Master of Nursing

Course information
  • Entry requirements
  • Units of Study
  • Career options
  • Student support
Entry requirements

Entry requirements

To apply for the online Master of Nursing, you are required to have:

  • Completed an AQF Level 7 Bachelor of Nursing, or equivalent qualification AND

  • Current Registration as a Registered Nurse (Division 1) OR Registered Midwife with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) OR equivalent registration with the relevant registering authority for applicants outside of Australia AND

  • Completed a minimum of one year of full-time clinical experience, or the part-time equivalent, as a registered nurse. OR

  • Applicants without an AQF 7 Bachelor Degree of Nursing or above who also hold current Registration as a Registered Nurse (Division 1) or Registered Midwife with the Australian Practitioner Regulation Agency (APHRA), or applicants without sufficient clinical work experience will be considered for the Graduate Certificate in Nursing. Upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate, applicants will be eligible for admission to this course with credit granted for completed units.

 

Advanced Standing

You may be eligible to enter into the masters with credit for past skills and/or study, known as advanced standing.
 
If you've already completed any of the units in the course in which you are enrolling, or their equivalent, you may be eligible for advanced standing. Learn more about advanced standing.

Units of study

Units of study

In addition to the innovative core units, you will also complete a practical, multi-faceted research project. Each unit of study lasts for seven weeks.

For more information about the units of study, download a brochure.

Core Units

Promoting Cultural Competence and Community Health (Unit code: HN06001)

This unit examines the major concepts and principles of community health promotion including self-care, continuity of care, primary health care, health promotion, illness prevention, community assessment, family assessment and home care. This unit also examines the major concepts of cultural safety and the skills required of the nursing profession to work ethically with diverse people and communities, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.
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Care Coordination in Practice (Unit code: HNO6002)

This unit explores the competencies registered Nurses need to work within inter-professional teams to provide coordinated care for clients with complex needs. The unit investigates strategies for working together effectively; making informed health care decisions and ensuring continuity of care for clients. This unit provides students with essential skills in utilising available resources effectively, health coaching and consultation, and the development of care plans that meet complex care needs.
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Leading Improvement and Innovation (Unit code: HNO6003)

In this unit, students will determine key safety and quality concerns within the nurse practice environment and their influence on patient outcomes. The unit requires students to formulate an approach to quality improvement that enhances an aspect of the nurse practice environment and patient outcomes in a specialised area of nursing practice.
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Evidence and Research for Practice (Unit code: HNO6004)

This unit investigates evidence-based research and its application in the healthcare setting. Students will develop and refine their skills in searching and critically reviewing and evaluating available nursing and healthcare research and evidence. Students will also learn to use critical appraisal tools to evaluate qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods research.
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Complex Care Coordination (Unit code: HNO6005)

This unit provides for knowledge development in complex care planning, delivery and coordination with a focus on developing knowledge about the principles, practices and relevance of client-focused practice in complex care. Themes in this unit refer to environmental social and clinical assessment, the delivery of clinical programs in the home and funding arrangements and their use to provide care.
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Nursing Informatics (Unit code: HNO6006)

This unit will enable students to take leading roles in digital healthcare to ensure technology is designed and used effectively to enhance their capacity to deliver superior and safer care. Students will learn about and practice health informatics skills to assess the usability of information systems and their alignment to nursing workflow, patient safety and information needs.
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Professional Development in Practice (Unit code: HNO6007)

This unit prepares students to devise, design and assess professional development programs for the healthcare setting. Students will work through the process of developing an effective professional development offering by identifying a workplace learning need to be addressed. Students will then develop goals and objectives and formulate an education program to address the identified need.
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Mental Health Nursing (Unit code: HNO6008)

This unit will further develop students' professional knowledge and expertise in the effective coordination and delivery of specialised mental health care. Students will focus on understanding mental health disorders and how to effectively care for a person experiencing mental health issues or illness. The unit includes a critical review of psychology, to support a greater understanding of mental health disorders across the lifespan and cultural awareness when supporting patients' mental health and well-being.
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Specialisation units:
Chronic Disease and Ageing

Innovation in Aged Care Practice (Unit code: HNO7002)

This unit develops students' capability in the provision of care and support for older persons with multiple co-morbidities that reside in a variety of health contexts. The unit aims to explore and devise innovative care interventions and models of care, for patients, family and carers.
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Ageing and Chronic Disease (Unit code: HNO7003)

This unit provides knowledge and skills to support older people living with chronic conditions, along with their family and carers. Students will analyse the variety of psychological, social and physical factors that contribute to ageing and chronic disease. This unit focuses on the nurse's role as an advocate for evidence-based care, early detection, treatment and evaluation of care programs is emphasised.
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Health and Wellbeing for the Older Person (Unit code: HNO7004)

This unit will identify and clarify the role of the nurse to improve health outcomes and quality of life, for older people living with chronic disease. Unit topics include investigating the promotion of a person-centred care approach, quality safety and risk and ongoing evaluation and maintenance of independence, choice, rights and quality of life.
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Research Project: Chronic Disease and Ageing (Unit code: HNO7901)

In this unit, students will investigate a significant practice issue in their specialisation by undertaking a research project. Students will strengthen their evidence-based research capabilities drawing on the research project proposal from HNO6004 - Evidence and Research for Practice, Students will then engage in further evidence-based research to apply it to their specialisation healthcare setting through engaging in primary research or conducting a systematic review.
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Specialisation units:
Nursing Leadership

Nursing Management (Unit code: HNO7005)

This unit will explore the cognitive, technical and creative principles and practices required to undertake the role of manager/leader in a healthcare setting. The unit will introduce students to human resource management, financial and information management, legislative and policy development as well as education and quality and project management.
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Nursing Leadership and Management (Unit code: HNO7006)

This unit assists students in developing leadership knowledge and skills to achieve better outcomes for patients and create positive working environments. Unit content explores theories, concepts and leadership styles to help nurses further develop their leadership potential and the skills of motivating, coaching, and mentoring.
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Financial Management for Nurses (Unit code: HNO7007)

This unit provides students with a comprehensive understanding of financial management in health care settings. The unit takes a multidisciplinary approach to develop advanced analytical, planning and decision-making skills. Students will demonstrate a variety of financial decision-making skills to take on effective business and financial management functions.
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Research Project: Nursing Leadership (Unit code: HNO7901)

In this unit, students will investigate a significant practice issue in their specialisation by undertaking a research project. Students will strengthen their evidence-based research capabilities drawing on the research project proposal from HNO6004 - Evidence and Research for Practice, Students will then engage in further evidence-based research to apply it to their specialisation healthcare setting through engaging in primary research or conducting a systematic review.
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Career options

Career options

Prepare for the healthcare challenges of the 21st century. Australia requires registered nurses with advanced knowledge, skills and competencies to help innovate and transform the Australian healthcare system.

Study with VU to build on your nursing experience in the provision of care, training, management and change. With our Master of Nursing, you will acquire credentials to progress into management and leadership in your chosen specialisation:

  • Chronic Disease and Ageing
  • Nursing Leadership

Upon completion of this course, Australian Registered Nurses (RNs) will be eligible for the postgraduate qualification allowance.

Student support

Student support

VU Online provides you with the support you need, when you need it, throughout the course. With four layers of student support, our goal is to ensure you succeed in your studies.

Our highly experienced academics understand how to deliver a quality online learning experience and are highly responsive and accessible.

You will also have access to a dedicated Student Success Advisor, who provides motivation and one-on-one personalised assistance with non-academic matters for the duration of the course. You will experience the support of a community through chat, virtual seminars and discussion board activity. Your support network is only a phone call or email away.