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Offering Info

Diploma of Nursing

  • National Course Code: HLT54115
  • TAFE NSW code: HLT54115-01V01-20SGR-330

Location – St George, Main Campus

Study Type

Full Time

Course Start Date

12 Oct 2020

Study Commitment

23 Hours per week

Duration

18 Months

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • This training is subsidised by the NSW Government
  • VET Student Loans Available

Course Details

Make a difference as an enrolled nurse in a skills shortage area, with the nationally accredited Diploma of Nursing. You will train in anatomy and physiology, infection control and medication administration and be ready to work in a range of health care settings including acute, aged care, rehabilitation and mental health.

LEARN NEW SKILLS

Through theory and work placement, you will learn to:

  • Care for a person with complex needs
  • Effectively communicate with patients and colleagues
  • Implement, monitor and evaluate nursing care plans
  • Tend and manage wounds in the clinical environment
  • Work within legal and ethical parameters

DEVELOP YOUR TALENT

Develop the qualities needed to get ahead in this career:

  • High levels of professionalism and integrity
  • Advanced communication
  • Practical problem solving

ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS

Completing this course will equip you with:

  • A nationally recognised Diploma qualification
  • Eligibility to apply for NMBA approval and AHPRA registration that enables you to work across Australia as an enrolled nurse

You can go on to support the lives of people in need in:

  • Acute nursing
  • Aged care nursing
  • Rehabilitation nursing
  • Mental health nursing

GROW YOUR CAREER

Take your career further and become a Registered nurse with further study.

Degree pathway:

  • Bachelor of Nursing

INDUSTRY DEMAND

Employment of enrolled nurses in New South Wales is forecast to increase by around 13.5% between now and 2025. Currently, employers are struggling to find enrolled nurses as our ageing population is driving the demand for health care services and professionals.

When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

There are 3 steps to apply for entry to this course:

  1. Submit an application form. Enquire now to receive your application form.
  2. Complete a language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) assessment. To continue to the next stage, you must achieve an English language result of Level 3 or above.
  3. Attend an interview. At the interview you must provide evidence that you have completed:
  • Year 12 of high school or a Certificate III qualification or its equivalent

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) English language requirements

In addition to the TAFE NSW LLN requirement above, to register with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) as an Enrolled Nurse, you must meet the NMBA's English language requirements before you enrol with TAFE NSW.

You will need to demonstrate that you meet the NMBAs English language skills registration standard through an assessment pathway. Visit nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/registration-standards/english-language-skills.aspx and download the pathways flowchart (nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/documents/default.aspx?record=WD19%2f29104%5bv3%5d&dbid=AP&chksum=PqRQLgmQ1OHEpGrOVGv6jM7j11yJjaOx5qoOIyuON44%3d).

COURSE SUCCESS REQUIREMENTS

During your study, you need to meet specific requirements to complete your course.

For the Diploma of Nursing, you must be at least 18 years old for your first work placement. You also need to provide evidence of your:

  • Working with Children Check
  • Criminal History Check
  • Vaccination and health screenings
  • Anything else your work placement provider needs

Your teacher will let you know when this is required.

If your work placement is with NSW Health you will also need to:

  • Sign the NSW Health Code of Conduct and any other forms
  • Complete mandatory online modules
  • Take an occupational assessment and provide your health care worker/student vaccination record

WORK PLACEMENT

During your course, you will undertake a mandatory 440 hours of work placement with a suitable industry employer. This meets the minimum 400 hours required by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC).

TAFE NSW will arrange your work placement.

IS THIS COURSE RIGHT FOR YOU?

To be prepared for this course, it is recommended that you:

  • Have interpersonal skills
  • Are willing to work rotating shifts in your career as a nurse

Physical ability

You must have a reasonable level of fitness and flexibility to carry out:

  • Manual lifting
  • First aid responses like performing CPR while kneeling on the floor

Certain aspects of assessment rely on your physical ability to perform 2 minutes of uninterrupted CPR on adult and infant manikins at floor level, and respond to an emergency where there may be a risk to life.

If you are unable to meet these physical requirements, you will not be able to complete this course.

Note: TAFE NSW will only grant credit for HLTEEN units completed with a provider accredited by the ANMAC, and recognised as an approved program of study by the NMBA in accordance with the Enrolled Nurse Accreditation Standards. Visit ahpra.gov.au/Accreditation/Approved-Programs-of-Study.aspx.

LICENSING REQUIREMENTS

You need to be a registered practitioner to apply for jobs in the industry. Completion of an NMBA approved Diploma of Nursing program will make you eligible to apply to the NMBA for registration as an Enrolled Nurse.

Visit nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/registration-and-endorsement.aspx.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

With 130 locations across the state, TAFE NSW tailors qualifications to meet the needs of the local community and specific student groups (like apprentices, fast-tracked and online students). To make sure this course is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.

To successfully complete this course, you will need:

All students of the Diploma of Nursing will need to be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). For more information, visit:
http://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/Registration-and-Endorsement/Student-Registration.aspx
All students of the Diploma of Nursing program are required to abide by the codes and guidelines of the profession when carrying out their professional experience.

  • Complete all components of the course including a minimum of 400 hours work placement Clinical placement requirements:
    Prior to the first clinical placement, all students must: Before gaining a clinical placement in NSW health Clinconnect system students must provide endorsed copies of the following documents to their course coordinator:
  • Satisfactory completion of a Certificate III (AQF level 3) qualification or equivalent.
  • a valid working with Children Check
  • a valid National Police Record Check
  • evidence they have met NSW Health immunisation requirements.
  • A Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) level at ACSF Level 3-4 when commencing the course and basic computer skills. This will be assessed as part of your enrolment process.

INFORMATION SESSION

There are no Information Sessions scheduled at this time. Please contact campus for more information on 131 601.

STUDY COMMITMENT

This is a full time blended course. You will need to attend approximately 20 hours of class, over 3 days a week, for 18 months.

As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 10 hours of other study per week. You may also be required to complete approximately 7 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including written, online and practical work, independent study, research, practice and assignments.


IS THIS COURSE RIGHT FOR YOU?

If called to interview, applicants will be asked to sign an acknowledgment of their ability to meet the physical and emotional demands of an Enrolled Nurse.
You must declare, during your interview, any health condition(s) (physical or mental), which might prevent you from performing the demands of the job.

If successful you will be required to undertake a criminal record check before placement in health facilities. You are required to undertake a minimum of 400 workplace clinical hours to complete the program. Clinical placements will be undertaken at a facility within SESLHD, including: St George Public, The Sutherland Hospital & the Garrawarra Centre. All units of competency and the workplace clinical must be successfully completed to receive the qualification and to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

All students applying for the Diploma of Nursing must sit a skills and English test.

SERVICES AND STUDY SUPPORT

We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com)
  • Smarthinking - after hours online study support service
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

To keep you safe while studying, some of our face to face classes may be replaced with online or connected learning. We have also modified our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. As restrictions ease, the way you attend your class may change again. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, due to the impacts of COVID 19 there may be a delay or modification in being able to undertake these aspects of your course in the planned timeframe. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

This course is currently scheduled on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.

SMART AND SKILLED FEES

This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the NSW Government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process.

For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?

PAYMENT OPTIONS AND ASSISTANCE

This course is approved for a Commonwealth VET Student Loan (VSL). If you meet the VSL eligibility and academic suitability requirements, you are able to apply to the Commonwealth for a loan to cover all or part of your course fee. We will ask you whether you would like to apply for a VET Student Loan when you enrol and advise you of the process.

To complete your VET Student Loan application, you will need to provide:

  • Your Tax File Number (TFN). If you dont have a TFN, click here for information on how to apply for one. You can complete your loan application with a Certificate of Application for a TFN, but must provide your TFN as soon as it is issued. If you dont provide your TFN before your first census day, you will need to pay the tuition fees for that unit of study.
  • Your Commonwealth Higher Education Student Support Number (CHESSN) ). If you have previously accessed a loan via the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP), either at TAFE or university, you will already have a CHESSN. You must use the same CHESSN whenever you access a student loan. If you dont have CHESSN, we will allocate one on your behalf.
To be eligible for a VET Student Loan, you will need to be assessed as academically suitable to undertake high level VET study. You will need to provide:
  • A copy of your Australian Year 12 Certificate; OR
  • A copy of a certificate showing that you have been awarded a qualification at level 4 or above in the Australian Qualifications Framework (where the language of instruction was English). If you previously completed a Certificate IV or higher qualification at TAFE NSW, just let us know where and when you studied in your application; OR
  • Display competence at Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework in both reading and numeracy through an approved Language, Literacy and Numeracy test. We will let you know if this is required once you apply.
If you intend to apply for a VET Student Loan, its important you know your student obligations.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

You will need to provide for yourself the following resources which you will keep when you complete your study:

  • Students will be required to have Immunizations prior to their clinical placement. The cost of these will vary for each student depending on their immunization status.
  • An Australian Federal Police check is required.
  • Students must wear a uniform when on work placement. TAFE provides one shirt any extra shirts are at a cost of $20.
  • Students will be required to wear black pants or skirt with covered in black shoes.
  • Textbooks are not compulsory but some may be recommended. A list of recommended textbooks will be available. These can cost between $50 - $200.

Find out more about VET Student Loans

Direct payment by Unit of Study instalments is available for this course.

The Units of Study and associated fees for this course are detailed above. Fees are charged on the census day for each Unit of Study. To secure a loan for part or all of your course, you must be eligible and submit a valid application to the Commonwealth for a VET Student Loan. You may withdraw prior to the census date without incurring a fee.

READ BEFORE YOU ENROL

Learn about TAFE NSW Fees

Learn about TAFE NSW Payment/Funding

RECOGNITION

Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition

Applying with us is easy, though the exact process does depend on your course and any prerequisites that go with it. Be sure to read all course information carefully to make sure it is the right qualification, location and study type for you. As you progress through the application and enrolment process you will be prompted to provide additional information.

For further information or assistance, call 131 601.

Find out more about Applying and Enrolling

Core Units
Number Title
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
HLTENN008 Apply legal and ethical parameters to nursing practice
HLTENN001 Practise nursing within the Australian health care system
HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
HLTENN003 Perform clinical assessment and contribute to planning nursing care
HLTENN004 Implement, monitor and evaluate nursing care plans
HLTENN013 Implement and monitor care of the older person
HLTENN006 Apply principles of wound management in the clinical environment
HLTENN012 Implement and monitor care for a person with chronic health problems
HLTENN007 Administer and monitor medicines and intravenous therapy
HLTENN015 Apply nursing practice in the primary health care setting
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
HLTENN002 Apply communication skills in nursing practice
HLTAAP002 Confirm physical health status
HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care
HLTAAP003 Analyse and respond to client health information
HLTENN011 Implement and monitor care for a person with acute health problems
HLTENN005 Contribute to nursing care of a person with complex needs
HLTENN009 Implement and monitor care for a person with mental health conditions
Elective Units
Number Title
14393A Workplace clinical practice
HLTAID003 Provide first aid
HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety
HLTWHS006 Manage personal stressors in the work environment
HLTENN010 Apply a palliative approach in nursing practice
CHCPOL003 Research and apply evidence to practice

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

Enrolled nurses can work in general or specialised health care facilities including acute (hospital), care, medical centres, community, mental health, rural and remote, aged care and palliative care.

Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

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Course Location

St George, Main Campus
Corner Princes Highway & President Avenue, Kogarah
Phone 131 601

Fees information

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