Breast Cancer Nurse Practicum
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The Westmead Breast Cancer Institute in collaboration with the Australian College of Nursing (ACN) developed this program to support rural and remote nurses to gain a better understanding of the clinical diagnosis and management of patients with breast cancer, within a multidisciplinary setting. This program offers students the opportunity to access blended learning through a 5 day face to face program in a speciality unit, with learning supported by access to online resources. During the program students can expect to gain the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to provide holistic care to the patient experiencing breast cancer specifically in the areas of:

  • screening and diagnosing breast cancer
  • the psychological impact of breast cancer
  • breast cancer treatments and managing their effects
  • the role of the breast care nurse in coordination of care for breast cancer patients
  • reconstructive surgery
  • the genetics and pathology of breast cancer.


Monday 10 February – Friday 14 February 2020

Monday 18 May – Friday 22 May 2020

Monday 7 September – Friday 11 September 2020

How to enrol

To enrich learning and enable access to clinical areas, numbers for each intake are limited. All successful applications will be placed on a waitlist for the next available date. Students will have successfully completed the ACN course 112 Breast Cancers (or equivalent); or can demonstrate sufficient clinical experience in breast care nursing.


Westmead Breast Cancer Institute
Level 1, Block F, Westmead Hospital
Cnr Hawkesbury & Darcy Rd
Westmead NSW 2145

Contact us

Customer Services, Australian College of Nursing
P: 02 9745 7500
F: 02 6282 3565

This program is supported by the McGrath Foundation.

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