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.
January & July
1 YR PT
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
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.
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.
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 1839|
|CENSUS DATE||COMPLETION DATE||INDIVIDUAL FEE*|
|277||Stress response and health breakdown||C||22 January 2018||5 February 2018||1 April 2018||Tier 1|
|038||Principles of acute care nursing||C||16 April 2018||30 April 2018||24 June 2018||Tier 1|
|113||Assessing and managing adult pain||E||9 July 2018||23 July 2018||16 September 2018||Tier 2|
|054||Assessment of the older person||E||9 July 2018||23 July 2018||16 September 2018||Tier 2|
|187||Communication – applied strategies for health care professionals||E||9 July 2018||23 July 2018||16 September 2018||Tier 1|
|298||Day surgery nursing||E||9 July 2018||23 July 2018||16 September 2018||Tier 1|
|243||Medical imaging nursing||E||9 July 2018||23 July 2018||16 September 2018||Tier 2|
|117||Principles of infection control||E||9 July 2018||23 July 2018||16 September 2018||Tier 1|
|115||Principles of renal nursing||E||9 July 2018||23 July 2018||16 September 2018||Tier 1|
|092||Symptom management in advanced disease states||E||9 July 2018||23 July 2018||16 September 2018||Tier 1|
|050||Wound management||E||9 July 2018||23 July 2018||16 September 2018||Tier 2|
|920||Professional practice in acute care nursing||C||1 October 2018||15 October 2018||9 December 2018||Tier 1|
C = Core | E = Elective (choose one elective)
|CODE||UNIT OF STUDY||CORE/ELECTIVE||10 001 1840 COMMENCEMENT DATE||CENSUS DATE||COMPLETION DATE||INDIVIDUAL FEE|
|277||Stress response and health breakdown||C||9 July 2018||23 July 2018||16 September 2018||Tier 1|
|038||Principles of acute care nursing||C||1 October 2018||15 October 2018||9 December 2018||Tier 1|
|054||Assessment of the older person||E||21 January 2019||4 February 2019||31 March 2019||Tier 2|
|113||Assessing and managing adult pain||E||21 January 2019||4 February 2019||31 March 2019||Tier 2|
|187||Communication – applied strategies for health care professionals||E||21 January 2019||4 February 2019||31 March 2019||Tier 1|
|298||Day surgery nursing||E||21 January 2019||4 February 2019||31 March 2019||Tier 1|
|243||Medical imaging nursing||E||21 January 2019||4 February 2019||31 March 2019||Tier 2|
|117||Principles of infection control||E||21 January 2019||4 February 2019||31 March 2019||Tier 1|
|115||Principles of renal nursing||E||21 January 2019||4 February 2019||31 March 2019||Tier 1|
|092||Symptom management in advanced disease states||E||21 January 2019||4 February 2019||31 March 2019||Tier 2|
|050||Wound management||E||21 January 2019||4 February 2019||31 March 2019||Tier 2|
|920||Professional practice in acute care nursing||C||15 April 2018||29 April 2018||23 June 2018||Tier 1|
C = Core | E = Elective (choose one elective)
^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.
Units commencing or have commenced in 2017
Units commencing in 2018
*Fees are subject to change without notice.
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....