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Course content

You will explore and reflect upon health care issues within a framework of contemporary nursing practice, and practise advanced physical nursing assessment (having acquired knowledge and skills in both physiological and pathophysiological processes, pharmacological concepts, and relevant principles of microbiology).

Who is this course for?

This course is for degree-qualified registered nurses looking to advance their skills in advanced physical nursing assessment. This is a flexible course that can be tailored to suit your professional needs.

Course learning outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Nursing degree will be able to:
*Communicate effectively and efficiently, including the ability to interpret and transmit both theoretical and practical knowledge, skills and ideas to specialist and non-specialist individuals and groups, such as consumers, key stakeholder groups and other members of the health care team
*Use expert judgement, adaptability and responsibility in the complex care of clients that incorporates relevant policy and budgetary directives.
*Design and implement research and actively contribute to research projects that advance the body of knowledge in their clinical specialty
*Utilise the practice and processes of reflection and advocacy for both self-improvement and improvement in the quality of client care delivered in their specific clinical area
*Synthesise advanced theoretical and practical knowledge and exercise expert judgement to address specific complex problems within the health care system, taking into consideration the professional, legal and ethical responsibilities of nursing practice
*Demonstrate, integrate and promulgate principles of cultural awareness and safety, professional regulation, economic and political issues as they relate to the diverse geographic, professional and clinical specialty contexts
*Deploy and evaluate existing and emerging technologies, including information literacy and clinical technologies, in the provision of complex patient care and the maintenance of high level communication in the workplace
*Safely and competently perform complex technical and/or clinical nursing skills in the delivery of appropriate client care across a broad range of clinical contexts
*Act as role models and mentors to other less experienced clinicians and to student practitioners
*Act as change agents and innovators by using creativity and initiative to continually improve the quality of care and the efficiency of the work unit.

This course is available to International students via external or distance education only.

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Entry requirements (Additional)

English band level 3a - the minimum English Language test scores you need are:
*Academic IELTS – 7.0 (no component lower than 6.5), OR
*TOEFL – 577 (plus minimum Test of Written English score of 5.5), OR
*TOEFL (internet based) – 100 (minimum writing score of 23), OR
*Pearson (PTE Academic) - 72

If you meet the academic requirements for a course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will be given the opportunity to take an English program to improve your skills in addition to an offer to study a degree at JCU. The JCU degree offer will be conditional upon the student gaining a certain grade in their English program. This combination of courses is called a packaged offer.
JCU’s English language provider is Union Institute of Languages (UIL). UIL have teaching centres on both the Townsville and Cairns campuses.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 3a – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Why JCU?

James Cook University offers personal attention and ongoing support for you to achieve your goals. We have:
*Academic and professional staff across our four major campuses
*specialised biophysical science laboratories
*simulated hospital wards

Application deadlines

*1st February for commencement in semester one (February)
*1st July for commencement in semester two (mid-year/July)

Visit the Master of Nursing (Advanced Clinical Practice) page on the James Cook University website for more details!





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