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Graduate Certificate in Acute Care Nursing

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This course provides registered nurses with the knowledge and skills for a specialist role as an advanced acute care nurse. The course helps students to critically evaluate their practice and incorporate research findings and technologies as appropriate. Students study topics that reflect health phenomena that are common across acute care illnesses requiring medical and/or surgical intervention, as well as the principles of managing patients who become acutely ill and unstable. Students learn to recognise and support the unique characteristics of the acute care patient population and are able to practise safely and competently as acute care nurses. The knowledge, skills and expertise gained enable students to enhance the quality of care for patients and their families. Students also develop skills to actively contribute to the professional development of others and use research in order to make informed decisions about nursing practice.
Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies. Applicants must hold current registration as a nurse in Australia. Registered nurses who do not have an undergraduate diploma or degree but do have recent relevant work experience and can demonstrate the capacity to undertake tertiary study may also be considered eligible. Applicants must hold a current Authority to Practise, or be a registered nurse in their own country or place of residence and hold a current Authority to Practise. Applicants must have concurrent employment in, or access to, the area of study and one year of post-registration clinical experience. Students' current nursing/midwifery registration will be confirmed via the National Register of Practitioners at: Students should ensure that details of their registration are up-to-date on this register.
Students are required to complete a total of 24 credit points of study, comprising four specified nursing subjects. There are structured work-based learning opportunities for students who are employees of Northern Sydney Central Coast Health, Concord Hospital or St George Hospital. These students may undertake a Clinical Accreditation Program (CAP) with their employer. This is at no cost to participants. Students who successfully complete the CAP are awarded an exemption from 92869 Specialty Clinical Practice. This course is offered on a one-year, part-time basis. Subjects are offered via on-campus study days, workshops in a high-fidelity simulation laboratory and online learning. Part-time study is usually undertaken at the rate of two subjects a semester. The normal attendance per subject is four full days on campus spread over the semester.

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Graduate Certificate In Acute Care Nursing
Organisation Name University of Technology, Sydney
Course Venue Kuring-gai campus
Qualification Level Post Grad
Course Category Nursing
Course Duration 1 year part-time
Study Type Full-time,Part-time
Delivery Online and Classroom