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Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner)

Course Description

What is a nurse practitioner?

A nurse practitioner is a registered nurse educated to function autonomously and collaboratively in an advanced and expanded clinical role. This role includes assessment and management of clients using nursing knowledge and skills, but is not limited to the direct referral of clients to other health care professionals, prescribing medications, and ordering diagnostic investigations.

Who is this course for?

This course prepares you for role of nurse practitioner in an advanced clinical setting. On completion of this course you will meet the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council Nurse Practitioner Competency Standards.

Course Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner), graduates will be able to:
*Demonstrate advanced and integrated understanding of the range of extended practice competencies, behaviours, ethical frameworks and professional responsibilities of Nurse Practitioners in a way that integrates them into a nursing model of practice as is appropriate in a rural, remote, indigenous and tropical context
*Synthesise and interpret complex and varied individual and population health presentations and data, and apply a contemporary and advanced body of nursing knowledge and technical skill to design, implement and evaluate management plans that are responsive to patient determined outcomes in stable, unpredictable and complex situations
*Develop strategies to promote and optimize the health, welfare and autonomy of individuals and populations
*Evaluate and apply established and evolving evidence and concepts in their individual practice context
*Deliver and facilitate safe and effective collaborative patient-centred health outcomes within a clearly defined and accepted scope of practice
*Demonstrate a high level of personal autonomy and accountability for their own future professional development and contribute to the professional development of others
*Interpret and justify to specialist and non-specialist audiences’ theoretical propositions and methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions through high level literacy, numeracy and oral communication skills
*Design, plan and ethically execute a research-based project and/or piece of scholarship.

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

Award title

Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) MN(NursePract)

Course pre-requisites

Must be registered as a nurse with AHPRA with no conditions relating to unsatisfactory professional performance or unprofessional conduct; and
Have completed an bachelor degree in nursing, at this or another University; or hold equivalent qualifications; or submit, as an exceptional case, other evidence of appropriate professional attainments including professional experience in nursing; and
Hold a postgraduate qualification in their specialty area; and
Have completed a minimum of five years full-time equivalent (FTE) of clinical experience as a registered nurse of which at least three years FTE is in a relevant specialty area including one year FTE in an advanced practice level in the relevant specialty area of practice; and
Be concurrently employed at least 0.5 FTE in an advanced practice*/nurse practitioner student role for the duration of the course; and
Have access to clinical supervision in their specialty area.
Entry requirements for this course meet the ANMAC Accreditation Standards and Criteria of the degree.
*The definition of advanced practice or advanced practice nursing when used in this document is given to mean the definition as provided in the NMBA Document Endorsement as a nurse practitioner registration standard available at http://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/Registration-Standards.aspx

Post admission requirements

Hepatitis B immunisation:
Students must provide evidence of being immune to hepatitis B. A blood-borne viral disease may result in a student’s inability to obtain a placement in a Queensland Health facility and consequently may result in their inability to complete the requirements of the course as accredited by the relevant professional accrediting body. If a student has not complied with the above requirement before the start of their first placement, their enrolment will be terminated immediately.

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.
*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)

Visit the Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) page on the James Cook University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Completion of a recognised, appropriate undergraduate degree, or equivalent prior learning including appropriate professional experience. (See ''Course pre-requisites'' for further details)

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