Study Nursing at Griffith University, Queensland
Nursing is a vibrant and challenging career focused on maintaining health and wellbeing.
Today’s nurses are reflective practitioners who must not only react to illness and stress, but also be technically skilled, proactive and able to work in partnership with others in helping people enjoy healthier lives.
Griffith’s Bachelor of Nursing degree:
- is accredited with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia,
- emphasises the practice-based nature of nursing with many compulsory clinical placements throughout the programme,
- offers selected students the opportunity to participate in an international short-term clinical placement working on a Community Development project in Laos,
- offers access to state-of-the-art equipment and nursing facilities,
- has a very committed and experienced staff base with strong industry contacts.
Centre of Research Excellence in Nursing
Griffith University is home to the NCREN, Australia’s first Centre of Research Excellence in Nursing, funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). NCREN leads world class clinical research to examine the complexity of hospital patient care and provides evidence to ensure research knowledge is translated into healthcare policy and nursing practice to improve the care hospitalised patients receive.
Clinical practice labs
Griffith’s clinical practice labs are set up with state-of-the-art audio-visual teaching equipment and the latest nursing facilities currently used in hospitals. Treatment rooms provide a realistic hospital setting for students to practice key skills in patient care including:
- wound care materials
- catheterisation equipment
- IV parental equipment
- feeding modules
- manual handling equipment
- patient mobility support aids
- a wide variety patient care charts, heath education and promotion materials
A range of anatomically realistic simulation manikins allow students to practice patient care scenarios in realistic settings. The labs include:
- adult manikins with pulses, heart and lung, vocal and bowel sounds,
- adult and baby resuscitation manikins,
- wound simulations,
- placebo pharmacological units,
- audio-visual teaching equipment.
Short Term Placement in Laos
The School of Nursing and Midwifery at Griffith University has offered short term placements to Laos for the past five years. The three week placement is to a Community Development project in the Seuang River Valley, three hours north of Luang Prabang. As an immersion placement, students and academics home-stay with local families in small villages, with only basic bedding and washing facilities, eating local food and participating in village life. Each community has between 200-400 people, and many have little or no access to regular health care. Infectious diseases, typhoid, gastroenteritis and basic musculoskeletal injuries are common in the community, but can often be treated with the right clinical equipment and knowledge.
Additionally, student and staff raise funds to support a specific community development project each year. So far the project has provided electricity to two local health clinics, construction of a High School toilets and washing facilities with permanent water supply, extension of a remote clinic to include kitchen, toilet and bathing area and just recently provided funds to complete the water supply and repair a local primary school building.
If you’re currently working in nursing or in allied health, you can develop your skills further through Griffith’s postgraduate programmes. These emphasise professional development and research preparation, and allow you to choose from a wide range of specialisations. All of Griffith’s postgraduate programmes offer flexibility in programme structure and mode of offering.
Ranking and reputation
Griffith University's nursing programmes have recently been ranked 29th best in the world by the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016.
Entry requirements and fees
Bachelor of Nursing (Nathan, Gold Coast or Logan campuses)
Standard Entry for GCE ‘A’ Levels: Aggregate of 4 points from the best three A Level or combination of A and AS Level subjects where A*=6, A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1 (AS Levels are equivalent to half points, e.g. A=2.5)
Indicative Fees (2016): AU$26,573 per year.
Duration: 3 years
Master of Acute Care Nursing
All applicants to the Master of Acute Care Nursing must hold:
- a Bachelor of Nursing degree or equivalent from a recognised tertiary institution and a GPA of 5 and above OR a Graduate Certificate in Acute Care Nursing from Griffith University (students will be eligible for 40 credit points of advanced standing).
- a current or temporary unrestricted licence as a registered nurse with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) or in their country of origin.
Indicative Fees (2016): AU$25,000 per year
Duration: 1.5 years
After successfully completing the Griffith Bachelor of Nursing degree students are eligible to apply for registration as a nurse to the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council. Griffith’s nursing graduates are highly employable and are finding employment anywhere from major hospitals to community based health facilities in metropolitan and rural areas.
Our undergraduate programme leads into further study in a range of postgraduate nursing areas so you can develop your career path and enhance your employment prospects and earning potential.
Links with industry
Griffith’s School of Nursing is part of the Centre for Health Practice Innovation. The Centre was established in 2003 to find solutions to critical healthcare challenges and undertake cutting edge research that results in better health and community care and improved quality of life. This institute supports six major research units: Acute and Critical Care, Ageing and Older People, Maternity and family, Nutrition, NCREN, Cancer Research Unit
This unit has large number of local, regional and international partnerships including:
- Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service
- Mater Children's Hospital
- Princess Alexandra Hospital
- Queensland Health
- Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital
- Royal Children's Hospital
- Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
- Prince Charles Hospital
- Uniting Care
Ameenah Alsebe is currently studying the Bachelor of Nursing at Griffith’s Gold Coast campus
“The great thing about studying at Griffith is the support you receive from the university, such as learning workshops, academic advisors and international student support services. My nursing degree prepares me well for a future career in health by providing me with academic theory training as well as hands-on clinical placements. I get a chance to put the theory training into practice in a real life hospital environment.”