Inherent requirements are the essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the abilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit, while preserving the academic integrity of the university's learning, assessment and professional accreditation processes and of the nursing and midwifery professions. The inherent requirements are the abilities, knowledge and skills needed to complete the course that must be met by all students.
Students with a disability or chronic health condition may be able to have reasonable adjustments made to enable them to meet these requirements.
The School is committed to making reasonable adjustments to teaching and learning, assessment, clinical practice and other activities to enable students' to participate in their course. Reasonable adjustments must not fundamentally change the nature of the inherent requirement. Students are required to undertake activities which reflect the Australian health care context which may include mixed gender, religious and culturally diverse environments. For further information contact your Director of Academic Program.
Successfully completing a pre-registration course in nursing and/or midwifery enables you to apply for registration in Australia as a registered nurse and/or midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA), which is a partner board of the Australian Health Practitioners Registration Authority (AHPRA).
To support potential and current students' decision making, a series of inherent requirement statements has been developed. These statements specify the requirements of the ECU pre-registration nursing and midwifery courses for student admission and progression.
The statements are clustered under eight domains consisting of ethical behaviour, behavioural stability, legal, communication, cognition, sensory abilities, strength and mobility and sustainable performance.
How to read the Inherent Requirement statements
If you are intending to enrol in a pre-registration nursing and/or midwifery course at the ECU School of Nursing and Midwifery, you should look at these Inherent Requirement statements and think about whether you may experience challenges in meeting these requirements.
If you think you may experience challenges in meeting these requirements for any reason, you should discuss your concerns with the coordinator of the course you want to apply for/enrol in or the ECU Student Equity, Diversity and Disability Service. These staff can help you determine reasonable adjustments to assist you to meet the Inherent Requirements. In cases where it is determined that the Inherent Requirements cannot be met with reasonable adjustments, guidance will be provided regarding other study options.
The Inherent Requirements are made up of the following five components and domains:
- Level 1 – introduction to the Inherent Requirement
- Level 2 – description of the inherent requirement
- Level 3 – explanation of why this is an inherent requirement of pre-registration nursing and midwifery courses
- Level 4 – the nature of any adjustments that may be made to help you meet the Requirement
- Level 5 – examples of tasks that show you have met the requirement. These are examples only and are not a comprehensive list.
There are eight domains of Inherent Requirements in each of the pre-registration nursing and midwifery courses at ECU. Some have a number of sub-domains.
Acknowledgement: This content is based on that developed by Johnson, A., Allan,T., Phillips,K., Azzopardi,T., Dickson,C., Goldsmith,M & Hengstberger-Sims, C. (2011). Inherent Requirements of Nursing Education (IRONE), University of Western Sydney (UWS) School of Nursing & Midwifery and UWS Student Equity & Disability Services to form the UWS Inherent Requirements http://www.uws.edu.au/ir
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