Graduate Certificate in Paediatric Nursing
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Duration

1 Year Part-time

Study mode

Online

Intakes

January & July

FEE-HELP

Available

“The number of Australian children has increased over the past four decades and is projected to increase to 5.2 million by 2038.” (AIHW, 2012). “Whilst indicators show that mortality rates are improving more needs to be done to bridge the gap amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and those in lower socioeconomic environments.” (AIHW, 2012).

Studying with ACN will provide you with the principles of acute paediatric nursing in order to improve your knowledge and skills for the provision and coordination of evidenced based collaborative 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 blend of electives allow students to further explore a many areas of interest related to paediatric nursing such as pain management, emergency and intensive care.

Course overview

The Graduate Certificate in Paediatric Nursing Studies is designed to meet the educational needs of nurses working within the diverse contexts of contemporary paediatric health care.

The course aims to cultivate excellence in the provision of nursing care to sick infants, children and young adults, within a family-focussed framework. Through the exploration and integration of theoretical knowledge and clinical nursing, graduates are prepared for practice as specialist paediatric nurses within multidisciplinary health care teams.

The course is designed to foster a purposeful and child-centred approach that makes a real difference to children’s services and student career satisfaction. This course is aimed at those with an interest in pursuing paediatric studies from a variety of perspectives.

There are three specialist streams to meet the individual needs of students, allowing nurses within these areas to share a common body of knowledge, while also advancing their specialty knowledge and expertise. These streams are: General Paediatrics, Paediatric Emergency and Paediatric Intensive Care.

Career outcomes

A Graduate Certificate in Paediatric Nursing Studies 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.

Completion of this course will enable the student to:

  • demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes required of the paediatric nurse within their specialty context, and benchmark against appropriate professional standards
  • analyse complex clinical problems using critical thinking/clinical reasoning skills, multiple modes of inquiry and a collaborative approach
  • critically evaluate nursing practice against research and current literature, to identify potential areas of practice development, and support the provision of contemporary evidence based paediatric nursing care
  • develop and utilise a variety of communication skills in order to establish effective interpersonal relationships with children, their families and the interdisciplinary health care team
  • model the skills and abilities that provide a foundation for future leadership roles, including reflective practice, knowledge sharing and a commitment to lifelong learning
  • identify and discuss the legal, ethical and cultural issues affecting paediatric patients and their families, thereby providing safe, holistic and family centred health care.

Maximise your qualification

Once you’ve completed the Graduate Certificate in Paediatric Nursing, you could be one year of study* from an online Master of Nursing with University of Canberra (UC). Develop advanced knowledge and skills in leadership, management, research, health-care improvement and evidence-based practice. Gain 12 credit points from your previous studies with ACN towards UC’s Master of Nursing, with only one year of study* needed to complete your degree. Study at your own pace with a degree that’s entirely online and convenient for you.

ACN graduates may be eligible for advanced standing in Master Programs of other universities.

*Based on a fulltime study load.

The Graduate Certificate in Paediatric Nursing is a one year course, consisting of four 10-week terms.

Students will need to choose 1 stream – General Paediatrics, Paediatric Emergency or Paediatric Intensive Care. Students will need to complete 4 units, either 2 core and 2 electives (General stream) or 2 core, 1 specialty and 1 elective units (Emergency and Intensive Care streams). One unit is studied per term.

Approximate hours of study are 12 – 15 hours per week.

Units of study

General Paediatrics

The aim of the general paediatric stream is to challenge and extend the knowledge base, skills and attitudes of those working as generalist paediatric nurses in a variety of contexts. The focus of this stream is the holistic and family focused assessment of infants, children and adolescents using growth and development and normal anatomy and physiology as a foundation for learning. Nursing interventions that are linked with positive evidence- based clinical outcomes will be explored. The units of study in this stream offer flexibility to meet the needs of paediatric nurses working in several contexts. Students select the two core units of study and two elective units of study.

Unit typeUnit name & pricing

Course codes
10 012 1930 (July 2019 intake)
10 012 2031 (January 2020 intake)

Term 1 - CorePrinciples of Acute Paediatric Nursing (138), Tier 1
Term 2 - ElectiveChoose one elective from the following:
Term 3 - ElectiveChoose one elective from the following:
Term 4 - CoreLeadership and Professional Practice (925), Tier 2
*Family and Child Health (040) requires 40 hours clinical placement.

Paediatric Emergency

The paediatric emergency stream is designed to develop the specialist knowledge and skills required by nurses caring for infants, children and adolescents presenting to the emergency department. The units of study In this stream provide the student with a broad understanding of the science and practice of paediatric emergency and trauma care. Students select the two core units of study, one specialty unit of study and one elective unit of study.

Unit typeUnit name & pricing

Course codes
10 012 1930 (July 2019 intake)
10 012 2031 (January 2020 intake)

Term 1 - CorePrinciples of Acute Paediatric Nursing (138), Tier 1
Term 2 - Specialty ElectivePaediatric Emergency Nursing (057), Tier 1
Term 3 - ElectiveChoose one elective from the following:
Term 4 - CoreLeadership and Professional Practice (925), Tier 2

Paediatric Intensive Care

The paediatric intensive care stream provides the advances knowledge and skills required by nurses providing care to critically ill infants, children and adolescents. The stream aims to develop the students’ ability to assess and manage the complex conditions admitted to the paediatric intensive care unit and to confidently manage the multiple technologies used to support these patients. Students select the two core units of study, one specialty unit of study and one elective unit of study.

Unit typeUnit name & pricing

Course codes
10 012 1930 (July 2019 intake)
10 012 2031 (January 2020 intake)

Term 1 - CorePrinciples of Acute Paediatric Nursing (138), Tier 1
Term 2 - Specialty ElectivePaediatric Intensive Care Nursing (139), Tier 1
Term 3 - ElectiveChoose one elective from the following:
Term 4 - CoreLeadership and Professional Practice (925), Tier 2

ACN offers two intakes per year in January and July. Important dates including start and census dates can be found here.

Flexible intakes in April and October may be available, please contact our Customer Services team for further details.

Fees

Tiers2019 Non-member price2019 Member price (10% discount)2020 Non-member price2020 Member price (10% discount)
Tier 1$2,165.00$1,948.50$2,230.00$2,007.00
Tier 2$2,475.00$2,227.50$2,550.00$2,295.00
Tier 3$2,915.00$2,623.50$2,995.00$2,695.50
Tier 4$3,475.00$3,127.50$3,580.00$3,222.00

Fees are subject to change without notice.

ACN offers a flexible payment option allowing students to pay their fees on a term-by-term basis. Each term’s fees are due upfront, prior to term commencement.

FEE-HELP is also available for eligible students. Further information can be found here.

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Admission to GC courses is based on academic merit and selection. In addition, applicants must satisfy any prerequisites or additional requirements specified for particular courses, including ACN’s general eligibility criteria.

All applicants seeking admission are required to:

  • hold a Bachelor of Nursing or registered nurse* equivalent qualification
  • be currently registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) or the equivalent registering authority in your country of origin
  • have a minimum of one year postgraduate experience
  • be currently employed in an appropriate clinical setting.

*For some GC units of study, consideration may be given for applicants who are not registered nurses on an individual basis.

Clinical placements

Anyone applying for an ACN course that includes a clinical placement must provide evidence of compliance documents at the time of application.

Applications for enrolment will not be progressed until all relevant documentation has been received by Customer Services.

Each Australian state and territory has its own clinical placement documentation requirements. Further details are available on our Clinical Placement Information page, click on the tab for your particular state or territory for information on specific requirements.

Individual placement providers may need additional documentation. If you are required to provide this then you will be contacted by the Clinical Placement Officer following enrolment.

ACN negotiates with health care facilities to secure clinical placements. ACN will make every effort to secure clinical placements within the timeframe indicated in the course outline, however applicants are advised that provision and location of clinical placements is dependent on the availability of placements within the health facility.

As placements are difficult to secure, once confirmed these cannot be negotiated unless there is unforeseen extenuating circumstances. Applicants are not to arrange their own clinical placements with a clinical facility under any circumstances. ACN reserves the right to change clinical placements if necessary.

Fran Stoddart

Fran Stoddart, Nurse Educator – Higher Education

RN, MNClinPract (Paeds), Grad Cert PIC, Cert IV TAE 40110, MACCYPN, MCCN

Fran Stoddart is paediatric nurse who is passionate about her specialty, and her profession. Her career in nursing spans 40 years, and includes clinical experience in paediatrics and paediatric critical care. She has worked in various substantive nursing roles as an expert clinician and nurse educator. In these roles Fran contributed to policy and clinical guideline development and practice development initiatives.

Please ensure you read all course information, make sure you meet entry requirements and have all clinical placement documentation ready prior to commencing the application form.

Applications for enrolment will not be progressed until all relevant documentation has been received by Customer Services.

Course codes: 10 012 1930 (July 2019 intake)
10 012 2031 (January 2020 intake)

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Need more information? Register your interest to be contacted by a Nurse Educator who can discuss the course in further detail with you.

For general course information:
Customer Services
t: 02 9745 7500
e: customerservices@acn.edu.au