Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice (Cancer and Palliative Care)

      Where will this take me?


      Who this course is for

      Admission is based on a Bachelor of Nursing degree (or equivalent training), at least one year of clinical experience in an acute care setting within the five years prior to applying for the course, and current employment and clinical support in a cancer/palliative care work environment.

      Applicants must be registered nurses and have the support of their employing hospital for the Nursing Practice subject (Cancer and Palliative Care Nursing Practice), and the employing hospital must be equipped to support the student to complete their studies.

      International nurses with a working visa who meet the course entry requirements are also eligible to apply.

      Intended Learning Outcomes

      The Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice (Cancer and Palliative Care) provides students with a sound understanding of the scientific knowledge and research based evidence that underpins skill development specific to cancer/palliative care nursing.

      Students should develop the ability to apply theoretical knowledge to understand the practice of providing care to individuals experiencing cancer/palliative care.

      On completion students should have the clinical competencies to practice cancer/palliative care nursing at a beginning competency level as benchmarked against Australian specialty practice competencies.

      This course will give you

      • Supervised clinical practice: get supervised training at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
      • A sound understanding of scientific and research-based evidence: this knowledge underpins the skills you need for cancer and palliative care nursing
      • Apply theory to practice: learn how to take the knowledge you learn and apply it to practical care
      • An understanding of pathological disease: get equipped to explain assessment data and prioritise patient care
      • Safe, patient centred practice: learn how to provide safe care as a nurse specialising in cancer and palliative care
      • Key care principles: understand cure, control, symptom management and palliation
      • An overview of risks: know the common risks and related complexities encountered with providing cancer and palliative care
      • Comprehensive care planning: know how to undertake comprehensive patient assessment, care planning and interventions in cancer and palliative care nursing practice

      Further Study

      Students who complete the Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice will meet the entry requirements for the Master of Advanced Nursing Practice.