Master of Nursing (Rural & Remote)
Advance your nursing knowledge to care for country communities
Provide quality nursing to patients isolated by distance. You’ll explore rural clients' special needs during emergencies and everyday healthcare. Expand your practice to include administering and supplying medicines in Qld and Vic.
Australian Higher Education Loan Program (HELP)
Online & on-campus
- No dates available
As Australia’s #1 university for graduate starting salary (Good Universities Guide, 2022), University of Southern Queensland is the right place to make real progress. Regardless of your education history, your age or your aspirations, at UniSQ you’ll be inspired by quality learning experiences matched with top resources and research. Having delivered distance and online learning for over 40+ years, UniSQ supports you to learn at your own pace—exactly how it suits you.
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Study the Master of Nursing (Rural and Remote) and gain the advanced skills necessary to provide quality nursing care to rural and remote communities across a broad range of areas, including primary care, hospital and the emergency care settings.
- Display an advanced body of seminal, conceptual and data-based knowledge in nursing
- Communicate an advanced knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to health and nursing
- Review conceptual and data-based literature using cognitive and technical skills to critique, evaluate and identify best evidence to improve individual, community and population health outcomes
- Apply evidence-based decision-making to clinical, policy, education and/or practice situations
- Lead people and projects in diverse situations with a high degree of creativity, autonomy and accountability, demonstrating appropriate judgement and responsibility as an expert practitioner
- Communicate at a high level in interpersonal, inter-professional and intercultural situations with people of diverse ages, backgrounds and needs.
- Employ advanced skills in competent, caring and professional nursing practice.
This masters degree opens up leadership opportunities within the public and private health care sectors. You’ll have the relevant expertise to work in a rural or remote health care setting. Your qualifications provide the specialist skills relevant to remote area nurses. You’ll have the qualifications to apply for rural and remote nursing jobs nationwide.
- Completion of an Australian university or equivalent three-year bachelor degree in the area of Nursing.
- Current Professional Registration as a Division 1 Nurse, or equivalent, with either Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) or relevant regulatory body in applicant's home country.
- To be eligible for admission to the Master of Nursing (Rural and Remote) specialisation, applicants must provide written confirmation from the applicant’s manager stating that they are currently employed as a Registered Nurse and can complete the required hours of clinical mentorship in their workplace.
English Proficiency Requirements
All students are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. For entry to the Master of Nursing (Rural & Remote) program, applicants are required to meet the Category 4 English Language Proficiency requirements.
On campus requirements
Mandatory Residential School attendance will be required for the below courses. Residential Schools will be held at Ipswich, or Toowoomba campus.
- COU8103 Counselling Issues and Contexts
- COU8101 Counselling Skills and Applications
- COU8104 Counselling Frameworks
The Rural and Remote specialisation has one course, ANP5002 with a clinical component. ANP5002 is only available to students who hold current Division 1 nursing registration with the Australian Health Professional Registration Authority (AHPRA) and are located in Australia.
Candidates must complete at least six units of courses offered by UniSQ whilst enrolled in this program so at most six units of exemptions may be applied for on the basis of approved relevant study undertaken at UniSQ, other universities or the Australian College of Nursing.
Study the Master of Nursing (Rural and Remote) and gain the advanced skills necessary to provide quality nursing care to rural and remote communities across a broad range of areas, including primary care, hospital and the emergency care settings. Build your knowledge of the political contexts, legal implications, and the importance of cultural safety that will inform the nursing care you provide in the rural and remote communities.
The Master of Nursing can be studied online and part-time, so you can progress your nursing career while fitting study into your life and occupation. Build specialist skills to review data-based research while identifying and implementing best practice for improving individual and community health outcomes. Develop advanced knowledge and skills in the development, analysis and application of health policies and health research through an independent research project to progress your own area of practice.
Recommended Study Pattern
HEA8001 Contexts of Practice
ANP5001 Introduction to Rural and Remote Nursing Practice
NUR8060 Health Policy Analysis and Review
ANP5003 Emergency Nursing in Isolated Practice
ANP8008 Diagnostics and Assessment
ANP8009 Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacology for Scheduled Medicines
ANP8010 Situational Practice: clinical and critical decision making skills
HSC8050 Research Methodology for the Human Sciences
ANP5002 Immunisation Nursing
HSC8060 Research Project Design
NUR8075 Research Implementation Project
HSC8070 Health Masters Project A
HSC8080 Health Masters Project B
Completion of 12 units as outlined in the Recommended Study Pattern section.
- Upon completion of the appropriate 4 units, a student may apply to exit with the Graduate Certificate of Nursing.
- Upon completion of the appropriate 8 units, a student may apply to exit with the Graduate Diploma of Nursing.
Choose your subjects
- Clinical Education
- Leadership & Management in Health
- Mental Health
- Rural & Remote
Approved Course List
HEA8101 Foundations of Gerontology Practice
HEA8102 Perspectives of Healthy Ageing
HEA8104 Alzheimers and Dementia: Contemporary Perspectives
HEA8201 Introduction to Clinical Education
HEA8105 Perspectives on `End-of-Life'
HEA8302 Culture as a Determinant of Health
ANP8003 Management in Health Care Practice
ANP8011 Clinical Leadership in Contemporary Health Care Practice
HEA8201 Introduction to Clinical Education
HEA8202 Innovative Learning Strategies for Healthcare Environment
NUR8550 Professional Studies 1
COU8103 Counselling Issues and Contexts
COU8101 Counselling Skills and Applications
COU8104 Counselling Frameworks