Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice (Rural Critical 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 Rural Critical Care work environment.

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

      Students should develop the ability to apply theoretical knowledge to understand the practice of providing care to critically ill or injured individuals in rural environments.

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

      This course will give you

      • Fundamental skills in critical care: learn the basis of pathologic disease, how to prioritise patient care and understand key scientific principles
      • A framework to understand critical care in rural areas: learn more about and illness management in rural areas and multi-disciplinary care planning
      • Skills to plan, manage and monitor: gain practice in caring for complex disease processes, symptom management and nursing assessments in rural practice settings
      • Critical thinking skills: obtain a framework in problem-solving, critical thinking rational and self-directed learning to solve patient problems in rural environments
      • Supervised training: put knowledge, theory and the latest education into practice with supervised assessment, monitoring and care planning
      • Turn theory into practice: learn the very best medical techniques and evidence-based solutions, then apply them to real-world patient scenarios in rural contexts

      Further study

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