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 nursing. • 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 Australia, however the skills developed can be used across a Ph: +61 3 9479 5950 wide range of nursing, from acute through to rehabilitation & Fax: +61 3 9479 5988 community nursing settings. Email: email@example.com The University reserves the right, before or after enrolment, to make any changes to the information, including but not limited to discontinuing or varying courses, subjects (units), staff, assessment and admission requirements. 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