Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2013 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2013 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Managing facultyMedicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Abbreviated titleMNPrac
CRICOS code068373J
Total credit points required96
Standard duration of study (years)1.8 years FT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton, Gippsland)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

School of Nursing and Midwifery: Clayton: telephone +61 3 9905 5328; email;

Gippsland: telephone +61 3 5122 6936; email; or visit

Course coordinator

Ms Ingrid Brooks (Clayton), Dr Pamela Wood (Gippsland)


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • Full-time study only. Students are required to take units over summer semester to complete this course in one and a half years.
  • This course requires attendance at off-campus practical placements which may occur in a range of locations.


This course encompasses both theoretical units and clinical practice units aimed at graduates from other disciplines. The course is a pre-professional program that on successful completion allows the student to apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia to register as a Division 1 Registered Nurse. The course is based on the principles of student-centered adult learning principles emphasising innovation and problem solving and further developing students as life-long learners. The principles of flexible learning emphasising the discovery, analysis and integration of information, problem-solving, and communication is the cornerstone of this program.


On completion of the course the graduate will be able to:

  • critically evaluate contemporary issues in nursing and health service management within the Australian health care system
  • examine theoretical frameworks for ethical and legal nursing practice
  • discuss the physical, psychological and social changes that affect the person with health problems
  • demonstrate clinical decision-making and clinical reasoning skills
  • identify and utilise culturally relevant and age-specific strategies that promote independence, self esteem and dignity
  • demonstrate leadership through application of best practice principles and evidence informed nursing practices
  • observe, measure and present clinical data and discuss the validity of the data
  • demonstrate safe evidence-based clinical practice based on the integration of theoretical principles and practical skills
  • demonstrate the application of science knowledge when conducting and documenting comprehensive assessments of clients utilising appropriate assessment tools
  • evaluate the clinical application of evidence-based research and the ethical principles in the management of complex nursing situations
  • reflect critically on their own actions and on the nature of nursing practice in relation to the management of complex health situations, and practice in accordance with ANMC Competencies for the Registered Nurse and other professional standards.

Credit for prior studies

No credit will be granted for this course.

Special requirements

Students must refer to the information available on the special requirements outlined below. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure they have the correct documentation.

Police checks

Students must have a current Police check regarding their suitability to undertake placements. Information available at

Working with Children checks

Students must have a current Working with Children check regarding their suitability to undertake placements. Information available at

Immunisation and infection procedures

Students must comply with procedures to minimise the risk of cross-infection of communicable diseases, and obtain documentary evidence of relevant vaccinations prior to clinical placements. Information available at

Drug administration policy

Students should be aware of their legal responsibilities regarding the administration and storage of drugs. In addition, it is the policy of the School of Nursing and Midwifery that where drugs are required to be checked by two people prior to administration; the student and supervisor (clinical teacher or registered nurse) are considered as one person. Students should be aware of the drug administration policy relevant to the particular year of study.


Assessment approaches will vary according to the learning objectives including examinations, written assignments, quizzes, oral or poster presentations, laboratory or simulation exercises and clinical assessments.


Clinical practice

In the clinical setting students will have an opportunity to apply theory to practice under supervision. The Master of Nursing Practice course has approximately fifty per cent of the program allocated to clinical experience. Generally speaking, students on clinical placements will participate in unpaid fully supervised shift work including weekend shifts, as prescribed in each unit of study. Later in the program there may be a requirement to do occasional night duty.

Attendance is mandatory for the clinical component of each unit. 'Make-up' time for any missed shifts will be arranged in consultation with the clinical coordinator on receipt of a medical certificate. Where a student's skill or knowledge is found to be inadequate, access to the clinical component of the unit will be denied. A student may be withdrawn from a clinical practicum if required skills and knowledge are deemed inadequate, or on other grounds deemed appropriate by the head of school.

Clinical expenses

Students are responsible for all travel and accommodation expenses related to clinical placements.

Uniforms and accessories are required for clinical placements and students will be notified regarding purchase arrangements upon commencement.

Professional recognition

After successful completion of the program students will be able to apply for registration as a Division 1 Registered Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.


This course consists of eight core units.


First year

  • NUR5002 Contemporary nursing practice 2
  • NUR5011 Contemporary nursing in context 1
  • NUR5022 Contemporary nursing in context 2
  • NUR5111 Contemporary nursing practice 1

Second year

  • GHS5850 Nursing practice and management
  • NUR5003 Contemporary nursing practice 3
  • NUR5004 Contemporary nursing practice 4
  • NUR5033 Contemporary nursing in context 3


Master of Nursing Practice