The Bachelor of Nursing (Pre-Registration) - offered at Flinders University's Riverland campus - is for students with no previous formal nursing qualifications, for enrolled nurses and/or for psychiatric/mental health/mental deficiency nurses who would like to become eligible to register with the Nurses Board of South Australia as a Registered Nurse.
* be introduced to clinical practice together with the scientific basis of nursing, communication for practice, research skills and the role of the nurse in the health care system
* develop nursing skills and relate all aspects of body function with nursing practice, and continue gaining clinical experience in various health care settings
* explore complex health issues in nursing such as Indigenous health issues, nursing in a sociopolitical context and mental illness, alcohol tobacco and other drugs.
Our aim is to prepare nurses who are reflective about practice and have well-developed clinical reasoning skills.
What will I study?
Refer to the program of study.
What is Nursing?
Nursing encompasses autonomous and collaborative care of individuals of all ages, families, groups and communities, sick or well and in all settings.
Modern nurses play an important role in health promotion, maintenance and education, as well as in traditional patient care and the restoration of health.
Why study Nursing at Flinders?
* Our School of Nursing & Midwifery has been at the forefront of innovation and development in Australia for many years and is internationally recognised for its high quality programs in nursing and midwifery education.
* Our programs address health issues, midwifery and nursing care practice across the life span in home, community and institutional settings.
* Our staff come from diverse backgrounds and have many years of experience in a range of clinical specialties, sciences, humanities and law. Six of whom have won Vice-Chancellor's Excellence in Teaching Awards.
* We offer innovative practice-based education and aim to connect research, practice and teaching so that each informs the other.
* We work closely with external clinical and community agency partners to create a curriculum and student practice that are informed by primary health care principles and demonstrate the highest levels of professionalism.
Our graduates are eligible to apply for registration with the Nurses Board of South Australia and are eligible for registration in other Australian states through mutual recognition to practice in the role of a Registered Nurse.
What can I do with my Bachelor of Nursing degree?
Study a language
Flinders also offers all students the opportunity to major in a language in conjunction with any undergraduate course. The Diploma in Language is designed to provide students with competence in a chosen language that adds greater portability to their qualifications. You will complete a total of one extra year of study and graduate with both your chosen degree and the Diploma in Language. You can apply for this at time of enrolment.
The Bachelor of Nursing provides five entry pathways: Pre-Registration; Graduate Entry; Re-Entry; Registered Midwife Pathway; Registered Nurse Pathway.
The course is offered by the Faculty of Health Sciences on a Commonwealth Supported basis.
Enrolment in the honours program may be offered to a student who meets certain academic criteria and subject to the school being able to provide appropriate resources and staff to supervise the program of study.
PROGRAM OF STUDY [November, 2008]
To qualify for the Bachelor of Nursing, a student must complete 108 units with a grade of Pass or NGP or better in each topic.
Not all elective topics are available in a given year.
Except with permission of the Faculty Board the course must be completed within six consecutive years.
The award of a grade of Fail (F) in the same topic on more than one occasion may constitute prima facie evidence of unsatisfactory progress for the purposes of the University's Policy on Student Progress.
A student who fails the practice component of any topic will receive a Fail grade for that topic.
A student may at any time be precluded or removed from a clinical placement.
Programs of study for entry pathways:
* Graduate Entry
* Registered Midwife Pathway
* Registered Nurse Pathway
A student who has completed all the requirements of the Bachelor of Nursing degree, or a qualification which the Faculty Board agrees is equivalent, may be accepted as a candidate for the honours degree providing they have achieved a credit average or better in fulfilling the requirements for the bachelors degree.
To qualify for the honours degree, a student must complete satisfactorily 36 units of study within one year full-time or two years part-time.
Honours Independent Study
Research Issues in Health
Arrangements have been made to enable selected students to undertake the research pathway in conjunction with the graduate nurse programs offered by participating teaching hospitals.