There’s no better feeling than helping people in their hardest times. Undertaking a Diploma of Nursing will give you the advanced skills to work in the modern healthcare environment, performing clinical assessments, looking after people with complex needs, monitoring and administering medications, and applying theory and findings to your practice.
As an enrolled nurse, you could find yourself working in aged care, acute surgical and medical wards, mental health, rehabilitation, and community health. Your pathway is entirely up to you, and you’ll receive support from industry professionals every step of the way.
Qualifications and RecognitionUpon successful completion of this course students will be eligible to receive the Diploma of Nursing.
This qualification reflects the role of an enrolled nurse working under the supervision of a registered nurse in a variety of clinical settings. This may include but not limited to nursing work in hospitals, aged care, community centres, district nursing, schools, mental health and medical clinics.
Opportunities for Further Study
- Bachelor of Nursing (not on offer at TAFE Gippsland)
- Bachelor of Paramedical Science (not on offer at TAFE Gippsland)
Mandatory entry requirements
- Provide proof of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia English Language Skills Registration Standards requirements prior to enrolment into the Diploma of Nursing.
- Meet NMBA Criminal History Registration Standard
- Prospective student to complete online application form
- Minimum ACSF level 4 in all levels
- Attend and be successful in a group (4 applicants per group) interview.
- Provide Police Check in each year of placement without disclosures
- Proved Working with Childrens Check without disclosures
- Must be 18 years of age and over
As per proof on English, students must meet the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) English Language Skills Registration Standards PRIOR to admission into the Diploma of Nursing.
English Language Skills must be demonstrated in one of the following ways:
- English is your primary language: satisfactorily completed at least six years of primary and secondary education taught and assessed in English including at least two years at a secondary school level, in one of the recognised countries (Australia, United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa or United States of America), OR
- If English is your second Language: Extended education pathway - you have completed 5 years of continuous full-time equivalent of a combination of secondary and vocational and/or tertiary level education taught and assessed in English in any of the recognised countries (see above)
- Successful completion of an English Language Skills test to the specified levels. These tests must be completed within the 2 years prior to enrolment
ELS APPROVED TESTS:
NOTE: accept test results must be:
- i. from one test sitting, or
- ii. a maximum of two test sittings in a six month period only with the following results:
Demonstrated achievement of the required minimum scores in one of the following English language tests:
a. IELTS (academic module) with a minimum overall score of 7 and a minimum score of 7 in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking).
- you achieve a minimum overall score of 7 in each sitting, and
- *you achieve a minimum score of 7 in each component across the two sittings, and
- no score in any component of the test is below 6.5
b. OET with a minimum score of B in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking).
NOTE: accept test results:
- you are tested in all four components in each sitting, and
- you achieve a minimum score of B in each component across the two sittings, and
- no score in any component of the test is below C.
c. PTE Academic with a minimum overall score of 65 and a minimum score of 65 in each of the four communicative skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking).
NOTE: accept test results:
- a minimum overall score of 65 is achieved in each sitting, and
- you achieve a minimum score of 65 in each of the communicative skills across the two sittings, and
- no score in any of the communicative skills is below 58
d. TOEFL iBT with a minimum total score of 94 and the following minimum score in each section of the test:
- 24 for listening,
- 24 for reading,
- 27 for writing, and
- 23 for speaking.
ELS evidence is ONLY accepted from the following
- School reports or transcripts,
- Letter from school attended
- Letter from Education Department
Students must meet the NMBA Criminal History Registration standard to be registered at course completion. This can be reviewed at https://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/Registration-Standards/Criminal-history.aspx
Recommended entry requirements
- Immunisations and related serology's listed MUST be up to date and proof provided to TAFE Gippsland a minimum of 8 weeks prior to any placements:
- These are completed at a cost to the student as charged by medical clinic
- Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Varicella
- Measles, Mumps, Rubella
- Hep B
- Flu Vax
- Minimum Year 12 or Mature Age Entry
- Candidate must be physically fit as clinical Labs and placement require a certain degree of physical fitness where the student will be standing for long periods, bending and using manual handling equipment.
- Basic word processing skills
- Access to computer and internet connection
- Ability to attend scheduled clinical placements.
VET Student LoansVET Student Loans are available to assist eligible students studying higher level vocational education and training (VET) qualifications to pay their tuition fees. Higher level VET qualifications are at those at a Diploma level and above. VET Student loans are capped at a maximum for each approved course of study and the amount of the loan cannot be greater than your remaining FEE-HELP balance. If eligible for a student loan, you can access up to $15225 to help cover the tuition fees for this course. For more information about VET Student Loans and eligibility requirements, please click here.
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Specialist Course Information
PlacementSuccessfully complete 10 weeks full time of clinical placements equating to a Total of 400 hours. This weekly allocation of time will exceed the industry standards of 38 hours due to ANMAC Requirements of a minimum of 400 hours over the duration of all placement blocks.
Placement is arranged by: Institute
Pathway to Industry Licence
On completion of this course it is recommended that all potential applicants check the AHPRA website www.ahpra.gov.au for details relating to registration requirements.
For further detailed information on the registration standards, please refer to the AHPRA website.
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Recognition of Prior LearningMany TAFE Gippsland courses offer Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Click to learn more about RPL and how it can benefit you.
|CHCPAL002 Plan for and provide care services using a palliative approach|
|CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice|
|HLTAAP002 Confirm physical health status|
|HLTAAP003 Analyse and respond to client health information|
|HLTAID003 Provide first aid|
|HLTENN001 Practise nursing within the Australian health care system|
|HLTENN002 Apply communication skills in nursing practice|
|HLTENN003 Perform clinical assessment and contribute to planning nursing care|
|HLTENN004 Implement, monitor and evaluate nursing care plans|
|HLTENN005 Contribute to nursing care of a person with complex needs|
|HLTENN006 Apply principles of wound management in the clinical environment|
|HLTENN007 Administer and monitor medicines and intravenous therapy|
|HLTENN008 Apply legal and ethical parameters to nursing practice|
|HLTENN009 Implement and monitor care for a person with mental health conditions|
|HLTENN011 Implement and monitor care for a person with acute health problems|
|HLTENN012 Implement and monitor care for a person with chronic health problems|
|HLTENN013 Implement and monitor care of the older person|
|HLTENN015 Apply nursing practice in the primary health care setting|
|HLTENN025 Implement and monitor care for a person with diabetes|
|HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures|
|HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care|
|CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people|
|CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services|
|CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety|
|CHCPOL003 Research and apply evidence to practice|
Practical experiences, practical demonstrations in simulated work conditions, journals, oral presentations, presentations to audiences, case studies, projects, group projects, group discussions, written essays, examinations, problem solving, documents/folios