing environments
- apply concepts and theories around recognition, response and management of the acute, complex and/or critically-ill deteriorating patient in a simulated acute care setting
Program of study
To qualify for the Graduate Diploma in Nursing (Acute Care) a student must complete 36 units as specified below with a grade of Pass or NGP or better in each topic.
The award of a grade of Fail (F) in the same topic on more than one occasion or in 9 units or more, or failure to complete the course within four consecutive semesters may constitute prima facie evidence of unsatisfactory progress for the purposes of the University's Policy on Student Progress.
Except with permission of the Dean (Education):
- no topic may be attempted more than twice
- a student may not include a topic which repeats work previously undertaken.
Not all topics will be available in any given year or semester.
Specialisation - Acute Care - Core topics
4.5 units comprising:
NURS8740 Foundations for Responding to Clinical Deterioration Across the Lifespan (4.5 units)
Core - Year 1 topics
18 units comprising:
NURS9123 Epidemiology and Population Studies for Health Care Practice (4.5 units)
NURS9124 Advanced Thinking, Communicating and Problem Solving for Health Professionals (4.5 units)
NURS9126 Leadership in Health Studies (4.5 units)
NURS9219 Introduction to Research (4.5 units)
Option - Year 1 topics
13.5 units selected from:
NURS8742 Critical Care Nursing Theory (4.5 units)
NURS8746 Managing High Acuity Surgical Care (4.5 units)
NURS8747 Managing High Acuity Medical Care (4.5 units)
NURS8828 Contemporary Issues in Paediatric Nursing (4.5 units)
NURS8760 Acute Mental Health Nursing Theory (4.5 units)
NURS8751 Dimensions of Emergency Nursing (4.5 units
Students may, in consultation with the Course Coordinator, select other postgraduate topics offered by the College of Nursing and Health Sciences as their option topics.