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  • Objectives
    This course aims to prepare experienced registered nurses to practice as State/Territory endorsed Nurse Practitioners. This ACU National course has been constructed around the National Nurse Practitioner Competency Framework and has been designed to ensure that students will achieve the National Competency Standards therein, as set out by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council. As a necessity, this course is clinically based, and all eight of the units can be tailored to the specific specialist field of each individual student's practice. This program will prepare Nurse Practitioners in three key areas: dynamic practice, professional efficacy, and clinical leadership. It is highly flexible, and will enable students to manage their studies at a pace that conforms to their practice-based commitments, and to construct negotiated learning outcomes that are matched to each student's own field of clinical practice.
  • Entry requirements
    Normal Entry: 1. Bachelor degree in Nursing or equivalent ; eligibility for registration as a nurse in the relevant Australian State/Territory; 2. Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing (or equivalent) in a field of clinical practice relevant to the student's chosen area of Nurse Practitioner practice; 3. a minimum of three years full-time equivalent clinical practice experience in the nominated specialty; 4. demonstrated recent and relevant nursing practice satisfactory to the relevant Head of School, i.e., a minimum of one year full-time equivalent clinical experience in an advanced practice role in the clinical area in which the Nurse Practitioner candidate intends to practice; 5. current employment in an advanced practice role for the duration of the course; and 6. a letter of support from the Nurse Practitioner candidate's employer. * An applicant who has relevant current clinical experience and/or post-registration qualifications may apply for special admission.
  • Academic Title
    Master of Clinical Nursing for Nurse Practitioners
  • Course description
    Master of Clinical Nursing for Nurse Practitioners
    MClinNNPrac

    80 cp

    Minimum duration: 2 years part-time.

    Course available at: Brisbane, Queensland*
    *Offered only in Queensland in 2009 (subject to approval by the Queensland Nursing Council).

    EFTSL value of units: All 10 cp units in this course have an EFTSL value of 0.125. Units with a cp value of a multiple of 10 have corresponding EFTSL values.

    1. Requirements for Completion of the Degree

    To qualify for the degree, a student must complete 80 cp from the Schedule of Unit Offerings, consisting of:

       1. 40 cp from core Theory Units; and
       2. 40 cp from core Practice Units.

    The core Practice Units will be based in the student’s own area of clinical practice, (ie the field in which they intend to practice as a Nurse Practitioners).

    Schedule of Unit Offerings

    Prerequisite (Pre), co-requisite (Co) and incompatible (Inc) units are indicated in parentheses where applicable.

    Theory Units
    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    NRSG607     10     Quality in Health Care
    NRSG610     10     Interpreting Health Research
    NRSP601     10     Clinical Decision Making
    NRST613     10     Leadership and Health Care

    Practice Units
    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    NRSG622     10     Advanced Clinical Assessment for Nurse Practitioners
    NRSG623     10     Evidence-Based Practice for Nurse Practitioners
    NRSG624     10     Collaborative Practice and Improvement for Nurse Practitioners
    NRSG625     10     Managing Complex Care for Nurse Practitioners

    Each of the above Practice Units contains an online component:
    - Drug Prescribing for Nurse Practitioners: Part 1, Assessment;
    - Drug Prescribing for Nurse Practitioners: Part 2, Evidence;
    - Drug Prescribing for Nurse Practitioners: Part 3, Teamwork;
    - Drug Prescribing for Nurse Practitioners: Part 4, Complications.

    Application

    All applicants are required to submit Form N – Postgraduate Clinical Nursing Additional Information with supporting documentation.

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