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"Over the coming decade, health and aged care policy in Australia will undergo major reform, planned and unplanned, as governments reposition services and resources to respond to existing and emerging demands. The role of nursing in this reform cannot be underestimated, nurses voices must be heard and influence the reform agenda. Nurses must be represented when decisions are being made about policy and reform. Nurses bring a unique perspective and understanding of the strategic and operational health system, and have an established track record of person centred care. Nurse led innovation and new models of care have enabled greater access and delivery of services, while maintaining high levels of quality and safety. Nurses must be supported to ensure they are able to contribute to their full potential, be that at the bedside or the boardroom.”

ACN White Paper 2016

Aged Care Nursing

Studying aged care nursing with ACN will provide you with the principles of aged care nursing practice in order to improve your knowledge and skills for the provision and coordination of evidenced based patient centred nursing care for the older person. The aim is to encourage professional and ethical understanding of clinical practice development for the improvement of patient outcomes as highlighted in our white paper. 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 blend of electives allow students to further explore a specific area of interest related to areas such as continence and wound management. 

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

The Graduate Certificate in Aged Care Nursing studies the complex needs of the older person being cared for within diverse health care environments. The aim of this course is to strengthen and develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes of nurses caring for the older adult. The course provides an advanced grounding in methods of research, in addition to developing the theoretical and practical aspects of management, clinical practice and education in aged care nursing. The single units of study in this course draw upon the student’s nursing experience in aged care and combine this experience with theory, current research and best practice guidelines to enhance the student’s specialist knowledge and skills, critical thinking and analysis abilities and clinical decision-making within aged care environments.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

This course is designed to develop specific learning outcomes. Students will:

  • Integrate specialist knowledge, assessment skills and information to support an improved standard of client care
  • Develop enhanced clinical decision making skills using multiple modes of enquiry and collaborative approaches
  • Establish and maintain effective therapeutic relationships with aged care clients, families, professional colleagues and stakeholders
  • Demonstrate professional leadership and educational skills
  • Critically analyse literature and develop evidence based nursing practice in aged care
  • Promote the professional aged care nurse’s role within the multi-disciplinary team
  • Advocate for clients within all aged care environments

UNITS OF STUDY

CODEUNIT OF STUDYTYPE10 003 1852
COMMENCEMENT DATE
CENSUS DATECOMPLETION DATEINDIVIDUAL FEE*
054Assessment of the older personC22 January 20185 February 20181 April 2018Tier 2
055Clinical issues in care of the older personC16 April 201830 April 201824 June 2018Tier 2
045*Continence managementE9 July 201823 July 201816 September 2018Tier 4
053Healthy ageingE9 July 201823 July 201816 September 2018Tier 2
113Assessing and managing adult painE9 July 201823 July 201816 September 2018Tier 1
050Wound managementE9 July 201823 July 201816 September 2018Tier 2
064Dementia careE9 July 201823 July 201816 September 2018Tier 2
117Principles of infection controlE9 July 201823 July 201816 September 2018Tier 1
903Professional issues in aged care nursingC1 October 201815 October 20189 December 2018Tier 2

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

CODEUNIT OF STUDYTYPE10 003 17501
COMMENCEMENT DATE
CENSUS DATECOMPLETION DATEINDIVIDUAL FEE*
054Assessment of the older personC10 July 201724 July 201717 September 2017Tier 2
055Clinical issues in care of the older personC2 October 201716 October 20178 December 2017Tier 2
045*Continence managementE22 January 20185 February 20181 April 2018Tier 4
050Wound managementE22 January 20185 February 20181 April 2018Tier 2
064Dementia careE22 January 20185 February 20181 April 2018Tier 2
113Assessing and managing adult painE22 January 20185 February 20181 April 2018Tier 1
903Professional issues in aged care nursingC16 April 201830 April  201824 June 2018Tier 2

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

045

Professional experience placement 40hrs

WHERE THIS QUALIFICATION CAN TAKE YOU

A Graduate Certificate in Aged 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. It is designed to empower nurses to become clinical and professional leaders required for the predicted reforms in health and aged care.

Units commencing or have commenced in 2017

TiersPrice
Tier 1$2,035
Tier 2$2,345
Tier 3$2,725
Tier 4$3,275

Units commencing in 2018

TiersPrice
Tier 1$2,100
Tier 2$2,420
Tier 3$2,800
Tier 4$3,375

*Fees are subject to change without notice.

Entry Requirements And General Information

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

Trish Lowe MACN, Nurse Educator – Higher Education

RN, RM, BNurs, Grad Dip Mid, MMid, GC Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing, CertIVTAE, Immunisation for RNs

Trish is responsible for the coordination of our Graduate Certificates in Neonatal Care and Aged Care Nursing. Trish is committed to advancing nurse leadership and advocating for the nursing and midwifery profession, by equipping nurses and midwives with the knowledge they require, to meet their mandatory registration requirements, especially pertaining to recency of practice and continuing professional development.