MASTER OF NURSING (SPINAL CORD INJURY) DIVISION OF NURSING AND MIDWIFERY
The Master of Nursing (Spinal Cord Injury) (integrating the Institutional Credit
Graduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma) is designed
to promote and develop the role of the nurse in the The Division of Nursing and Midwifery have arrangements in place
management of Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI). Nurses are with Austin Health, The Alfred Hospital, Box Hill Hospital, Southern
expected to provide care of increasing complexity in specialist Health, Bendigo Health, Werribee Health and South West Health
Care whereby certain programs undertaken at these health care
spinal units from the early stages of acute management
organisations may attract credit towards some of the postgraduate
through to rehabilitation and into the community. The course courses offered within the Division of Nursing and Midwifery.
offers advanced education and training in comprehensive
assessment of a relatively young patient population learning Advanced Standing
to cope with a sudden lessening of independence and the
acquisition of a wide repertoire of new life skills. The Division of Nursing and Midwifery will consider requests for
recognition of prior studies. At La Trobe, this is known as ‘Advanced
The clinical component of the program allows the student to Standing’. Students can obtain an ‘Application for Advanced Standing’
work in an approved Spinal Cord Injuries centre in Australia form from the Division of Nursing and Midwifery.
and should provide experience in both the acute and
Students who have completed a Postgraduate Diploma within the
rehabilitation settings. The skills developed will allow the
Division of Nursing & Midwifery may receive up to 120 credit points
nurse to care for a spinal cord injured person from the acute of Advanced Standing.
phase through to rehabilitation and community follow up.
Placements can be tailored to suit the individual student's Students who have completed Postgraduate Study with another
learning needs. institution may receive up to 60 credit points of Advanced Standing.
Admission Requirements Course Structure
This course is open to registered Division 1 nurses with at least 2 • Masters of Nursing (Spinal Cord Injury)
year’s recent acute nursing experience and an interest in SCI = 9 Units or 180 Credit points
• Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing (Spinal Cord Injury)
Duration = 6 Units or 120 Credit points
Graduate Certificate: 1 year part time • Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Spinal Cord Injury)
= 3 Units or 60 Credit points
Postgraduate Diploma: 1 year full time
18 months part time The Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Spinal Cord Injury) consists of 3
2 years part time units of study:
Masters: 1.5 years full time
2 years – 3 years part-time NSG4CHA Comprehensive Health Assessment
NSG4ASP Acute Spinal Cord Injuries Practice
Mode of Study NSG4SRP Spinal Cord Injuries Rehabilitation Practice
This course can be undertaken via face to face teaching mode or The Postgraduate Diploma consists of a Clinical Audit or Clinical
distance education. At the Diploma and Master’s level, elective Practice unit and 2 elective units.
units of study are offered in a variety of delivery modes such as
class time, on-line or independent study. The Master of Nursing (Spinal Cord Injury) consists of an additional 3
elective units at level 5. Students wishing to complete their Masters
Clinical Practice are required to complete 60 credit points at level 4 (Cert/Dip units) and
120 credit points at level 5 (Masters level units).
Students are required to undertake 150 hours of clinical practice
in both acute and rehabilitation areas. Students will complete Special Requirements
their clinical placement as an employee of Austin Health.
Placements can be tailored to suit the individual student's learning Applicants must apply to the hospital for their clinical placement at
needs. Individual days are spent with the Urology Nurse the same time they apply for the Master of Nursing (Spinal Cord
Consultant, in Spinal Outpatients Clinic, or visiting patients in the Injury).
community with the Community Spinal Nurse or the Outreach
Further Information and How to Apply
Team nurse. Supernumerary clinical time in ICU is also available.
Career Prospects Division of Nursing and Midwifery
La Trobe University
The area of SCI Nursing is specialised with 6 Spinal Units in Bundoora Campus
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