The Graduate Diploma in Nursing (High Dependency) is a 36-unit course offered by the College of Nursing and Health Sciences and is only available as an exit award for students admitted to the Master of Nursing (High Dependency) who choose not to complete that award.
The Graduate Diploma in Nursing (High Dependency) aims to:
- facilitate development of specialised knowledge, skills and attributes for application in high dependence nursing environments
- extend student knowledge in research for practice development
In addition to the learning outcomes of the Graduate Diploma in Nursing, on completion of this course, students in the High Dependency Nursing specialisation 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 high dependency nursing setting
- apply concepts and theories around recognition, response and management of the acute, complex and/or critically ill deteriorating patient in a high dependency nursing setting
- demonstrate knowledge and skills required to care for adults in a high acuity medical nursing environment
- demonstrate knowledge and skills required to care for adults in a high acuity surgical nursing environment
Program of Study
To qualify for the Graduate Diploma in Nursing (High Dependency) 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 - High Dependency - Core topics
18 units comprising:
NURS8740 Foundations for Responding to Clinical Deterioration Across the Lifespan (4.5 units)
NURS8741 Professional Experience in Resuscitation Across the Lifespan (PEP) (4.5 units)
NURS8746 Managing High Acuity Surgical Care (4.5 units)
NURS8747 Managing High Acuity Medical Care (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)