Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice (Neonatal Intensive 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 Neonatal Intensive Care work environment.

      Applicants must be registered nurses and have the support of their employing hospital for the Nursing Practice subject (Neonatal Intensive 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 (Neonatal Intensive Care) provides students with a sound understanding of the scientific knowledge and research based evidence that underpins skill development specific to neonatal intensive care.

      Students should develop the ability to apply theoretical knowledge to understand the practice of providing care to critically ill or injured neonatal patients.

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

      This course will give you

      • Fundamental neonatal care skills: understand pathological basis of disease, explain assessment data and prioritise patient care based on scientific principles
      • Theory of neonatal care: understand how to provide safe practice for neonatal patients, and understand assessment along with common neonatal conditions
      • Key medical requirements become fluent in nutritional requirements, fluid and electrolyte maintenance of the neonate, neonatal respiratory illness, neonatal care and principles of growth and development
      • Ability to assess and manage patients: broaden your knowledge and theory for neonatal care, and learn how to assess and manage specific physical and psychological illnesses
      • Understanding of science and research: learn the principles and evidence to develop problem-solving, critical thinking, rational inquiry and self-directed learning
      • Ability to integrate knowledge with practice: get supervised training and undertake an accurate assessment of neonatal patients by combining theory with technical skill

      Further study

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