Graduate Diploma of Nursing
Upgrade your nursing skills with advanced theory
A postgrad health qualification for registered nurses and students with practical nursing skills. Fill your knowledge gaps as you strive for quality patient care. This course provides a pathway to nursing leadership or further studies at Masters level.
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- 05 Feb 23
- 09 Jul 23
The University of Notre Dame Australia is committed to delivering an excellent student experience, alongside a high standard of teaching, research, and training. As a leader in ethical education, Notre Dame aims to develop students’ critical reasoning and their ability to make ethical decisions—crucial skills to progressing their careers and leading purposeful lives. At Notre Dame, students navigate their future with an ethical education online.
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On completion of this program students should be able to achieve the following learning outcomes:
- Synthesise advanced theoretical knowledge and skills required of the Registered Nurse to undertake increasingly complex nursing activities.
- Critique the effectiveness of national and international models of nursing practice and policy to continually improve outcomes for patients in the hospital and community.
- Employ critical thinking and clinical reasoning to solve ethical and legal dilemmas in the culturally and socially diverse healthcare environment.
- Communicate and negotiate with influence to achieve optimum patient care outcomes.
- Collaborate with a range of professionals to achieve the common goals of best possible healthcare outcomes for individuals and communities.
- Reflect on practice to facilitate awareness and knowledge of one’s own cognition and abilities, establishing a mechanism for lifelong learning.
- Actively contribute to the professional development of a range of members of the healthcare team.
- Conduct national and international research retrieval and enquiry to inform contemporary nursing practice.
Graduate Diploma of Nursing is not ANMAC accredited. University of Notre Dame PG Graduates are industry recognised through specific salary structures.
To be eligible for admission to The University of Notre Dame Australia, all applicants must meet the University’s minimum requirements for admission. The requirements for admission are detailed in the University’s Policy: Admissions.
To be eligible for admission to the Graduate Diploma of Nursing applicants must also meet the following specific requirements:
- Current license to practice as a Registered Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia or provisional registration, whichever is applicable at the time of commencement
- Nursing of other appropriate degree or the equivalent
- Minimum of one year relevant post registration nursing experience.
Applications for Advanced Standing and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) will be considered and reviewed on a case by case basis by UNDA's Student Administration.
Nursing is a practice profession that requires all nurses to maintain competency and participate in activities that contribute to professional and practice development. This program will be attractive to nurses wanting to advance their understanding and application of nursing knowledge and skill in a variety of clinical practice areas. This program will provide opportunities for students to participate in activities that contribute to career progression using theoretical frameworks to inform processes and multiple approaches to facilitate quality patient care. The program identifies knowledge gaps and builds on quality processes through the systematic appraisal and synthesis of evidence-based practice in the context of the students’ clinical experience. The program provides a pathway for students to progress further in their studies at Masters level.
Recommended Study Pattern
Three (3) postgraduate nursing courses:
- NURS4037 Clinical Governance
- NURS5006 Professional Role Development
- NURS5021 Management
One (1) core curriculum course:
- PHIL6020 Ethical Issues for Professional Life
Three (3) postgraduate elective courses selected from list below:
- MEDI5121 Learning and Facilitation in Health Professional Education
- MEDI5123 Reasoning and Clinical Innovation
- MEDI5110 Contemporary Issues in Health Professional Education
- MEDI5124 Coaching and Supervision in Health
- NURS6007 Introduction to Perinatal and Infant Mental Health (offered in S2 only)
- NURS5000 Deteriorating Patient Acute Care
- NURS5017 Reflective Practice in Health
One (1) postgraduate research elective:
- NURS5003 Evidence Based Practice (Coming soon)
To be eligible for the award of Graduate Diploma of Nursing students must complete a minimum of 200 Units of Credit chosen from the subjects listed in Recommended Study Pattern comprising:
- 75 Units of Credit from two (3) Postgraduate Elective Courses
- 75 Units of Credit from three (3) Postgraduate Nursing Courses
- 25 Units of Credit from one (1) Core Curriculum Course
- 25 Units of Credit from one (1) Postgraduate Research Elective Course
Graduate Certificate in Nursing
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