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Nursing & Midwifery

ECU's School of Nursing and Midwifery offers a range of specialist postgraduate Nursing and Midwifery courses, all of which can be studied online, offering you flexible study options.

Nurse satisfaction: maintaining our nursing workforce

2012 saw the commencement of ECU-led research that investigated industry changes to the staffing environment of WA hospitals. The study, funded by an ARC Linkage Grant, and led by ECU Nursing and Midwifery Head of School Di Twigg, in collaboration with University of Technology Sydney, focuses upon two key areas: patient outcomes from both before and after the introduction of Assistants in Nursing (AINs), and nurses’ job satisfaction and intention to continue in the profession from working with AINs.

Once complete, the study is expected to provide evidence on which the WA Department of Health can build the best nurse-staffing models for ward level requirements, and potentially increase job satisfaction among professionally-trained nurses.

Master of Healthcare Studies

Commencing in 2014, The Master of Healthcare Studies is an innovative, student-focused course designed for registered nurses, midwives and other health professionals. Students have the opportunity to extend their clinical and professional skills via a structured, work-integrated learning program. In addition to a series of structured coursework that will introduce students to the concepts and necessary skills for successful work-integrated learning, students will also undertake individual projects/assessment items that address the needs of their employer, their personal and professional development and the requirements of the program.

These projects will need to be achievable within the student’s employment setting and could relate to clinical practice, management or other relevant aspects of their role. A unique trilateral relationship between the student, University and industry is an essential underpinning of this program.

School of Nursing and Midwifery’s new Doctor of Health Science course

Commencing in 2013, ECU's Doctor of Health Science (Clinical Leadership and Management) course connects directly with industry through a "reciprocal engagement strategy" which ensures all course content is designed to address specific, relevant clinical leadership and management issues.

The course is designed to advance students' knowledge of leadership theories, concepts and techniques to produce positive and innovative organisational outcomes, meet organisational goals and objectives, and support research and collative experiences in line with national health reforms.

Remote learning that enhances the postgraduate student community

It's been well-documented that postgraduate Nursing students studying online units enjoy regular interaction with lecturers and fellow students, experiential learning, and use of technology for their online study.

With this feedback in mind, the School of Nursing and Midwifery is set to launch a virtual learning platform within two online Nursing units, one of which is postgraduate, whereby students can actively participate in "real-time" structured tutorials with peers and teachers all from the comfort of their living room.

The initiative aims to enhance the engagement of students in the student community; where issues pertinent to the unit can be discussed, analysed and critiqued in a supportive and safe environment, as well as reducing the feeling of student isolation, which may affect course attrition numbers.

"Postgraduate education is an essential component of maintaining the credibility of nursing as a profession."

"In terms of career progression, postgraduate study has become a prerequisite for appointment to senior positions. However, with a full-time job, husband and three children, I needed a course that would fit in to both home and work, as work/life balance is a priority to me. The ability to complete the course off-campus was therefore of great value. Whilst the idea of online learning can be quite daunting the actual experience was enriching and the support, encouragement and words of wisdom from the module tutors and my research supervisors was excellent."

Janet Jones
Master of Nursing graduate

Research investigates emotional wellbeing of staff

In 2012, Ms Susan Slatyer, Research Fellow within the Clinical Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre at ECU, launched a research project in collaboration with clinical nurses in the palliative care team at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.

The project focused on the Lotus Room which was introduced on the acute oncology ward for the care of patients in the last 48 hours of life. Large enough to accommodate the patient and family members, this room was furnished to allow relatives' comfortable attendance at all times of the day and night.

Researchers determined the characteristics of patients and families who used this dedicated space and investigated how caring for seriously ill people in the room affected the emotional well-being of multidisciplinary hospital staff.

The findings will be used to further develop the Lotus Room to increase the support offered to patients and families. The results of this project will also inform the development of strategies to support staff who care for dying people in other clinical areas of the hospital.

ECU Nursing: Offering Graduates Amazing Employment Opportunities

Twenty new graduate Registered Nurses who completed their undergraduate nursing degrees at ECU have successfully gained positions in the graduate program at Joondalup Health Campus. Eleven of these students have elected to continue their relationship with ECU by enrolling in the postgraduate Graduate Certificate in Transition Nursing whilst participating in their hospital based graduate course. Similar links exist between ECU and Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital for new graduates.

These healthcare facilities also have strong links with ECU in their postgraduate specialty courses, including cardiac, renal, ICU, paediatrics and oncology nursing. The bipartisan agreements between these facilities and ECU ensure postgraduate students have the best of both the academic and clinical support staff to assist them in their studies.

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