Master of Nursing Practice at Monash University
If you’ve completed a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) from a recognised university, the Master of Nursing will help you become a highly skilled healthcare professional, preparing you for a career in this rewarding and well-respected profession.
Why nursing at Monash?
As one of Australia’s largest providers of education for doctors, nurses and midwives Monash University offers a wide range of programmes. By studying with us you will become part of a community that focuses on translating research discoveries into positive outcomes for patients. You will benefit from our strong hospital network and learn from academics who are pioneering new health discoveries.
How do Monash research capabilities help?
Our links to leading research centres (STEM cell science, regenerative medicine, IVF, etc) and teaching hospitals across metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria will give you access to outstanding facilities and allow you to learn from some of the most experienced and capable medical practitioners and researchers in the country.
The intensive two-year full time programme is an entry-to-practice degree for graduates with non-nursing backgrounds. The programme is an effective combination theory and practice. Half a study week is spent in the classroom and the other half in clinical practice, allowing you to apply new knowledge quickly.
The course comes in two parts:
Part A. Foundations for contemporary nursing practice
Part A comprises four units in which health care and nursing is studied through a social model of health. The history of nursing and the development of the nursing profession is explored including the ethical and legal aspects of nursing-patient relationships, communication for therapeutic relationships, human growth and development and the concept of caring and helping.
Part B. Professional practical placement
Part B comprises four units which enable the development of clinical competence for nursing practice in clinical settings. These units include the foundation knowledge and skills needed for the care of individuals across the life span, including the physical assessment of clients' health status in order to determine and deliver competent nursing care. Acute and chronic health issues are covered, including pharmacology, pain management, wound assessment and collaborative care.
In the clinical setting students will have an opportunity to apply theory to practice under supervision. This course has approximately 50 per cent of the programme allocated to clinical experience. Students on clinical placements are required to participate in unpaid fully supervised shift work that can include weekend shifts and night duty. The programme coordinators at Monash will find placements for you.
After successful completion of the programme students will be able to apply for registration as a Registered Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia and other jurisdictions across the world.
Fees and entry requirements
Start Date: Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (July)
Duration: 2 years
Tuition Fees (2017): AU$37,000 per year
Lee Horsley was previously running his own plant nursery, juggling 60-hour working weeks and raising a young family. Today the horticulture graduate is back at university studying for a new career in nursing.
He enrolled in Monash University’s Master of Nursing Practice, an accelerated programme for graduates with non-nursing bachelor degrees. “For the first time I feel that I am doing what I should be doing,” he said.
On his first day at Monash, Lee was surprised to discover that nursing required a lot of technical knowledge and a lot more responsibility than he had expected. “The course has been challenging, especially as it is an accelerated programme, but I love a challenge.”
Students in the Master of Nursing Practice spend half the week in class and the other half in clinical practice. Lee said the curriculum was well matched to the clinical experience, giving students an opportunity to immediately apply academic knowledge.
He said the highlights of his nursing experience so far included the satisfaction of providing care to a patient struggling to care for themselves.
When he completes the programme, Lee hopes to spend some time working on hospital wards consolidating his nursing skills before specialising in coronary care