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Nursing Practice (Cancer and Palliative Care)

Area of Study Type of Course Level of Study
Nursing Practice Award Graduate Certificate

Course

Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice (Cancer and Palliative Care)

Course Code

GC-NPCPC

Course Abbreviation

GC-NPCPC - GCert Nursing Practice (C&PC)

Partner Faculty

MDHS / Melbourne School of Health Sciences and Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in the area of clinical speciality.

Background

A review of the specialist nursing programs offered by the University of Melbourne has recently been completed. The aim of the review was to develop a suite of programs that:

  • leverage the University of Melbourne’s unique expertise and teaching strengths in nursing;

  • leverage the unique specialisations and skills in nursing practice available in the hospital system;

  • offer a program that more easily enables practicing nurses to participate and their employers to support them in their development; and,

  • creates clear pathways to further study

The result is a suite of seven Graduate Certificates in Nursing Practice, each with a specific nursing specialisation, delivered in partnership with a number of Centres of Excellence, all providing rigorous and high quality education and training and with a clear pathway to Masters level study in Nursing at the University of Melbourne.

Course Description

The Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice (Cancer and Palliative Care) provides a unique specialist training program in Cancer and Palliative Care and is delivered in partnership with Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Cancer and Palliative Care.

The course 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 develop the ability to apply theoretical knowledge to understand the practice of providing care to individuals experiencing cancer/palliative care. On completion students have the clinical competencies to practice cancer/palliative care nursing at a beginning competency level as benchmarked against Australian specialty practice competencies.

The course delivers theoretical content through a combination of on-line study and face-to-face course delivery at the partner hospital for the clinical speciality. The students’ employing hospital provides clinical practice in a hospital setting.

Students complete 50 credit points of study part-time, over a year, commencing in January with an on-line subject, completing a face-to-face subject at the partner hospital each semester and a supervised clinical practice subject at their employing hospital across the whole study period.

Delivery Mode

The course is delivered through a combination of on-line and face-to-face delivery.

Subject

Delivery Mode

Applied Pathophysiology

Fully on-line delivery

Cancer and Palliative Care Nursing 1

Face-to-face delivery at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Cancer and Palliative Care Nursing 2

Face-to-face delivery at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Cancer and Palliative Care Nursing Practice

Supervised clinical practice at students’ employing hospital and attendance at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre


Applicants must ensure that the computer and device they use to access course materials and undertake assessment on-line are suitable. Check the system requirements and perform a system test.

It is common for students to access course information from a range of computers and devices, and they must all be checked to ensure that they allow full functionality. In particular, hospital computer systems may have firewalls in place that do not allow full access and you should alert your IT administrator to these requirements well in advance of needing access using work based computers.

Who Should Apply

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.

Subjects

To graduate from the Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice (Cancer and Palliative Care) requires successful completion of 4 x 12.5 point subjects. Applied Pathophysiology is a pre-requisite subject and must be successfully completed to allow enrolment in the other course subjects.

Subject

Brief description

Applied Pathophysiology (12.5 points)

This subject provides a foundation for understanding the pathologic basis of disease across the lifespan. It equips learners with the knowledge and skills required to explain assessment data and prioritise patient care in a specialty area of practice based on scientific principles.

Cancer and Palliative Care Nursing 1 (12.5 points)

This subject is designed to promote development of foundational theoretical knowledge to support safe, patient centred practice as a beginning level specialty nurse in the clinical environment of Cancer & Palliative Care. Key content relates to understanding the pathophysiology of cancer and carcinogenesis, and the principles of cure, control, symptom management and palliation.

Cancer and Palliative Care Nursing 2 (12.5 points)

This subject is designed to expand the student's knowledge with regard to the high prevalence and high risk conditions encountered in cancer and palliative care practice settings, the complexity of disease processes, treatments (including pharmacology), symptoms and symptom management, and subsequent nursing assessments, interventions and supporting technical skills.

Cancer and Palliative Care Nursing Practice (12.5 points)

In this subject students will apply theoretical principles in Applied Pathophysiology and Cancer and Palliative Care Nursing 1 and 2 subjects to support comprehensive patient assessment, care planning and interventions in cancer and palliative care nursing practice.

Assessment

The course is rigorously assessed. Further details of assessment are contained in individual subject guides that are provided to enrolled students.

Applied Pathophysiology (12.5 points):

Type of Assessment (Including Extent/Duration)

Timing of Assessment

Assessment %

4 online MCQ quizzes

(30 mins each)

Week 2 - Week 7

(every 2 weeks)

40%

Written assignment (2000 words)

Week 5

60%

2 online MCQ quizzes

(15 minutes each)

Week 1 & Week 8

Hurdle Requirement

Additional Requirements: Student must achieve 50% or greater in all quizzes and the written assignment and sum of both assessments must be 50% or greater to pass the subject.

Note: Specific details regarding assessment tasks are provided on the LMS at the beginning of week 1.

Cancer and Palliative Care Nursing 1 (12.5 points):

Type of Assessment (Including Extent/Duration)

Timing of Assessment

Assessment %

Written assignment (1000 words)

Week 5

20%

Written assignment (2000 words)

Week 10

30%

4 Formative assessments (30 minutes per test)

Week 4, 7, 9, 12

50%

Cancer and Palliative Care Nursing 2 (12.5 points):

Type of Assessment (Including Extent/Duration)

Timing of Assessment

Assessment %

Written assignment (1000 words)

Week 5

20%

Written assignment (2000 words)

Week 10

30%

4 Formative assessments (30 Minutes per test)

Week 4, 7, 9, 12

50%

 

Cancer and Palliative Care Nursing Practice (12.5 points):

Type of Assessment (Including Extent/Duration)

Timing of Assessment

Assessment %

6 x Clinical Skills Assessments

Distributed evenly across the year

Hurdle

Clinical performance appraisal

(minimum of 2)

1 per semester

Hurdle

Reflective essay x 1 (1000 words) Week 30 20%

Patient Assessment and Care Plan x 2 (2000 words)

1 per semester

40% x 2

Note: Specific details regarding assessment tasks are provided on the LMS at the beginning of week 1.

 

Pathways to Further Study

Applied Pathophysiology is a pre-requisite subject for the Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice. Students that successfully complete this subject and associated assessment may be eligible for credit into the Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice.

Credit into the Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice is dependent on:

  • Meeting the course entry requirements

  • Subject equivalence at the time credit is sought

Students that successfully complete the Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice may apply for entry into the Master of Advanced Nursing Practice.

Students may also be interested in:

Master of Advanced Nursing Practice

Master of Advanced Nursing Practice (Nurse Practitioner)

Master of Advanced Nursing (for International Students)

Additional Information

Dorothy Jean Ineke Nursing Scholarship

Two scholarships/awards of $7,500 each will be awarded to the two top performing students in the subject Applied Pathophysiology who are enrolled in the Graduate Certificate of Nursing Practice 2016 (and including students in the 2015 NICU cohort) and not in receipt of a Commonwealth Supported Place.

The scholarships will be awarded in March/April 2016.

Recruitment and Application Process Map

Pathways from Specialist to Advanced Nursing

Frequently Asked Questions

STUDENT ORIENTATION FOR 2017

Save the Date: Wednesday 7 December 2016

Time: 9.00am - 12.00pm

Medical Building, ESJ King Theatre

Academic and Teaching Team

The academic team is led by Associate Professor Marie Gerdtz (the University of Melbourne).

Marie will be supported by a team of Course and Subject Coordinators drawn from the University of Melbourne, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and Hospital Partners to ensure a quality and consistent teaching and learning experience for nursing students.

Entry Requirements

Admission requirements for all specialty and advanced practice courses:

  • A Bachelor of Nursing (or equivalent training)

  • At least one year of clinical experience as a Registered Nurse within the five years in an acute care setting prior to applying for the course

  • Current unrestricted registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (courses with clinical components only);

  • Current employment and clinical support in your specialty area

  • meet the University of Melbourne's English language requirements

Applicants for the Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice who are not employed by Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre or a Partnering hospital must provide evidence of current clinical employment and support from their employing hospital.

If the applicants employing hospital is a designated Partner Hospital, then the applicant is expected to be included in the Partner Hospitals’ approved students and nominated Nursing Practice Supervisor list.

If the applicants employing hospital is not a designated Partner Hospital, then a form providing details of the nominated Nursing Practice Supervisor and confirmation of employing Hospital support needs to be completed and submitted with the application.

Course Fees

Course fees for 2016

Student Type

Subject Fee

Total Course fee

Local Students

$2,270

$9,080

International Students with a working Visa

$3,460

$13,840

 

Fees are subject to an annual increase.

Fee Inclusions

Fees include tuition, course materials and access to on-line resources.

Fees do not include the prescribed text for the course:

This text needs to be purchased prior to commencing the Applied Pathophysiology subject. Applicants who accept a place on the course will be provided with information to obtain this text at a discounted price direct from the publisher.

As enrolled students of the University of Melbourne, students have access to a range of facilities and amenities provided by the University of Melbourne.

FEE HELP

Fee-Help is available for this course. It is a loan from the Australian Government to cover tuition fees and is available to Australian Citizens only.

Key Dates

Semester Study Periods

Subject Delivery Period 2016

Semester

Start Date

End Date

Applied Pathophysiology

Summer Semester

04/01/2016

28/02/2016

Foundations 1

Semester 1

29/02/2016

24/06/2016

Foundations 2

Semester 2

25/07/2016

18/11/2016

Nursing Practice

All Year (Across Semester 1 and 2)

29/02/2016

18/11/2016

 

Delivery Dates and Times

Coursework Attendance Dates and Duration

Semester 1

Coursework Attendance Date 2016

Cancer and Palliative Care Nursing 1

2nd March

23rd March

20th April

4th May

Duration (hours)

6

6

6

6

Semester 2

 

Cancer and Palliative Care Nursing 2

27th July

17th August

14th September

5th October

Duration (hours)

6

6

6

6

Semester 1 & 2

 

Cancer and Palliative Care Nursing Practice

9th March

6th April

10th August

31st August

Duration (hours)

6

6

6

6

 

*Please note: these dates are indicative and subject to change.

Delivery Venue

Face-to-face delivery of course material will be at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne.

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre,

Level 3 Jack Brockhoff Lecture Theatre

2 St Andrew’s Place East Melbourne

VIC, 3002

Related courses and subjects

Single Subject in Nursing Practice (Applied Pathophysiology)

Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice (Paediatrics)

Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice (Paediatric Intensive Care)

Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice (Neonatal Intensive Care)

Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice (Critical Care)

Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice (Emergency)

Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice (Rural Critical Care)

Contact

Program Co-ordinator: Elizabeth Soares

Phone - (03) 9035 9608

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