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Graduate Diploma in Nursing

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Introduction

The Graduate Diploma in Nursing is directed towards a high degree of expertise as a nurse with greater levels of responsibility and leadership in provision of responsive nursing care for individuals and families in general and specialised care. It includes increased understanding of the value of research and evidence-based practice.

Further, the course is guided by the belief that postgraduate education builds upon undergraduate education and previous clinical experience. Therefore, the course provides an environment conducive to critical inquiry, testing of ideas and generation and expansion of knowledge. This includes the development of leadership capability and increased awareness of research skills.

Note: If you are an international student in Australia and hold a student visa, you are required to study full-time and on-campus*. Courses taught entirely online are only available to international students studying outside Australia, or those in Australia who are not on a student visa. Online courses are not available to international students in Australia who hold a student visa.

Benefits to Nurses

  • This program offers a pathway for Registered Nurses with Diploma of Nursing qualification to gain a Postgraduate qualification
  • Now offered completely online; continue working while you study
  • Global recognition; accredited to TEQSA and accepted in most of the countries worldwide especially in the UK, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand etc.
  • On successful completion of GDN, nurses can undertake a Master of Nursing with up to one-year credit
  • GDN degree holders can choose to become nurse educators, coordinators, managers and achieve other senior positions

Benefits of Online Study

Online students may attend lectures and tutorials any where, any time to fit in around their working schedule and rosters:

  • Miss a lecture – catch-up 24/7 online with resources and support available also 24/7
  • Lectures, tutorials and resources all available on PC, mobile and tablet
  • Students may visit any Health Careers Training Centre (Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Philippines, Kochi, Dubai and three centres in Mumbai) and access support, join a lecture online or participate in a one-on-one support session

NESTED COURSE STRUCTURE

Students may choose to exit midway through the course, in which case they may graduate with a Graduate Certificate in Nursing, consisting of four units of study over one study period full time or, for non CRICOS students, two study periods part time.

Students who have already completed a Graduate Certificate in Nursing may be eligible for advanced standing, subject to credit transfer and recognition of prior learning procedures.

POSSIBLE CAREER OUTCOMES

Leadership positions such as:

  • Associate Nurse Unit Manager
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Staff development Nurse
  • Clinical Nurse
  • Nurse Educator

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

FOR ONLINE APPLICANTS

To be eligible for admission to the GCN/GDN course who wish to take the course online, the applicant must:

  • be an International graduate nurse who has completed three year of Nursing/ Bachelor of Nursing / Diploma of Nursing and be a Registered Nurse with the Nursing Board from their country of origin or practice;
  • have one year of experience as a Registered Nurse;
  • have enough computer access and computer skills in working with and knowledge of Microsoft Office courses; and
  • be able to provide evidence of an IELTS level of at least 6.5 with no band less than 6, or equivalent scores in OET/PTE or
  • pass a short academic essay in the English Language (500 – 700 words) on a topic provided by IHM with a minimum grade of 65 % from a pool of approved essay topics and attend an interview with IHM academic staff.

Applications will be accessed on a case by case basis by the course coordinator in accordance with the Student Selection and Admission Policy and Procedures for Course delivered to Overseas Students.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE TESTS EQUIVALENCE TABLE

Test Test Score Band
IELTS 4.5 5.0 5.5 6.0 6.5 7.0 7.5 8.0 8.5 9.0
TOEFL IBT 32 53 62 73 85 96 105 112 117 120
PTE Academic 30 44 46 54 62 68 76 79 84 88
OET N/A N/A Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass

The Graduate Diploma of Nursing consists of 8 units divided into 2 phases.

Phase 1

Unit Code

Unit Name

Phase 2

Unit Code

Unit Name

GCNNK1 – Nursing Knowledge 1

This unit aims to provide students with the opportunity to explore and evaluate the concept of advanced nursing practice and the role of the nurse in this area. In addition, the components for a model of advanced nursing practice and specialised practices will be discussed.

Selected models of advanced nursing practice including Benner’s model of expert practice will be examined with reference to students’ clinical experience or work practice.

Assessment Modes : Written Assessments, Presentations and Multiple Choice Tests.

GCNNK2 – Nursing Knowledge 2

This unit aims to build on students’ knowledge and understanding of critical events across the lifespan and their effects on individuals and families. The content will include further understanding of acute, chronic, psychosocial, mental, rehabilitation, aged and community nursing care, principles and management of clients with consideration to an etiological, environmental, demographic and lifestyle factors, nutritional, microbiological involvement and psychosocial factors.

Pharmacological knowledge and pathophysiological manifestations and, where relevant, factors influencing morbidity and mortality are examined. Documentation forms including current documenting systems will be discussed. In addition, clinical skills are reinforced using simulated case scenarios.

Assessment Modes : Written Assessments and Multiple Choice Tests.

GCNCP3 – Clinical Project

Students who are enrolled in this course are expected to be working for a minimum of 3 days per week in a nursing setting as this will enable them to integrate the knowledge learned in this course to work practice. However, to further enhance students’ ability to integrate theory into work practice, including the development of skills and level of decision-making expected of a nurse, this unit of study provides students with the autonomy to define and pursue specific clinical practice experiences.

Such experiences will provide for synthesis and application of knowledge via observation of and participation in clinical activities.

Assessment Modes : Written Assessments and Online Assignments.

GCNRN4 – Research in Nursing

This unit aims to provide students with research knowledge and skills required to conduct research projects appropriate to their current professional practice. It will further enhance students’ knowledge and skills in nursing research paradigms and identify the significance of research findings to nursing practice. The topics that will be included are: review of research methodologies; ethical considerations; examination and analysis of the research process; sampling techniques in qualitative and quantitative methodologies; analysis of research data; interpreting and critiquing reports; and developing a research proposal.

Assessment Modes : Written Assessments and Multiple Choice Tests.

GDN3985 – Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing and Specialisations

The aims of the unit are to define the protocols for evidence-based research; introduce students to the process of conducting evidence-based research; and utilise evidence-based research to guide nursing practice.

Assessment Modes : Written Assessments and Multiple Choice Tests.

GDN3986 – Clinical Leadership and Management in Nursing and Specialisations

This unit aims to provide students with an understanding of the role of clinical leadership and management specific to the challenges faced by nurses working in various clinical environments. The unit will provide students with an overview of the impact of social, political and economic processes on the Australian Health care system. Students will also be given the opportunity to explore and evaluate the full potentials of the role of a clinical leader in specialist clinical organisations, including promoting and maintaining excellence in specialised care. It also aims to enable the student to critically examine the components of clinical leadership and management that can be applicable in Nursing and Specialisation practice.

Assessment Modes : Written Assessments and Multiple Choice Tests.

GDN 3987 – Professional Issues and Policies in Nursing and Specialisations

This unit provides the students with the opportunity to explore the inter-relationship between nursing practice, health policy, and a range of social, technological, environmental, cultural, economic and political issues that influence health and health care practice.

Assessment Modes : Written Assessments and Multiple Choice Tests.

GDN 3988 – ePortfolio

This unit aims to foster career building, personal and professional development and critical reflection. ePortfolios are a new and exciting concept that are being adopted by higher education institutions throughout Australia and have already gained widespread acceptance overseas. Developing an ePortfolio will enable students to present evidence of their academic and professional achievements during the undertaking of this course. Students will gain a better understanding by reflecting on their own abilities, academic achievements and their identity as both a healthcare professional and a scholar.

Assessment Modes : Written Assessments and Multiple Choice Tests and Online Assignments.

ONLINE DELIVERY

  • Jul 9, 2020
  • Oct 8, 2020
  • Mar 1, 2021
  • Tuition Fee : AUD $11,750.00
  • Administration (Non-Tuition) Fee : AUD $250.00 (Non Refundable)

Payment plans available.

Books, equipment and other materials are required to undertake the program and their cost is not included in the tuition fee.

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Course Summary

  • Award Titles : Graduate Diploma in Nursing
  • Accreditation : TEQSA
  • AQF Level : 8
  • Campus : Online
  • Duration : 1 Year Full Time / 2 Years Part Time
  • Delivery Mode : Online
  • Nested Course : Graduate Certificate in Nursing
  • Organisation Delivering the Program : Institute of Health & Management (HEP ID: PRV 14040)
  • Organisation Issuing Certification : Institute of Health & Management (HEP ID: PRV 14040)

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