The ECU Health Simulation Centre
"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."
Master of Nursing graduate
At the School of Nursing and Midwifery we have a passion for finding better ways to educate and train nurses and midwives and enhance their capacity to professionally and competently contribute to the improved well being in our community.
We strive to provide our students, external partners and the community with access to a unique range of educational and research resources and programs which seek to improve the capacity of individuals, teams and organisations to lead, facilitate and manage change and innovation across the health system.
We integrate the areas of education, research and career development into our overall learning and teaching approach.
Our school is unique in its multidisciplinary approach and we are committed to an integrated plan for clinical skills development so our graduates are confident and competent to practice high quality and safe health care.
We run the largest undergraduate nursing program in Western Australia. The Bachelor of Science (Nursing) is distinctive as it links three areas of activity that are directed at complementing and strengthening clinical development for undergraduate nursing students:
- Clinical training innovations which includes scenario based learning, ‘real life’ simulations, intensive clinical up-skilling, clinical skills workshops including psychomotor skill development, and resources such as DVDs for self directed learning.
- Clinical competency assessment which relates to the delivery of a competency development framework which means that students are well prepared with the skills and competencies required for the level and context of care in which they find themselves when on practical placement.
- Clinical partnerships and industry collaboration encompasses a unique arrangement whereby the school has arrangements with metropolitan and rural hospitals and regions, as well as the private sector, for undergraduate nursing students to undertake their clinical placements in the one setting.