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Orthopaedic Nursing

Arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions affect an estimated 6.1 million Australians (approximately 28% of the total population) across all ages. Due to their diverse nature, there is considerable variation in the prevalence, treatment and management, and quality of life of people with these conditions across various life stages. (AIHW, 2014).

The direct impact of this data is felt by the nurses working in the specialist field of orthopaedics. From acute admissions following trauma to planned admissions for the treatment of arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions, orthopaedic nurses play an integral role within the multidisciplinary team by supporting and educating orthopaedic patients across their lifespan. With an ageing population and the increase in the acuity of patient’s needs the demand for highly skilled nurses in the orthopaedic field can only continue to grow.

Studying with ACN will provide you with the principles of orthopaedic nursing care in order to improve your knowledge and skills for the provision and coordination of evidenced based holistic 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 our 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 pain 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 Orthopaedic Nursing is designed for registered nurses working in a variety of orthopaedic environments. This course aims to cultivate excellence in the delivery of nursing care through the exploration and integration of theoretical knowledge, evidence-based practice and clinical nursing. 

Content includes exploration of the impact of acute and chronic illness, differentiation of the range of musculoskeletal dysfunction associated with trauma and emphasises assessment and management strategies within both the adult and paediatric setting. Participants have an opportunity to expand their professional development and improve their research skills through online forums and discussion of professional and clinical issues. This online course uses a variety of learning modes including case studies, multimedia and discussion forums in a virtual classroom.

Graduates of this course will be better prepared to implement evidence-based practice and contemporary research to improve patient outcomes.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

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

  • Apply specialist knowledge of physiology, pathophysiology of diseases and trauma to the nursing assessment and management of orthopaedic patients
  • Explore the legal, ethical and cultural issues in relation to the nursing care of orthopaedic patients
  • Demonstrate specialist knowledge, comprehensive assessment skills and evidence-based practice to improve orthopaedic nursing care
  • Evaluate complex clinical problems demonstrating a specialist approach to practice across the lifespan
  • Critically reflect on current practice and learning experiences to promote leadership, knowledge sharing and development of a philosophy of lifelong learning
  • Develop advanced communication skills in order to establish therapeutic relationships with stakeholders, families and the multidisciplinary team for a holistic approach to nursing care

UNITS OF STUDY

CODEUNITS OF STUDY TYPE

10 017 1807

COMMENCEMENT DATE

CENSUS DATECOMPLETION DATEINDIVIDUAL FEE* 
042Principles of orthopaedic nursingC 22 January 20185 February 20181 April 2018Tier 1
922Clinical practice in orthopaedic nursingC16 April 201830 April 201824 June 2018Tier 1
113Assessing and managing adult painE9 July 201823 July 201816 September 2018Tier 1
054Assessment of the older personE9 July 201823 July 201816 September 2018Tier 2
187Communication: Applied strategies for health care professionalsE9 July 201823 July 201816 September 2018Tier 1
197Paediatric pain – assessment and managementE9 July 201823 July 201816 September 2018Tier 1
277Stress response and health breakdownE9 July 201823 July 201816 September 2018Tier 1
050Wound managementE9 July 201823 July 201816 September 2018Tier 2
923Professional issues in orthopaedic nursingC1 October 201815 October 20189 December 2018Tier 1

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

CODEUNITS OF STUDY TYPE

10 017 1808

COMMENCEMENT DATE

CENSUS DATECOMPLETION DATEINDIVIDUAL FEE* 
042Principles of orthopaedic nursingC9 July 201823 July 201816 September 2018Tier 1
922Clinical practice in orthopaedic nursingC1 October 201815 October 20189 December 2018Tier 1
113Assessing and managing adult painE21 January 20194 February 201931 March 2019Tier 1
054Assessment of the older personE21 January 20194 February 201931 March 2019Tier 2
187Communication: Applied strategies for health care professionalsE21 January 20194 February 201931 March 2019Tier 1
197Paediatric pain – assessment and managementE21 January 20194 February 201931 March 2019Tier 1
277Stress response and health breakdownE21 January 20194 February 201931 March 2019Tier 1
050Wound managementE21 January 20194 February 201931 March 2019Tier 2
923Professional issues in orthopaedic nursingC15 April 201929 April 201923 June 2019Tier 1

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

WHERE THIS QUALIFICATION CAN TAKE YOU

A Graduate Certificate in Orthopaedic 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. 

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

Robyn Manning, Nurse Educator – Higher Education

RN, MEd. (adult), Cert Orthopaedic Nursing (NSWCN) CertIVTAE

Robyn coordinates our Graduate Certificate in Orthopaedic Nursing. Robyn believes in the principles of adult education and encourages self-determination, reflection, the development of leadership skills and empowerment for nurses.