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At the School of Nursing and Midwifery we have a passion for finding better ways to educate and prepare nurses and midwives, enhancing their capacity to professionally and competently contribute to improved wellbeing in our community.

State of the art facilities and a vibrant research program

  • Our state-of-the-art facilities on the Joondalup and South West Campuses incorporate world class demonstration wards and simulation capacity. Teaching and support satisfaction scores from students rank ECU in the Top 5 universities in Australia based on 2015 QILT data.
  • Our academic staff have strong clinical backgrounds and teaching experience to help students apply theory to clinical situations, preparing them for successful careers in nursing and midwifery.
  • Our strong relationships, established and maintained over many years with a large number of quality health care providers throughout WA, provide students with a very broad range of clinical settings in which to learn the skills necessary for safe, evidence-based practice.
  • Our courses - comprising over 2000 students over both campuses, supported by 75 core academic and professional staff, the School of Nursing and Midwifery offers a number of entry to profession degrees.
  • Our research performance is strong and in the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2015 our school (four digit FOR code Nursing 1110) was ranked at a five, well above world standard. This is the highest possible score and maintains the 5 we achieved in the previous evaluation in 2012.

Multi-disciplinary approach

At the School of Nursing and Midwifery we integrate education, research and career development into our overall learning and teaching methodology. Our school is unique in this multi-disciplinary approach.

All of our entry to profession degrees are distinctive as they link three areas of activity that complement and strengthen clinical development for nursing and midwifery students:

  • Clinical learning innovations, which include scenario-based learning, ‘real life’ simulations, intensive clinical up-skilling, and clinical skills workshops including psychomotor skill development.
  • Clinical competency assessment and the delivery of a competency development framework so that students are well prepared with the skills and competencies required for the level and context of care when on practical placement.
  • Clinical partnerships and industry collaboration through arrangements with metropolitan and rural hospitals and regions, as well as the private sector, to enable nursing and midwifery students to undertake their clinical placements in the one setting.

Find out about the history of Nursing at ECU.

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