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The 21st Century has seen shifts in the nation’s health care needs. This has been influenced by an increase in chronic disease, the ageing population, global health care trends and the impact of technology on surgical and diagnostic procedures (ACN White Paper, 2016). Statistics show that 1.4 out of a total 10.2 million Australian public hospitalisations in 2014-15 were for renal dialysis, and 1 in 4 hospitalisations involved surgical intervention the majority of which were day procedures (AIHW, 2016). As health care needs become more complex the role of the acute care nurse has become more diverse as has the need for more specialised post graduate education. 

Studying the Graduate Certificate in acute care nursing with ACN will provide you with the principles required to meet the diverse needs of patients in the acute care setting, in order to improve your knowledge and skills for the provision and coordination of evidenced based patient centred care. The aim is to encourage professional and ethical understanding of clinical practice development for the improvement of patient outcomes. Our course is written by specialist nurses, for nurses and students are supported by a team of clinical experts, working within the speciality. Our unique range of elective units of study allow students to further explore a specific area of interest related to medical, surgical or renal nursing. Responding to the increase in day procedures the graduate certificate in acute care nursing now offers the opportunity to study our new day surgery nursing elective unit of study.

Intakes:

January & July

FEE-HELP

Available

DURATION

1 YR PT

STUDY MODE

Online

Graduate Certificate intakes are January and July, however you can complete selected single units of study in either the April or October terms and articulate into the next Graduate Certificate enrolment.  Call us on 1800 265 534 to discuss your study options

DESCRIPTION

Medical/Surgical Nursing

The focus of learning in this medical/surgical (generalist) stream is the nursing management of adults admitted to health care facilities with acute episodic medical-surgical conditions. Students analyse and apply their knowledge and problem-solving skills to clinical case scenarios based on commonly encountered medical-surgical problems. The units of study provide students with an opportunity to extend their ability to undertake increasingly complex nursing activities in a range of medical and surgical care settings.

Students study three core units of study and select one elective units of study.

Renal Nursing 

This stream offers opportunities for the registered nurse to enhance their knowledge and clinical expertise to the level required in a specialised renal environment. The course focuses on adults experiencing alterations in renal function and provides a comprehensive theoretical platform with a strong clinical focus. It encompasses a problem solving approach to the management of patients in all stages of chronic kidney disease and acute kidney injury. There is particular focus on systematic renal assessment, pre-dialysis preparation, renal replacement therapies, and contemporary trends in renal nursing.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

At successful completion of the course students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate provision of competent interpersonal and clinical care to patients through the acquisition, application and communication of specialist knowledge and skills which reflect professional and ethico-legal integrity
  • Identify, appraise and apply research evidence to inform nursing practice and develop professional responsibility and accountability commensurate with the specialist role 
  • Critically evaluate available knowledge in relation to complex situations to guide the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of evidence based nursing care 
  • Collaborate with the multidisciplinary team in provision of effective therapeutic relationships and continuity of care within the context of acute care nursing practice 
  • Consider strategies when caring for a culturally and linguistically diverse population and reflect on the health care team’s ability to meet the nursing and communication needs of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Create an effective clinical learning environment through demonstrating mentorship and the propagation of specialised knowledge and technical skill 
  • Demonstrate leadership through participation in policy development, service provision and quality improvement within the specialist context

UNITS OF STUDY

Code

Unit of Study

Medical Surgical

10 001 1636

Commencement date

Census date

Completion date

Individual fee*

920

Professional practice in acute care nursing

C

18 April 2017

1 May 2017

30 June 2017

Tier 1

C = Core | E = Elective (choose one elective)

Code

Unit of Study

Medical Surgical

10 001 737

Commencement date

Census date

Completion date

Individual fee*

277

Stress response and health breakdown

C

 23 January 2017

6 February 2017

31 March 2017

Tier 1

038

Principles of acute care nursing

C

18 April 2017

1 May 2017

30 June 2017

Tier 1

113

Assessing and managing adult pain

E

10 July 2017

24 July 2017

17 September 2017

Tier 2

054

Assessment of the older person

E

10 July 2017

24 July 2017

17 September 2017

Tier 2

187

Communication – applied strategies for health care professionals

E

10 July 2017

24 July 2017

17 September 2017

Tier 1

298

Day surgery nursing

10 July 2017

24 July 2017

17 September 2017

Tier 1

243

Medical imaging nursing

E

10 July 2017

24 July 2017

17 September 2017

Tier 2

117

Principles of infection control

E

10 July 2017

24 July 2017

17 September 2017

Tier 1

115

Principles of renal nursing

E

10 July 2017

24 July 2017

17 September 2017

Tier 1

036

Respiratory nursing

E

10 July 2017

24 July 2017

17 September 2017

Tier 1

092

Symptom management in advanced disease states

E

10 July 2017

24 July 2017

17 September 2017

Tier 1

050

Wound management

E

10 July 2017

24 July 2017

17 September 2017

Tier 2

920

Professional practice in acute care nursing

C

3 October 2017

16 October 2017

8 December 2017

Tier 1

C = Core | E = Elective (choose one elective)

Code

Unit of study

Core/Elective

10 001

Census date

Completion date

Individual fee

277

Stress response and health breakdown

C

10 July 2017

24 July 2017

17 September 2017

Tier 1

038

Principles of acute care nursing

C

2 October 2017

16 October 2017

8 December 2017

Tier 1

054

Assessment of the older person

E

22 January 2018

5 February 2018

30 March 2018

Tier 2

113

Assessing and managing adult pain

E

22 January 2018

5 February 2018

30 March 2018

Tier 2

187

Communication – applied strategies for health care professionals

E

22 January 2018

5 February 2018

30 March 2018

Tier 2

298

Day surgery nursing

E

22 January 2018

5 February 2018

30 March 2018

Tier 1

243

Medical imaging nursing

E

22 January 2018

5 February 2018

30 March 2018

Tier 2

117

Principles of infection control

E

22 January 2018

5 February 2018

30 March 2018

Tier 1

115

Principles of renal nursing

E

22 January 2018

5 February 2018

30 March 2018

Tier 1

036

Respiratory nursing

E

22 January 2018

5 February 2018

30 March 2018

Tier 1

092

Symptom management in advanced disease states

E

22 January 2018

5 February 2018

30 March 2018

Tier 1

050

Wound management

E

22 January 2018

5 February 2018

30 March 2018

Tier 2

920

Professional practice in acute care nursing

C

17 April 2018

30 April  2018

29 June 2018

Tier 1

C = Core

^Principles of renal nursing will run every term, dependant on minimum enrolment numbers.

~Principles of renal replacement therapy will run in term three, dependant on minimum enrolment numbers.

CodeUnit of StudyMedical Surgical

10 001 737

Commencement date

Census dateCompletion dateIndividual fee*

920

Professional practice in acute care nursing

C

18 April 2017

1 May 2017

30 June 2017

Tier 1

C = Core

~Principles of renal replacement therapy will run in term three, dependant on minimum enrolment numbers.

Code

Unit of study

Type

10 001 1636

Commencement date

Census date

Completion date

Individual fee*

277

Stress response and health breakdown

C

10 July 2017

24 July 2017

17 September 2017

Tier 1

115^

Principles of renal nursing

C

3 October 2017

16 October 2017

8 December 2017

Tier 1

233~

Principles of renal replacement therapy

C

22 January 2018

5 February 2018

30 March 2018

Tier 1

920

Professional practice in acute care nursing

C

16 April 2018

30 April 2018

29 June 2018

Tier 1

C = Core

^Principles of renal nursing will run every term, dependant on minimum enrolment numbers.

~Principles of renal replacement therapy will run in term three, dependant on minimum enrolment numbers.

WHERE THIS QUALIFICATION CAN TAKE YOU

A Graduate Certificate in Acute Care Nursing is an investment in your future and will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to ensure better outcomes for your patients and progress your career, leading to opportunities in clinical education, management and specialist nursing roles. 

Tier 1 = $2,035

Tier 2 = $2,345

Tier 3 = $2,725

Tier 4 = $3,275

*Fees are are subject to change without notice.

Enrolment Form

Graduate certificate enrolment form fee-paying

Enrolments may be available each term dependent upon course requirements and student numbers. Call customer services on 1800 265 534 for more information.

MEET YOUR NURSE EDUCATOR

Cherry Miller MACN, Nurse Educator - Higher Education

RN, Cert Critical Care, Cert Aspects Maternity Nursing, Graduate Certificate Education, CertIVTAE

Cherry Millar is the Course Coordinator for the Graduate Certificate in Acute Care Nursing (Renal and Medical /Surgical streams) Cherry's nursing background includes Critical Care, Rural and Remote, Indigenous Health and Nephrology Nursing. While Cherry has an extensive educational background she also currently practices as a Clinical Nurse Consultant in Renal Supportive care. Cherry has a particular interest in the translation of theory to practice and about keeping the 'caring in nursing'. Interests include, the 'great outdoors' in general, languages, travel and wildlife rescue - not necessarily in that order....