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CH79 - Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Re-Entry)

Overview

Compulsory Residential School

Some units in this course require you to attend a compulsory Residential School or Work Integrated Learning. Please see Course Features in the Getting Started tab for further information.

Course Overview

The Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Re-Entry) enables you to develop advanced knowledge and skills in order to return to work as a Registered Nurse. This course will build on your existing theoretical, practical and research knowledge. This course will include a five day residential school and 160 hours of industry based learning. On successful completion of the Graduate Certificate of Nursing (Re-Entry) you will be eligible for registration as a Registered Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. Referral by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency is prerequisite for enrolment into the course.

Career Information

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Re-Entry) are eligible for nursing registration with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Once registration has been achieved, graduates can choose from many different nursing specialties.

Course Details
Duration 0.5 years full-time or 1 years part-time
Credit Points that Must be Earned 24
Number of Units Required CQUniversity uses the concept of credits to express the amount of study required for a particular course and individual units. The number of units varies between courses. Units in postgraduate courses normally consist of 6 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 12, 18, 24).
Expected Hours of Study One point of credit is equivalent to an expectation of approximately two hours of student work per week in a term.
Course Type Postgraduate Award
Qualification (post nominal) GradCertN
AQF Level Level 8: Graduate Certificate

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
Not Applicable
International Students
CRICOS Codes
Not Applicable
Where and when can I start?
Units offered internally at the below campuses may be delivered using a combination of face-to-face and video conferencing style teaching.
Units offered via MIX mode are delivered online and require compulsory attendance of site-specific learning activities such as on-campus residential schools, placements and/or work integrated learning. See Course Features tab for further information. Online units are delivered using online resources only.
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The following tables list the courses availabilities by location and term. Directing your pointer over your preferred location will provide further information if this course is not available for the full duration. Please be sure to also check individual unit availability by location and term prior to enrolling.

Domestic Availability

Term 2 - 2022

Online

Term 1 - 2022

Online

Term 2 - 2021

Online

Term 1 - 2021

Online

Term 3 - 2020

Online

Term 2 - 2020

Online

Term 1 - 2020

Online

Term 3 - 2019

Online

Term 2 - 2019

Online

Term 1 - 2019

Online

Term 3 - 2018

This course has a clinical placement unit that requires MANDATORY security and health checks. Due to the short timeframe of this course, applicants must make themselves familiar with these checks and commence obtaining them prior to starting to ensure due dates for clinical placement attendance are met in the early stages of the course. Please go to the More Details tab for further information and links.
Distance

Term 2 - 2018

This course has a clinical placement unit that requires MANDATORY security and health checks. Due to the short timeframe of this course, applicants must make themselves familiar with these checks and commence obtaining them prior to starting to ensure due dates for clinical placement attendance are met in the early stages of the course. Please go to the More Details tab for further information and links.
Distance

Term 1 - 2018

This course has a clinical placement unit that requires MANDATORY security and health checks. Due to the short timeframe of this course, applicants must make themselves familiar with these checks and commence obtaining them prior to starting to ensure due dates for clinical placement attendance are met in the early stages of the course. Please go to the More Details tab for further information and links.
Distance

Term 3 - 2017

This course has a clinical placement unit that requires MANDATORY security and health checks. Due to the short timeframe of this course, applicants must make themselves familiar with these checks and commence obtaining them prior to starting to ensure due dates for clinical placement attendance are met in the early stages of the course. Please go to the More Details tab for further information and links.
Distance

Term 2 - 2017

This course has a clinical placement unit that requires MANDATORY security and health checks. Due to the short timeframe of this course, applicants must make themselves familiar with these checks and commence obtaining them prior to starting to ensure due dates for clinical placement attendance are met in the early stages of the course. Please go to the More Details tab for further information and links.
Distance
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International Availability

Term 2 - 2022

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2022

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 2 - 2021

Online

Term 1 - 2021

Online

Term 3 - 2020

Online

Term 2 - 2020

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2020

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 3 - 2019

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 2 - 2019

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2019

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 3 - 2018

This course has a clinical placement unit that requires MANDATORY security and health checks. Due to the short timeframe of this course, applicants must make themselves familiar with these checks and commence obtaining them prior to starting to ensure due dates for clinical placement attendance are met in the early stages of the course. Please go to the More Details tab for further information and links.
Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 2 - 2018

This course has a clinical placement unit that requires MANDATORY security and health checks. Due to the short timeframe of this course, applicants must make themselves familiar with these checks and commence obtaining them prior to starting to ensure due dates for clinical placement attendance are met in the early stages of the course. Please go to the More Details tab for further information and links.
Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2018

This course has a clinical placement unit that requires MANDATORY security and health checks. Due to the short timeframe of this course, applicants must make themselves familiar with these checks and commence obtaining them prior to starting to ensure due dates for clinical placement attendance are met in the early stages of the course. Please go to the More Details tab for further information and links.
Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 3 - 2017

This course has a clinical placement unit that requires MANDATORY security and health checks. Due to the short timeframe of this course, applicants must make themselves familiar with these checks and commence obtaining them prior to starting to ensure due dates for clinical placement attendance are met in the early stages of the course. Please go to the More Details tab for further information and links.
Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 2 - 2017

This course has a clinical placement unit that requires MANDATORY security and health checks. Due to the short timeframe of this course, applicants must make themselves familiar with these checks and commence obtaining them prior to starting to ensure due dates for clinical placement attendance are met in the early stages of the course. Please go to the More Details tab for further information and links.
Sorry, no international availabilities found.
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For any problems regarding admissions availability for the selected course please contact 13 CQUni (13 27 86) or send us an email at http://contactus.cqu.edu.au/
What do I need to start?
Entry Scores
Entry scores are not available, please contact the Student Advice Team for more information.
Entry Requirements

Students must be referred by AHPRA to undertake this course..

Security Requirements
No information available at this time
Health Requirements
No information available at this time
Assumed Knowledge

Previous experience of online learning

Computer literacy

English

Fees and Charges
Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards Not applicable
Exit Awards Not applicable
Professional Accreditation Not applicable
Learned Society Accreditation Not applicable

Residential School Requirements

Compulsory Residential School Students must attend a 5-day compulsory residential school prior to clinical placement. The location of the residential school will be determined by timetabling.
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Practicum/Work Placement

NURS20162 - Students will complete 160hours of clinical nursing

Previous and Current Enrolments

Year Number of Students
2021 49
2020 92
2019 68
2018 65
2017 43
Inherent Requirements
There are Inherent Requirements (IRs) that you need to be aware of, and fulfil, to achieve the core learning outcomes of the units and course. IRs are the essential capabilities, knowledge, behaviours and skills that are needed to complete a unit or course.

Please note that in some instances there may be similarities between course, entry and inherent requirements.

If you experience difficulties meeting these requirements, reasonable adjustments may be made upon contacting accessibility@cqu.edu.au. Adjustment must not compromise the academic integrity of the degree or course chosen at CQUniversity or the legal requirements of field education.

Ethical Behaviour

Examples:

  • Complying with academic and non-academic misconduct policies and procedures such as CQUniversity’s Student Charter, Student Misconduct Policy and Student Behavioural Misconduct Procedures and Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).
  • Treating personal information obtained in classroom and clinical settings as private and confidential.
  • Respecting an individual’s/group’s diversity by demonstrating sensitivity to religious, cultural land individual differences.
  • Demonstrating an ability to reflect on ethical dilemmas and issues and take responsibility for ensuring awareness of ethical behaviour.


Behavioural Stability

Examples:

  • Being receptive and responding appropriately to different viewpoints, to constructive feedback and to direction from academics and clinical staff.
  • Interacting positively and effectively in groups with other students while attending activities related to the course.
  • Contributing to on-line discussion forums and tutorials with peers and academics whilst using respectful language and tone.
  • Coping with your own emotions, responses and behaviour effectively when dealing with challenging situations in the clinical setting.


Legal Compliance

Examples:

  • Complying with the requirement for student registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
  • Complying with mandatory reporting requirements.
  • Understanding and adhering to professional policy around the use of social media.
  • Undertaking nursing care within the scope of practice relevant to the required knowledge and level of progression through your course of study.
  • Understanding and adhering to legal requirements associated with the administration of medications.


Communication Skills (Verbal, Non-verbal, Written and Technology)
Examples:

  • Actively participating in discussion activities related to the course.
  • Using language that is appropriate to the context of the individual or group.
  • Responding appropriately to a care request in the clinical environment.
  • Providing the health care team with verbal handover reports related to patient care.
  • Recognising and interpreting non-verbal cues of others and respond appropriately during activities related to the course.
  • Incorporating the use of effective non-verbal cues such as eye contact when communicating with academics and peers during activities related to the course building positive learning relationships.
  • Recognising and interpreting non-verbal cues of the health care team, peers, patients and others and respond appropriately during clinical placement.


Cognitive Abilities (Knowledge and Cognitive Skills, Literacy and Numeracy)

Examples:

  • Conceptualising and using appropriate knowledge in response to academic assessment items.
  • Completing academic learning activities and assessment tasks, and performing clinical skills within reasonable set timeframes.
  • Applying knowledge of policy and procedures in the clinical setting.
  • Applying theoretical knowledge and understanding health history when undertaking patient assessment during admissions in clinical practice.


Sensory Abilities (Visual, Auditory, Tactile)

Examples:

  • Focussing on and recognising objects that are either near or far, e.g. reading learning resources such as lecture and tutorial screens face-to-face on-campus or on-line; as well as reading examination papers and/or on-line computer quizzes.
  • Observing non-verbal behaviour and other situations in a variety of professional settings.
  • Accurately drawing up and administering medication.
  • Observing and detecting subtle changes in wounds.
  • Detecting changes in skin colour and general tissue perfusion.
  • Hearing verbal communication from other students and lecturers during activities related to the course.
  • Accurately interpreting the verbal communication and direction of clinical staff during emergency situations.
  • Accurately detecting a blood pressure measurement, listening to heart, lung and bowel sounds by auscultation using a stethoscope.
  • Responding to a care request by activation of a call bell or calls for help.
  • Detecting changes in circulation observations e.g. assessing skin temperature and palpating pulses.
  • Conducting a physical assessment detecting anatomical abnormalities e.g. swelling or alteration in texture.
  • Using touch appropriately as an alternative means of conveying positive messages to patients such as emotional support and encouragement.


Reflective Skills

Examples are:

  • Reflecting on topics taught during the course of study, including on situations that may be difficult or sensitive, yet still require reflective processing, judgement or action.
  • Identifying when a practice issue is outside your scope.
  • Identifying when your practice may be negatively affected by personal experience and/or reactions.
  • Reflecting on your progress against the NMBA Registered Nurse Standards for Practice during work-integrated learning and identify sources and strategies to enhance practice and improve professional learning.


Sustainable Performance

Examples are:

  • Actively participating in activities related to the course.
  • Undertaking examinations and on-line quizzes with adequate, sustained levels of physical energy and concentration.
  • Participating in learning clinical skills and engaging in simulation activities during on-campus learning and teaching situations.
  • Performing consistent care and completing repetitive tasks during clinical practice with sustained concentration and physical energy for an 8 to 12 hour period of time that may be at night.


Strength and Mobility (Gross Motor Skills and Fine Motor Skills)

Examples are:

  • Incorporating a range of gross motor skills while participating effectively in activities related to the course.
  • Maintaining balance while safely mobilising and transferring individuals or resources.
  • Moving with ease around patients’ bedsides, bathrooms and equipment items while performing the delivery of care activities and responding to emergency situations.
  • Safely retrieving and utilising stock and equipment.
  • Inserting a urinary catheter.
  • Manipulating intricate surgical instruments and equipment while dressing a wound.
  • Manipulating syringes and needles during preparation and administration of medications addressing safety to self and others.
  • Priming, accurately inserting and setting prescribed rates on an infusion device.


Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Abilities

Examples are:

  • Competently using a desktop operating system such as Microsoft Windows or Mac OS X.
  • Accessing a computer and having sufficient computer skills to engage in online learning, reading and responding as required to emails, and completing relevant assessments for the course.
  • Regularly accessing the Internet for research, and email for communication with peers and lecturers.


Core Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Apply legal, ethical and clinical standards and frameworks to nursing practice
  • 2. Evaluate the health impact of discrimination and the social determinants of health, particularly as they affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • 3. Implement an evidence-informed nursing care plan, prioritising for patient acuity
  • 4. Use the principles of clinical leadership to delegate, communicate and create evidence-informed change
  • 5. Demonstrate the safe and judicious administration of medications taking into account drug doses, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics.
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3 4 5
1. KNOWLEDGE Have specialised knowledge within a systematic and coherent body of knowledge that may include the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills in a new or existing discipline or professional area
2. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to review,analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge and identify and provide solutions to complex problems
3. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to think critically and to generate and evaluate complex ideas
4. SKILLS Have specialised technical and creative skills in a field of highly skilled and/or professional practice
5. SKILLS Have communication skills to demonstrate an understanding of theoretical concepts
6. SKILLS Have communication skills to transfer complex knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences
7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to make high level, independent judgements in a range of technical or management functions in varied specialised contexts
8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to initiate, plan, implement and evaluate broad functions within varied specialised technical and/or creative contexts
9. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Be responsible and accountable for personal outputs and all aspects of the work or function of others within broad parameters
10. FOUNDATIONAL KNOWLEDGE sufficient to undertake qualifications
11. ACQUISITION AND APPLICATION of knowledge in new or existing disciplines or professional areas drawn from higher education units
12. FOUNDATIONAL SKILLS sufficient to undertake qualifications
13. ACQUISITION AND APPLICATION of skills in new or existing disciplines or professional areas drawn from higher education units
14. Course content drawn from higher education units
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
Number of units: 3 Total credit points: 24

To be eligible to graduate with a Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Re-Entry) students must complete

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
NURS20160 The Nurse Professional
Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
NURS20161 Contemporary Australian Healthcare
Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
NURS20162 Clinical Nursing Practice
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AHPRA/NMBA referral

Applicants to this course must first have a referral from the AHPRA/NMBA to undertake a board approved re entry course. A certified copy of this referral will need to be supplied with your application. As the board sets a timeframe in which a course must be undertaken and successfully completed, applicants need to ensure they have the required timeframe left on their approval to undertake the entirety of the course. For information on this please go to http://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/Registration-and-Endorsement/reentry-to-practice.aspx

Clinical Placement

The unit NURS20162 Clinical Nurse Practice has a requirement of undertaking 160 hours of clinical placement in an approved health facility. It is a requirement that all students undertaking a clinical placement, submit mandatory security and health checks before they can attend.

Due to the timeframe which some of these requirements take to complete, it is vital that applicants commence this process as soon as possible. This evidence will be asked to be submitted within the first few weeks of commencing the course. Those who cannot provide all checks may be withdrawn from the unit.

Please go to the following link for details on the checks required.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1AUo5OVprk-dpHL0zgvp9Y_IhY_1A9PVFJxm-AIY-9Qk/edit