University Handbook 2017

Bachelor of Nursing (Enrolled Nurse)

Course code/s: HBNEN

Course details
Location Bundoora Albury-Wodonga Bendigo Mildura Shepparton
Course code HBNEN HBNENW HBNENB HBNENM HBNENS
Course coordinator Dr Ian Mosley  
Course advisor Dr Ian Mosley Ms Melissa Deacon-Crouch
Available to international students No - International students who are eligible to apply as an Enrolled Nurse, should refer to and apply for admission in the Bachelor of Nursing (pre-registration) and will be awarded advanced standing
Course duration

2 years full-time, or part-time equivalent for ENs with Certificate IV in Nursing (Enrolled Nurse) and registered with AHPRA.

18 months full-time, or part-time equivalent for Applicants holding an 18-month Diploma of Nursing (enrolled Nurse), or an Advanced Diploma of Nursing and registered with AHPRA.

Credit points

195 credit points to 240 credit points (depending on advanced standing awarded)

Exchange opportunity Yes
Leave of absence available Yes, for a maximum of 12 months
Study plan guide  To assist with planning your enrolment, you can download the course structure PDF here 2 year, 18 month
Course queries Current students: ASK La Trobe
Prospective students: Future Students
Notes

 

Course description

The Bachelor of Nursing (Enrolled Nurse) is either a two-year full-time, 240 credit point degree or an 18-month, 195 credit point degree. Graduates will also meet the University and health sciences graduate capabilities. This course is available to students holding a current Enrolled Nurse Registration with the AHPRA who wish to upgrade their qualification to a Bachelor of Nursing.

The course is offered at the Albury-Wodonga, Bendigo, Melbourne, Mildura and Shepparton campuses. It requires students to successfully complete a bridging course in human physiology and anatomy prior to the commencement of the course if their initial Enrolled Nursing Registration is pre-2008. All students must complete the subject NSG2TBN Transition to the Bachelor of Nursing, in place of an elective subject.

The Bachelor of Nursing degree provides you with the knowledge, skills and practical experience to become a highly employable registered nurse, prepared to enjoy a long and rewarding career.

Your hands-on nursing experience begins at our on-campus hospital simulation centres and extends to supervised experience in hospitals and healthcare agencies. Students enrolled at our Melbourne campus will study at one of our Clinical Schools, a unique model of teaching that embeds all practical and classroom learning within leading Victoria hospitals like The Alfred, The Austin, Royal Melbourne Hospital and The Royal Women's Hospital.

You'll cover practical nursing subjects like bioscience, critical illness, indigenous health and intercultural health, as you learn to care for people of all ages, some with long-term and mental health conditions, as well as emergency treatment needs.

You'll also learn how to manage your time, lead teams, manage caseloads and make ethical clinical decisions with a compassionate and caring approach. Our dynamic student exchange program also provides overseas study opportunities with one of our many partner universities around the world. A significant number of our nursing graduates find employment soon after completing their degree, and some eligible student even go on to work overseas.

When you study a Nursing Degree at La Trobe University in Melbourne, you'll be immersed in our unique Clinical Schools - the only nursing education model of its kind in Victoria.

This means you'll complete your degree in a high-profile hospital setting, at one of the Clinical Schools at the Austin, The Alfred, The Northern or Royal Melbourne hospitals.

La Trobe's Clinical Schools provide our nursing students with on-site access to dedicated teaching facilities and regular patient contact, as well as an education led by hospital-based clinicians at the cutting edge of acute patient care.

Thanks to our Clinical Schools model, our Nursing students become familiar with a particular hospital's physical environment, people, policies and procedures over a long period of time - which gives them a head start when it comes to employment. In 2016, two-thirds of participating students were offered employment at the hospitals where La Trobe Clinical Schools are located*.

*Source: Graduate Nurse/Midwifery Program Computer Match 2016 - Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria (PMCV).

Overseas clinical and learning opportunities

In 2016, 36 La Trobe students participated in a two-week clinical and learning placement in Kathmandu, Nepal. Our students assisted in treating children and adults, many of whom had been badly affected by an earthquake that ravaged the country in 2015.

You can also study abroad through a short-term international exchange offered as part of an elective subject in second year. Past students have studied and worked overseas.

Clinical experience

Nursing practicum subjects are offered throughout the course to complement theory and to establish skill competency. Students must satisfactorily achieve a range of competencies in the area of clinical practice. Clinical placements may be required in a range of metropolitan, rural and interstate settings. Clinical placements may be required outside of semester and normal business hours.

Student exchange & overseas short programs

Student exchange and overseas short programs offer a unique opportunity for a meaningful learning and educational experience abroad. La Trobe University encourages all students to make the world their campus by participating in an exchange or overseas short program that fits within your degree structure. Student exchange and overseas short programs may also be eligible for a mobility grant.

Essentials subjects

The three Essentials - Global Citizenship, Innovation & Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Thinking are specialist areas designed to give you an edge with employers. Essentials will enable you to adapt your knowledge and skills to new contexts in a rapidly changing world. Subjects addressing the Essentials are part of all undergraduate La Trobe degrees and can be identified in the subject search by distinct icons. The list of approved subjects can be found on the Essentials webpage.

Course intended learning outcomes

The course intended learning outcomes for this degree are currently under revision.

Course structure - 2 year pathway

The two year pathway requires completion of 240 credit points over two years of full-time or part-time equivalent study.  Please note that the teaching periods within which a subject is offered may vary from those listed below.

First year - 2 year pathway (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SEM-1 ABS0WOM * Wominjeka La Trobe: Indigenous Cultural Literacy for Higher Education 0
TE-SEM-1 LTU0AIM** Academic Integrity Module 0
TE-SEM-1 or TE-W10-25 NSG2NMR Nursing & Midwifery Research 15
See note below# NSG2TBN Transition to Bachelor of Nursing         15
TE-SEM-1 or TE-W09-26 NSG2ANA Nursing Patient with Acute Illness A 15
TE-SEM-1 or TE-W09-26 or TE-W10-25 NSG2HPA Nursing: Health Priorities A 15
TE-SEM-2 or TE-W30-44 NSG2IIH Indigenous & intercultural Health 15
TE-SEM-2 or TE-30-50 NSG2NCI Nursing Patients with Chronic Illness 15
TE-SEM-2 or TE-W30-44 NSG2HPB Nursing: Health Priorities B 15
TE-W30-44 or TE-W30-46 NSG2ANB Nursing Patients with Acute Illness B 15

Note: # 2-year Enrolled Nurse students must enrol in the following prescribed teaching period for NSG2TBN :  Semester 1 at Albury-Wondonga, Mildura and Shepparton; week 09-26 at Bendigo; week 10-25 at Bundoora.

Key: * ABS0WOM is a not-for-credit subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to introduce students to Indigenous Australian perspectives, experiences, history, culture and customs.

** LTU0AIM (previously HLT1AIM) is a zero-credit-point subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to  enhance your knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.

Second year - 2 year pathway (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-W08-26 or TE-W09-26 NSG3TCN Nursing Patients in a Time Critical Context 30
TE-SEM-1 NSG3MHI Nursing: Mental Health and Illness 30
TE-SEM-2 NSG3EPN Engagement in Professional Nursing 15
TE-W28-46 NSG3PHN Primary Health Care Nursing 15
TE-W30-46 or TE-W31-45 NSG3NCR Nursing: Consolidating Reflective Clinical Practices 30

Course structure - 18 month pathway

The 18 month pathway requires completion of 195 credit points over 18 months of full-time or part-time equivalent study.  Please note that the teaching periods within which a subject is offered may vary from those listed below.

First year - 18 month pathway (75 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SEM-1 ABS0WOM * Wominjeka La Trobe: Indigenous Cultural Literacy for Higher Education 0
TE-SEM-1 LTU0AIM** Academic Integrity Module 0
TE-W26-30# or TE-SEM-1^ or TE-WINTER% NSG2TBN Transition to Bachelor of Nursing         15
TE-SEM-2 or TE-W30-44 NSG2IIH Indigenous & intercultural Health 15
TE-SEM-2 or TE-W30-50 NSG2NCI Nursing Patients with Chronic Illness 15
TE-SEM-2 or TE-W30-44 NSG2HPB Nursing: Health Priorities B 15
TE-W30-44 or TE-W30-46 NSG2ANB Nursing Patients with Acute Illness B 15

Note: # All 18 month pathway students at the Bundoora campus must enrol in NSG2TBN teaching period week 26-30. 

Note: ^ All 18 month pathway students at the Albury-Wodonga, Mildura & Shepparton campuses must enrol in NSG2TBN teaching period Semester 1. 

Note: % All 18 month pathway students at the Bendigo campus must enrol in NSG2TBN teaching period Winter Semester.

Note: ^% Regional students entering the course mid-year from TAFE dual enrolment pathways, must enrol in NSG2TBN teaching period Winter Semester at their home campus.

Key: * ABS0WOM is a not-for-credit subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to introduce students to Indigenous Australian perspectives, experiences, history, culture and customs.

** LTU0AIM (previously HLT1AIM) is a zero-credit-point subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to  enhance your knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.

Second year - 18 month pathway (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-W08-26 or TE-W09-26 NSG3TCN Nursing Patients in a Time Critical Context 30
TE-SEM-1 NSG3MHI Nursing: Mental Health and Illness 30
TE-SEM-2 NSG3EPN Engagement in Professional Nursing 15
TE-W28-46 NSG3PHN Primary Health Care Nursing 15
TE-W30-46 or TE-W31-45 NSG3NCR Nursing: Consolidating Reflective Clinical Practices 30

 

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