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It is estimated that 16,084 new cases of Breast cancer will be diagnosed in 2016, advances in treatments mean that there is now a 90% chance of surviving at least 5 years from diagnosis (Cancer Australia 2016).

Studying Breast Cancer Nursing with ACN will provide you with the principles of breast cancer nursing in order to improve your knowledge and skills for the provision and coordination of evidenced based breast cancer 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 electives allow students to further explore a specific area of interest related to Breast Cancer Nursing.

ACN has proudly been providing education to McGrath Foundation nurses since 2013. 

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 course aligns with the Specialist Breast Nurse Competency Standards and associated educational requirements (NBCC 2005) and the National educational framework for cancer nurses (EdCaN 2009). It responds to industry requirements by preparing graduates for specialist breast cancer nursing roles within the wide scope of breast cancer care. 

Through critical analysis and reflection students are given the opportunity to evaluate their clinical and educational requirements to promote professional development for Specialist Breast Cancer Nursing care and lifelong learning. The course also supports development in clinical leadership roles such as clinical nurse specialists, clinical nurse consultants or breast cancer nurse coordinators. The course focus includes the continuum of breast cancer care, evidence based practice, future trends and the impact of breast cancer on individuals, their families and communities.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

This course is designed to develop an understanding of breast cancer nursing with a strong clinical focus. It enables students to:

  • Demonstrate specialist knowledge that informs evidence based breast cancer nursing practice for the provision and coordination of patient care 
  • Develop specialist clinical practice and advance their clinical decision making skills for the assessment and management of patients with breast cancer 
  • Engage in and maintain effective therapeutic relationships with patients, their significant others and other members of the multidisciplinary care team 
  • Develop professional and educational leadership skills to provide support for other clinicians and provide an overall contribution to the multi-disciplinary breast cancer care team 
  • Critically analyse current literature and nursing practice to provide evidence based contemporary care for patients diagnosed with breast cancer 
  • Examine their ability to reflect on personal and professional values and attitudes in relation to the care of patients with breast cancer and their families and carers

UNITS OF STUDY

Code

Unit of study

Type

10 004 1715

Commencement date

Census date

Completion date

Individual fee* 

112Breast CancersC23 January 20176 February 201731 March 2017Tier 2

279

Breast cancer treatments

C

18 April 2017

1 May 2017

30 June 2017

Tier 2

092

Symptom management in advanced disease states

E

10 July 2017

24 July 2017

17 September 2017

Tier 1

187

Communication: Applied strategies for health care professionals

E

10 July 2017

24 July 2017

17 September 2017

Tier 1

217

Chemotherapy and other systemic treatments in cancer care

E

10 July 2017

24 July 2017

17 September 2017

Tier 1

113

Assessing and managing adult pain

E

10 July 2017

24 July 2017

17 September 2017

Tier 1

280

Continuum of care in breast cancer nursing

C

3 October 2017

16 October 2017

8 December 2017

Tier 2

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

Code

Unit of study

Core/Elective

10 004 1716

Commencement date

Census date

Completion date

Individual fee

112

Breast Cancers

C

10 July 2017

24 July 2017

17 September 2017

Tier 2

279

Breast cancer treatments

C

3 October 2017

16 October 2017

8 December 2017

Tier 2

092

Symptom management in advanced disease states

E

22 January 2018

5 February 2018

30 March 2018

Tier 1

187

Communication: Applied strategies for health care professionals

E

22 January 2018

5 February 2018

30 March 2018

Tier 1

217

Chemotherapy and other systemic treatments in cancer care

E

22 January 2018

5 February 2018

30 March 2018

Tier 1

113

Assessing and managing adult pain

E

22 January 2018

5 February 2018

30 March 2018

Tier 1

280

Continuum of care in breast cancer nursing

C

17 April 2018

30 April  2018

24 June 2018

Tier 2

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

WHERE THIS QUALIFICATION CAN TAKE YOU

A Graduate Certificate in Breast Cancer 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

McGrath Foundation Nurses Enrolment Form

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

Testimonial

The ACN has been providing education to McGrath Breast Care Nurses since 2013.

The Graduate Certificate in Breast Care Nursing that we encourage our nurses to complete provides specialist knowledge that has a strong clinical foundation that builds on and leverages existing knowledge and skills and ultimately contributes to evidence based best-practice.

The course is also aligned with breast care nursing competency frameworks and nationally recognised educational frameworks, which is very reassuring. Course content spans the breadth of the breast cancer experience with a focus on multidisciplinary well-coordinated care. The embedding of leadership capabilities throughout each module allows our nurses to expand their skill base and develop competencies in for example, communication and team work-vital aspects of their roles. Feedback from our nurses has always been extremely positive in relation to course content, materials and support.

- Dr Lesley Halliday
Senior Manager, Mission Programmes, McGrath Foundation 

MEET YOUR NURSE EDUCATOR

Musette Healey MACN, Nurse Educator – Higher Education

MACN, RN, BN, MEd GradDip Nursing (Infant, Child & Youth Health) Cert IV TA, Member CNSA, Member PCNA

Musette coordinates our Graduate Certificates in Cancer Nursing and Breast Cancer Nursing, and the Breast Care Nurse Practicum program. Musette has worked in the cancer and palliative care arena for 15 years and is also passionate about education as a key component to ensuring quality nursing care, improved patient outcomes and nurse satisfaction.