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“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).

Paediatric nursing is a challenging and diverse area of practice, infants and children can present in a variety of clinical settings including emergency departments, intensive care and high dependency units as well as in general wards and in the community. Paediatric care requires a collaborative partnership between health care professionals, children and their parents. Paediatric nurses need to be able to prioritise the needs of a sick child in whatever area of practice they have chosen.

Paediatric Nursing

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.

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 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:

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.

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 units of study and one elective units of study.

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 units of study.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

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

UNITS OF STUDY

CODEUNITS OF STUDY GENERAL EMERGENCY ICU 

10 012 1827

COMMENCEMENT DATE

CENSUS DATECOMPLETION DATEINDIVIDUAL FEE*
138 Principles of acute paediatric nursingCCC22 January 20185 February 20181 April 2018Tier 1
139Paediatric intensive care nursing  S16 April 201830 April 201824 June 2018Tier 1
057Paediatric emergency nursing S 16 April 201830 April 201824 June 2018Tier 1
197 Paediatric pain – assessment and managementEEE16 April 201830 April 201824 June 2018Tier 1
197 Paediatric pain – assessment and managementEEE9 July 201823 July 201816 September 2018Tier 1
201Infant and child nutrition and feedingEE 9 July 201823 July 201816 September 2018Tier 1
080Child and adolescent mental health nursing – clinical assessmentEE 9 July 201823 July 201816 September 2018Tier 1
040 #Family and child healthE  16 April 201830 April 201824 June 2018Tier 3
301Nursing the high-risk newborn  E9 July 201823 July 201816 September 2018Tier 1
187Communication – applied strategies for health care professionalsEEE9 July 201823 July 201816 September 2018Tier 1
248Professional issues in paediatric nursingCCC1 October 201815 October 20189 December 2018Tier 1

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

CODEUNITS OF STUDY GENERAL EMERGENCY ICU 

10 012 1828

COMMENCEMENT DATE

CENSUS DATECOMPLETION DATEINDIVIDUAL FEE*
138 Principles of acute paediatric nursingCCC9 July 201823 July 201816 September 2018Tier 1
139Paediatric intensive care nursing  S1 October 201815 October 20189 December 2018Tier 1
057Paediatric emergency nursing S 1 October 201815 October 20189 December 2018Tier 1
197 Paediatric pain – assessment and managementEEE1 October 201815 October 20189 December 2018Tier 1
197 Paediatric pain – assessment and managementEEE21 January 20194 February 201931 March 2019Tier 1
201Infant and child nutrition and feedingEE 21 January 20194 February 201931 March 2019Tier 1
080Child and adolescent mental health nursing – clinical assessmentEE 21 January 20194 February 201931 March 2019Tier 1
040 #Family and child healthE  1 October 201815 October 20189 December 2018Tier 3
257Nursing the high-risk newborn  E21 January 20194 February 201931 March 2019Tier 1
187Communication – applied strategies for health care professionalsEEE21 January 20194 February 201931 March 2019Tier 1
248Professional issues in paediatric nursingCCC15 April 201929 April 201923 June 2019Tier 1

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

040 #

Clinical placement 40 hours

WHERE THIS QUALIFICATION CAN TAKE YOU

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. 

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.

Testimonial

' I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you. I have really enjoyed this year of learning and development both personally and professionally. I am very grateful for your time and have appreciated the opportunity. I will be recommending The College of Nursing to anyone who is considering post graduate studies. I look forward to finding you online again one day when I have the courage to take the leap of further formal education again! Thank you again and enjoy your Christmas break Kristy'

- Kristy R,
Paediatric Nursing Graduate Certificate, completed 2016

MEET YOUR NURSE EDUCATOR

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.