Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice (Neonatal Intensive Care)

Area of Study Type of Course Level of Study
Nursing Practice Award Graduate Certificate

Course

Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice (Neonatal Intensive Care)

Course Code

GC-NPNICU

Course Abbreviation

GCert Nursing Practice (NIC)

Partner Faculty

MDHS / Melbourne School of Health Sciences and The Royal Womens Hospital in the area of clinical speciality.

Background

A review of the specialist nursing programs offered by the University of Melbourne has recently been completed. The aim of the review was to develop a suite of programs that:

  • leverage The University of Melbourne’s unique expertise and teaching strengths in nursing;
  • leverage the unique specialisations and skills in nursing practice available in the hospital system;
  • offer a program that more easily enables practicing nurses to participate and their employers to support them in their development; and,
  • creates clear pathways to further study

The result is a suite of seven Graduate Certificates in Nursing Practice, each with a specific nursing specialisation, delivered in partnership with a number of Centres of Excellence, all providing rigorous and high quality education and training, and with a clear pathway to Masters level study in Nursing at the University of Melbourne.

Course Description

The Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice (Neonatal Intensive Care) is a 50 credit point, part-time, clinical coursework program of one year's duration. Students typically take four 12.5 credit point subjects across a year. Admission is based on a Bachelor of Nursing degree (or equivalent training), at least one year of clinical experience in an acute care setting within the five years prior to applying for the course, and current employment and clinical support in a Neonatal Intensive Care work environment.

The course delivers theoretical content through a combination of on-line study and face-to-face course delivery at the partner hospital for the clinical speciality. The students’ employing hospital provides clinical practice in a hospital setting.

Students complete 50 credit points of study part-time, over a year, commencing in January with an on-line subject, completing a face-to-face subject at the partner hospital each semester and a supervised clinical practice subject at their employing hospital across the whole study period.

Delivery Mode

The course is delivered through a combination of on-line and face-to-face delivery.

Subject

Delivery Mode

Applied Pathophysiology

Fully on-line delivery

Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing 1

Face-to-face delivery at Centre of Excellence

Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing 2

Face-to-face delivery at Centre of Excellence

Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing Practice

Supervised clinical practice at students’ employing hospital and attendance at Centre of Excellence

Applicants must ensure that the computer and device they use to access course materials and undertake assessment on-line are suitable. Check the system requirements and perform a system test.

It is common for students to access course information from a range of computers and devices, and they must all be checked to ensure that they allow full functionality. In particular, hospital computer systems may have firewalls in place that do not allow full access and you should alert your IT administrator to these requirements well in advance of needing access using work based computers.

Who Should Apply

Admission is based on a Bachelor of Nursing degree (or equivalent training), at least one year of clinical experience in an acute care setting within the five years prior to applying for the course, and current employment and clinical support in a Neonatal Intensive Care work environment.

Applicants must be registered nurses and have the support of their employing hospital for the Nursing Practice subject (Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing Practice), and the employing hospital must be equipped to support the student to complete their studies.

International nurses with a working visa who meet the course entry requirements are also eligible to apply.

Subjects

To graduate from the Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice (Neonatal Intensive Care) requires successful completion of 4 x 12.5 point subjects. Applied Pathophysiology is a pre-requisite subject and must be successfully completed to allow enrolment in the other course subjects.

Subject

Brief description

Applied Pathophysiology

(12.5 points)

This subject provides a foundation for understanding the pathologic basis of disease across the lifespan. It equips learners with the knowledge and skills required to explain assessment data and prioritise patient care in a specialty area of practice based on scientific principles.

Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing 1

(12.5 points)

This subject is designed to promote an understanding of the theoretical aspects of Neonatal nursing to support safe practice in caring for neonatal patients. Students will explore the impact of hospitalisation on neonates and their families, and understand assessment of the neonatal patient and common neonatal conditions responsible for preterm delivery and care of the sick neonate in hospital. In particular this subject will focus on nutritional requirements, fluid and electrolyte maintenance of the neonate, neonatal respiratory illness, neonatal care and principles of growth and development, which underpin accurate assessment of the newborn and infant

Interventions initiated by nurses at a beginning level of practice will be described in terms of the research evidence underpinning practice as well as the technical and scientific knowledge that is a pre-requisite for skill development.

Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing 2

(12.5 points)

This subject is designed to consolidate and extend the understanding of theoretical aspects of neonatal nursing. It builds on the knowledge and skills learnt in Neonatal Nursing 1 and expand the students’ knowledge with regard to the range of patients encountered in neonatal practice settings.

Students will build on assessment skills and theoretical knowledge to include assessment and management of the neonatal surgical patient and the assessment and management of specific physical and psychological illness states.

There is a continued emphasis on scientific principles and research evidence underpinning practice and further developing of skills in problem-solving, critical thinking, rational inquiry and self-directed learning to solve patient management problems in specialty practice.

Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing Practice

(12.5 points)

This subject provides students with the opportunity to integrate knowledge gained in the theoretical subjects with clinical practice in the neonatal intensive care setting. The subject provides a comprehensive approach to neonatal nursing care through understanding principles of illness/health management relating to the infant, child, adolescent and family. The students develop skills of assessment and management principles which enable them to progress to a more advanced level of practice. Students are given the opportunity to plan and coordinate care for patients with a wide variety of problems. There is a continued emphasis on scientific principles and research evidence underpinning practice and further developing of skills in problem-solving, critical thinking, rational inquiry and self-directed learning to solve patient management problems in specialty practice.

The practical component is in the form of a learning contract whereby students address learning objectives. Learning objectives focus on undertaking accurate assessment of the neonatal patient and relating the underlying physiological and pathophysiological processes to assessment data; applying theoretical knowledge to technical skill development; developing evidence-based evaluations to the practice of caring for patients in the paediatric setting and developing skills in sharing knowledge with peers.

Assessment

The course is rigorously assessed. Further details of assessment are contained in individual subject guides that are provided to enrolled students.

Applied Pathophysiology (12.5 points):

Type of Assessment (Including Extent/Duration)

Timing of Assessment

Assessment %

4 online MCQ quizzes

(30 mins each)

Week 2 - Week 7

(every 2 weeks)

40%

Written assignment (2000 words)

Week 5

60%

2 online MCQ quizzes
(15 minutes each)

Week 1 & Week 8

Hurdle Requirement

Additional Requirements: Student must achieve 50% or greater in all quizzes and the written assignment and sum of both assessments must be 50% or greater to pass the subject.

Note: Specific details regarding assessment tasks are provided on the LMS at the beginning of week 1.

Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing 1 (12.5 points):

Type of Assessment (Including Extent/Duration)

Timing of Assessment

Assessment %

Written assignment (2000 words)

Week 6

30%

Written assignment (2000 words)

Week 11

30%

Closed-book Test 1 (20 mins)

Week 3-5

15%

Closed-book Test 2 (50 mins) Week 8-10 25%

Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing 2 (12.5 points):

Type of Assessment (Including Extent/Duration)

Timing of Assessment

Assessment %

Written assignment (2000 words)

Week 6

30%

Written assignment (2000 words)

Week 11

30%

Closed-book Test 1 (20 mins)

Week 3-5

15%

Closed-book Test 2 (50 mins) Week 8-10 25%

Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing Practice (12.5 points):

Type of Assessment (Including Extent/Duration)

Timing of Assessment

Assessment %

6 x Clinical Skills Assessments

Distributed evenly across the year

Hurdle

Clinical performance appraisal

(minimum of 2)

1 per semester

Hurdle

Reflective essay x 1 (1000 words) Week 30 20%

Patient Assessment and Care Plan x 2 (2000 words)

1 per semester

40% x 2

Note: Specific details regarding assessment tasks are provided on the LMS at the beginning of week 1.

Pathways to Further Study

Applied Pathophysiology is a pre-requisite subject for the Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice. Students that successfully complete this subject and associated assessment may be eligible for credit into the Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice.

Credit into the Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice is dependent on:

  • Meeting the course entry requirements
  • Subject equivalence at the time credit is sought

Students that successfully complete the Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice may apply for entry into the Master of Advanced Nursing Practice.

Students may also be interested in:

Master of Advanced Nursing Practice

Master of Advanced Nursing Practice (Nurse Practitioner)

Master of Advanced Nursing (for International Students)

Additional Information

Dorothy Jean Ineke Nursing Scholarship

Two scholarships/awards of $7,500 each will be awarded to the two top performing students in the subject Applied Pathophysiology who are enrolled in the Graduate Certificate of Nursing Practice 2018 and not in receipt of a Commonwealth Supported Place.
The scholarships will be awarded in April 2018.

Recruitment and Application Process Map
Pathways from Specialist to Advanced Nursing
Frequently Asked Questions

STUDENT ORIENTATION FOR 2018
Save the Date: Wednesday 6 December 2017
Time: 9.00am - 12.00pm
Medical Building, Level 3, Room 312, ESJ King Theatre

Academic and Teaching Team

The academic team is led by Associate Professor Marie Gerdtz (the University of Melbourne).

Marie will be supported by a team of Course and Subject Coordinators drawn from the University of Melbourne, Centres of Excellence and Hospital Partners to ensure a quality and consistent teaching and learning experience for nursing students.

Entry Requirements

Admission requirements for all specialty and advanced practice courses:

  • A Bachelor of Nursing (or equivalent training)
  • At least one year of clinical experience as a Registered Nurse within the five years in an acute care setting prior to applying for the course
  • Current unrestricted registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (courses with clinical components only);
  • Current employment and clinical support in your specialty area
  • meet the University of Melbourne's English language requirements

Applicants for the Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice must provide evidence of current clinical employment and support from their employing hospital. There are two ways this can be provided:

If the applicants employing hospital is a designated Partner Hospital, then the applicant is expected to be included in the Partner Hospitals’ approved students and nominated Nursing Practice Supervisor list.

If the applicants employing hospital is not a designated Partner Hospital, then a form providing details of the nominated Nursing Practice Supervisor and confirmation of employing Hospital support needs to be completed and submitted with the application.

*Please note, all applications are subject to the nomination process.*

Course Fees

Course fees for 2017

Student Type

Subject Fee

Total Course fee

Local Students

$2,372

$9,488

International Students with a working Visa

$3,684

$14,736

Fees are subject to an annual increase.

Fee Inclusions

Fees include tuition, course materials and access to on-line resources.

Fees to do not include the prescribed text for the course.

This text needs to be purchased prior to commencing the Applied Pathophysiology subject. Applicants who accept a place on the course will be provided with information to obtain this text at a discounted price direct from the publisher.

As enrolled students of the University of Melbourne, students have access to a range of facilities and amenities provided by the University of Melbourne.

FEE HELP

Fee-Help is available for this course. It is a loan from the Australian Government to cover tuition fees and is available to Australian Citizens only.

Key Dates

Semester Study Periods

Subject Delivery Period

2017

Semester

Start Date

End Date

Applied Pathophysiology

Summer Semester

03/01/2017

24/02/2017

Foundations 1

Semester 1

27/02/2017

23/06/2017

Foundations 2

Semester 2

24/07/2017

17/11/2017

Nursing Practice

All Year (Across Semester 1 and 2)

27/02/2017

17/11/2017

Delivery Dates and Times

Coursework Attendance Dates and Duration

Semester 1

Coursework Attendance Date 2017

Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing 1

6th March

27th March

8th May

Duration (hours)

8

8

8

Semester 2

     

Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing 2

24th July

14th August

2nd October

Duration (hours)

8

8

8

Semester 1 & 2

     

Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing Practice

20th March

10th April

7th August

Duration (hours)

6

6

6

 

4th September

   

Duration (hours)

6

   

*Please note: these dates are indicative and subject to change.

Delivery Venue

Face-to-face delivery of course material will be at the nominated Centre of Excellence in Melbourne.
Specific location information will be provided to enrolled students.

Related courses and subjects

Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice (Cancer and Palliative Care)
Graduate Certificate in  Nursing Practice (Critical Care)
Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice (Emergency)
Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice (Paediatrics)
Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice (Paediatric Intensive Care)
Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice (Rural Critical Care)

Contact

Program Co-ordinator: Elizabeth Soares

Phone: (03) 9035 9608