Nurses are critical to the success of any healthcare system and Australian trained nurses are much in demand all over the world. At undergraduate level, the Bachelor of Nursing is a three-year professional degree that will qualify you as a General Registered Nurse. As this term suggests, the focus is on creating graduates with a strong academic and practical skill in all areas of nursing. If you wish to specialize in a precise area – for example paediatric, mental health, oncology or emergency nursing – you would do so at postgraduate level (please see information below).
This method confirms that nursing graduates have a huge number of choices open to them after they finish studying, and are able to choose whether they want to focus on one area at a later stage (often after having worked and gained real-world professional experience) rather than being limited in their career by only being proficient in one area of nursing.
Different courses are available for students who would favor to study to diploma rather than degree level.
There are also professional conversion courses available for people who have already trained as a nurse outside Australia, as well as graduate entry nursing programs intended at those who already have a Bachelors degree in a different subject who wish to retrain and qualify as nurses. This course is generally called the Master of Nursing Practice, and it is offered at some Australian universities including Monash University in Melbourne.
Postgraduate nursing programs in Australia offer already-qualified nursing professionals the opportunity to specialize or further develop their skills in a particular area. Master of Nursing courses offer specialisms including paediatrics, critical care, nursing education, emergency nursing, disaster and emergency management, aged care, advanced medical and surgical, mental health, palliative care, and nursing management. They are aimed at nurses looking to take their careers to the next level.