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Graduate Certificate of Nursing (Leadership and Management)

Course Description

Effective leadership is crucial in a health care industry, where continuous change requires people of vision and commitment to meet the challenges of providing effective health care.
Concepts within the subjects of this course cover negotiation and dispute resolution, clinical governance, health care management, and emotional intelligence.

Who is this for?

The course is aimed at nurses in leadership positions (such as Directors of Nursing, Assistant Directors of Nursing, Nurse Unit Managers and Clinical Nurse Consultants), or those being prepared for leadership roles in the future. These leadership roles include setting the strategic direction for services, human resource management, and budget preparation and management, with the key responsibility of providing optimum patient care while maintaining patient safety.

Course learning outcomes

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:
*Apply and adapt specialised knowledge, skills and technical competencies within nursing science, across a variety of health contexts, including tropical, rural, remote and Indigenous settings
*Critically analyse, synthesise and evaluate a range of data and evidence to provide solutions to complex nursing problems
*Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for professional development based on reflection on current competence, professional standards and published evidence
*Make high-level, independent judgements and evaluations about nursing interventions related to a speciality area of nursing
*Communicate complex theoretical knowledge, skills and treatment modalities using high-level oral and written language and, where appropriate, numeracy skills to a variety of professional and client groups.

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Course articulation

Students who complete this course are eligible for entry to the Graduate Diploma of Nursing or Master of Nursing and may be granted advanced standing for subjects completed under this course.

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

Entry requirements (Additional)

English band level 2 - the minimum English Language test scores you need are:
*Academic IELTS – 6.5 (no component lower than 6.0), OR
*TOEFL – 570 (plus minimum Test of Written English score of 4.5), OR
*TOEFL (internet based) – 90 (minimum writing score of 21), OR
*Pearson (PTE Academic) - 64

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 Graduate Certificate of Nursing (Leadership and Management) page on the James Cook University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Completion of an AQF level 7 bachelor degree in nursing or equivalent qualification and eligibility for nurse registration in Australia.

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