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Nurses are the largest group of health professionals, both in Australia and internationally, and have an important influence and role in healthcare delivery and policy development. In particular, the role of the nurse is central to enhancing the quality of life for individuals across their lifespan. The Bachelor of Nursing at the University of South Australia (UniSA) in Adelaide, Australia has been designed to prepare nurses to meet healthcare delivery requirements for the 21st century and respond to Australian and international healthcare trends.
The Bachelor of Nursing has four integrating themes (safety and quality; population health; cultural competency; evidence based practice) that underpin the curriculum and represent core approaches that inform contemporary nursing practice. Using inquiry based learning; students will study a range of theory and practical courses.
The theory courses within the Bachelor of Nursing provide students with an understanding of the bio-psychosocial determinants of health and illness and integrate the concept of client-centred care. Students develop an understanding of client-centred care as applied to the role of the Registered Nurse while undertaking courses in the areas of child, adolescent, adult and older adults care. Nursing students will also develop skills in communication, problem-solving, decision-making and client management.
As well as contemporary theory content, students enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing undertake a range of practical learning experiences. They are involved in simulation-based learning in nursing laboratories on campus as well as placements in metropolitan, rural and potentially international healthcare delivery settings. These activities equip students with the necessary nursing skills for professional nursing practice.
Clinical nursing placements are undertaken on a full-time basis and require shift work and students must be prepared to undertake placements in South Australia, as interstate placement may not be available. Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing externally are required to attend compulsory intensive on-campus workshops for some courses. Students undertake over 1000 hours of clinical placements.
Honours - Not available
Admission requirements for the Bachelor of Nursing at the University of South Australia (UniSA) in Adelaide, Australia are:
-proficiency in English, demonstrated by (for non-native English speakers) IELTS test scores
-have ONE of the following qualifications:
Qualified for SACE and;
- completed 200 credits of subjects;
- achieved a grade of C- or better in the Personal Learning Plan, 20 credits of literacy, 10 credits of numeracy and the Research Project at Stage 2;
- achieved a grade C- or better in an additional 60 credits at Stage 2; and
- obtained a competitive ATAR.
Alternatively, applicants may qualify for entry if they have:
- completed the equivalent secondary education qualifications as required for university entry under SACE and fulfilled any prerequisite requirements
- Completed the International Baccalaureate Diploma, obtaining a minimum score of 24 points and fulfilled any prerequisite requirements
- Completed or partly completed a recognised higher education program at a recognised higher education institution and fulfilled any prerequisite requirements
- Completed at least four Open Universities Australia (OUA) courses at the appropriate level and fulfilled any prerequisite requirements
- Completed an award from TAFE or from another registered training organisation at AQF Diploma or above and fulfilled any prerequisite requirements
- Qualified for Special Entry and fulfilled any prerequisite requirements
- Completed the Health Science stream University Foundation Studies program
- Enrolled Nurse with a current practising certificate.
Degree & diploma
Bachelor of Nursing
Students in the Bachelor of Nursing should be good communicators and have empathy for others. They need to enjoy a challenge, be problem solvers, perceptive and willing to develop their leadership and management skills. Basic computing skills are important in accessing the online learning environment.
Student registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia is required in order to study this program. Students who do not meet registration criteria and are refused registration by the Board, or who have their registration rescinded during this nursing program, will be unable to continue. The registration process will commence following initial enrolment and further information will be provided by the University with offer letters.
Graduates of the Bachelor of Nursing satisfy the academic requirements for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. The requirements for registration are determined by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.
Who will employ me?
Nurses make vital contributions to society through a variety of ways including health promotion, education, administration and research.
Nurses work in a variety of healthcare settings, including community support centres, hospitals, aged and rehabilitative care facilities, industrial sites, schools and the homes of individuals. Nurses may also find employment in drug and alcohol treatment centres, prisons and community health and welfare organisations such as Asthma SA and the Royal District Nursing Service (RDNS).
Currently there is a high employment demand for Registered Nurses in Australia. This is happening against a backdrop of Australia`s changing demography and health profile: the aging population and increased burden of chronic illness creates an even greater need for nurses. These changes in the environment explain the number and variety of opportunities available to graduates. A future in nursing opens the door to many career paths and the possibility to work all over the world.
Tuition & fees
The tuition fee for the Bachelor of Nursing at the University of South Australia (UniSA) in Adelaide, Australia is $21,000 AUD per year.
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