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It is estimated that there will be 130,466 new cases of cancer diagnosed in 2016, advances in treatments mean that there is now a 67% chance of surviving at least 5 years from diagnosis (Cancer Australia 2016). 

Cancer nursing

Studying Cancer Nursing with ACN will provide you with the principles of cancer nursing in order to improve your knowledge and skills for the provision and coordination of evidenced based 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 Cancer Nursing.

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 National Educational Framework for Cancer Nurses (EdCaN) and responds to industry requirements for flexible multifaceted practitioners who are able to practice in various cancer environments as well as preparing graduates for specialist cancer nursing roles within the wide scope of cancer nursing.

Students engage in the planning, development and evaluation of their own clinical and educational requirements to promote lifelong learning through critical analysis and reflection of their student experiences. Graduates can use their extended knowledge in clinical specialties to develop their career pathway and can go on to seek employment in various specialist cancer nursing areas and leadership roles such as clinical nurse specialists, clinical nurse consultants or cancer nurse coordinators. The focus is on evidence based practice for the prevention, diagnosis, pathology and treatments of cancer. The continuum of care is addressed from a multidisciplinary team approach from diagnosis, primary care to include follow-up care, survivorship and palliative care. Future treatment trends and the exploration of the impact on the individual, family and community are included.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

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

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

UNITS OF STUDY

Code

Unit of study

Type

10 005 1627

Commencement date

Census date

Completion date

Individual fee*

917

Professional practice in cancer nursing

C

18 April 2017

1 May 2017

30 June 2017

Tier 2

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

Code

Unit of study

Type

10 005 1728

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

217

Chemotherapy and other systemic treatments in cancer care

C

18 April 2017

1 May 2017

30 June 2017

Tier 1

092

Symptom management in advanced disease states

E

10 July 2017

24 July 2017

17 September 2017

Tier 1

112

Breast cancers

E

10 July 2017

24 July 2017

17 September 2017

Tier 2

113

Assessing and managing adult pain

E

10 July 2017

24 July 2017

17 September 2017

Tier 1

185

Haematology nursing*

E

10 July 2017

24 July 2017

17 September 2017

Tier 2

186

Blood and marrow transplantation*

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

917

Professional practice in cancer nursing

C

3 October 2017

16 October 2017

8 December 2017

Tier 2

* Availability to be advised

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

Code

Unit of study

Core/Elective

10 005 1729

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

217

Chemotherapy and other systemic treatments in cancer care

C

3 October 2017

16 October 2017

8 December 2017

Tier 1

092

Symptom management in advanced disease states

E

22 January 2018

5 February 2018

30 March 2018

Tier 1

112

Breast cancers

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 1

185

Haematology nursing*

E

22 January 2018

5 February 2018

30 March 2018

Tier 2

186

Blood and marrow transplantation*

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 1

917

Professional practice in cancer nursing

C

17 April 2018

30 April  2018

24 June 2018

Tier 2

* Availability to be advised

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

WHERE THIS QUALIFICATION CAN TAKE YOU

A Graduate Certificate in 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.

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

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.