About this course
Melbourne School of Professional and Continuing Education
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|Award title||Specialist Certificate in Cancer Nursing|
|Year & campus||2020 — Parkville|
|Fees information||Subject EFTSL, level, discipline and census date|
|Study level & type||Graduate Coursework|
|Credit points||25 credit points|
|Duration||6 months part-time|
The Specialist Certificate in Cancer Nursing is delivered by cancer nursing clinical experts and educators. This course provides students with the beginning scientific and theoretical knowledge related to cancer control and patient-family centered care.
As a student of this course you will complete two wholly online core subjects: Applied Pathophysiology and the Foundations of Cancer Nursing. This course is completed part-time of six months duration.
This course is suitable for nurses who are new to practising in cancer care services and as an entry pathway to the Graduate Certificate in Cancer Nursing.
1. In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have:
- Completed a Bachelor or Nursing (or equivalent qualification, i.e. Master of Nursing Science entry to practice); and
- Documented evidence of clinical experience in area of specialty practice within the preceding five years from the time of application; and
- Current unrestricted registration as a Division 1 Registered Nurse with AHPRA or equivalent registration with an international health practitioner regulation agency.
Meeting these requirements does not guarantee selection
2. In ranking applications, the Selection Committee will consider:
- Prior academic performance
- Area of speciality practice and clinical experience
3. The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Academic Board rules on the use of selection instruments.
4. Applicants are required to satisfy the university’s English language requirements for graduate courses. For those applicants seeking to meet these requirements by one of the standard tests approved by the Academic Board, performance band 6.5 is required.
Inherent requirements (core participation requirements)
The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook. Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home
Intended learning outcomes
The course learning outcomes are adapted from competency standards for nurses in cancer control (The National Cancer Nursing Education Project (EdCaN), Cancer Australia, 2009).
The Specialist Certificate in Cancer Nursing provides students with the theoretical knowledge and an understanding of the scientific advances specific to cancer nursing by:
- Identify the contribution of nurses in interprofessional cancer control across the continuum of care
- Demonstrate beginner knowledge of the scientific and research-based evidence that underpins cancer care
- Demonstrate the ability to critically appraise relevant research evidence for the care of people affected by cancer
- Justify and rationalise the capacity to assess, review and analyse patient health data and identify different treatment strategies and approaches
Application of knowledge and skills
- Demonstrate knowledge of cancer biology and cancer control across the continuum of care by describing safe and effective specialist cancer nursing care
- Use evidence-based resources to provide tailored information and education to people affected by cancer to enable self-management.
- Apply a high level of problem solving skills to their area of clinical practice
- A high level of critical thinking and analytical skills
- A high level of oral and written communication skills
- Feel confident when tackling unfamiliar problems
- The ability to plan their own work
The Melbourne Experience enables our graduates to become:
- have a strong sense of intellectual integrity and the ethics of scholarship
- have in-depth knowledge of their specialist discipline
- reach a high level of achievement in writing, generic research activities, problem-solving and communication
- be critical and creative thinkers, with an aptitude for continued self-directed learning
- be adept at learning in a range of ways, including through information and communication technologies
Knowledgeable across disciplines:
- examine critically, synthesise and evaluate knowledge across a broad range of disciplines
- expand their analytical and cognitive skills through learning experiences in diverse subjects
- have a set of flexible and transferable skills for different types of employment
- have the capacity to participate fully in collaborative learning and to confront unfamiliar problems
Leaders in community:
- initiate and implement constructive change in their communities, including professions and workplaces
- have excellent interpersonal and decision-making skills, including an awareness of personal strengths and limitations
- mentor future generations of learners
- engage in meaningful public discourse, with a profound awareness of community needs
Attuned to cultural diversity:
- value different cultures
- be well-informed citizens able to contribute to their communities wherever they choose to live and work
- have an understanding of the social and cultural diversity in our community
- respect indigenous knowledge, cultures and values
Active global citizens:
- accept social and civic responsibilities
- be advocates for improving the sustainability of the environment
- have a broad understanding, with a high regard for human rights, equity and ethics
Students must commence the course undertaking NURS90076 Applied Pathophysiology first, and then complete NURS90121 Foundations in Cancer Nursing.
Students will commence with the pre-requisite subject NURS90076 Applied Pathophysiology. Applied Pathophysiology is a 12.5 point subject offered wholly online at the start of the year and at mid-year.
Students then complete NURS90121 Foundations in Cancer Nursing which is a 12.5 point subject offered wholly online in Term 4 2020. In 2021, this subject will be available in both Term 2 and Term 4.
|Code||Name||Study period||Credit Points|
|NURS90121||Foundations in Cancer Nursing||
Last updated: 18 December 2020