Streams we offer

St Vincent’s encourages the development of current registered nursing staff to gain postgraduate qualifications.

Students wishing to undertake study in a speciality area must enrol in one of the courses listed below.  The courses listed are aligned with SVHM and offer a robust content reflective of industry needs, delivered by academic organisations that have an existing relationship with SVHM. 

Enrolments in postgraduate programs outside of the list below are unable to be supported by SVHM Education and Learning. 
Students undertaking postgraduate studies not included on this page are ineligible to apply for scholarships offered by SVHM.

To support growth of future postgraduate opportunities; nurses are encouraged to collaborate with Education and Learning to pursue additional postgraduate streams.

For a course to be considered you must request an appointment at SVHM.educationandlearning@svha.org.au to discuss the course with the Postgraduate Coordinator. 

The course will then be reviewed and considered by the Postgraduate Coordinator and the Manager of Continuing Development Programs.


Anaesthetics

Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing (Anaesthetics) – Australian Catholic University

Stream Facilitator: Alex Moroz and Joannie Cheng

The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing (Anaesthetics) is designed to prepare nurses for speciality practice at an advanced practice level.  Through the combination of theory and practice, and the sequence of units, the course offers an opportunity for progressive development of knowledge, skills and competence. 

The Anaesthetic stream consists of four (4) subjects.

Semester 1 

  • NRSG636 Foundations of Speciality Practice 1 (facilitated by ACU) 
  • NRSG633 Clinical Nursing  (facilitated by St Vincent’s) 

Semester 2 

  • NRSG637 Foundations of Speciality Practice 2 (facilitated by ACU) 
  • NRSG 635 Extended Clinical Nursing  (facilitated by St Vincent’s) 

Clinical Rotations
Each student will be given an opportunity to care for patients presenting with a wide variety of complex acute and chronic conditions, who present either electively or as an emergency admission to the Operating Suite.  Throughout the year clinical experience will involve rotations throughout the different specialities in both Anaesthetics and the Post Anaesthetic Care Unit.    Clinical experience will involve rotations into Perioperative Nursing in Semester 1.

Speciality Content/Clinical Hurdles – Semester 1

  • General Anaesthetics 
  • Regional Anaesthesia
  • Invasive and Non-Invasive Ventilation
  • Principals of Asepsis and Surgical Nursing
  • Advanced Life Support
  • Pharmacology
  • Cardiac and Respiratory Physiology and assessment
  • Haemodynamic Monitoring
  • Advanced Pain Management

Speciality Content/Clinical Hurdles – Semester 2

  • Vascular Anaesthesia and Vascular PACU
  • Plastics Anaesthesia and Plastics PACU
  • Urology and Renal Anaesthesia and Urology and Renal PACU
  • Cardiac Anaesthesia
  • Thoracic Anaesthesia
  • Neurosurgical Anaesthesia and Neurosurgical PACU
  • ENT Anaesthesia and ENT PACU
  • Paediatric and Obstetric Anaesthesia
  • Trauma Anaesthesia
  • Management of a difficult airway
  • Leadership and management

Exit with a Graduate Certificate of Clinical Nursing (Anaesthetics)

For further information please contact the stream facilitator via email at SVHM.educationandlearning@svha.org.au

Cancer and Palliative Care

Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice (Cancer and Palliative Care) - University of Melbourne

Stream Facilitator: Abbey Dudok

The Cancer and Palliative care unit at St Vincent’s is a 28 bed ward.  20 beds are dedicated to Haematology, Oncology and General Medicine and 8 beds to Palliative Care. 

Subject Facilitation
The course is offered in conjunction with the Peter MaCallum Cancer Centre and the University of Melbourne.

The certificate is offered part time over 2 semesters and the diploma can be undertaken on a full-time or part-time basis over 12-18 months.

The course consists of both a theoretical and clinical component and lectures are delivered at Peter McCallum Cancer Centre supported by online clinical tutorials and a dedicated clinical educator.

Contact Hours: 54 hours off-campus lectures (Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre). Field practice component of a minimum of 300 hours

Skills gained

The course is designed to promote development of theoretical knowledge to support safe practice as a beginning level specialty nurse in the clinical environment of Cancer & Palliative Care. You will increase your understanding in the pathophysiology of cancer and carcinogenesis, and the principles of cure, control, symptom management and palliation.
The impact of diagnosis, treatment, prognosis and survivorship on the person confronted with a life threatening illness and their family will be explored.  Throughout the subject the development of knowledge and skills in therapeutic communication will be assessed, and providing physical and psychosocial care across the disease trajectory will be promoted. 

Clinical Hurdles

  • Pain Management
  • Administration of Cytotoxic Agents 
  • Management of central venous access devices 
  • Stem Cell Transplants 
  • Blood Product Transfusions
  • Care of the dying

For further information please contact the stream facilitator via email at SVHM.educationandlearning@svha.org.au

Cardiac Care

Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing (Cardiac Care) – Australian Catholic University 

Stream Facilitators:  Patti Ford, Bridie Halliday and Louise West

The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing (Cardiac Care) is designed to prepare nurses for speciality practice at an advanced practice level. Through the combination of theory and practice, and the sequence of units, the course offers an opportunity for progressive development of knowledge, skills and competence. 

The Cardiac Care stream consists of four (4) subjects.

Semester 1 

  • NRSG636 Foundations of Clinical Nursing (facilitated by ACU) 
  • NRSG633 Clinical Nursing  (facilitated by St Vincent’s) 

Semester 2 

  • NRSG637 Foundations of Speciality Practice 2 (facilitated by ACU) 
  • NRSG 635 Extended Clinical Nursing  (facilitated by St Vincent’s) 

Clinical Rotations

Each student will be given an opportunity to care for patients presenting with a wide variety of complex acute and chronic cardiac conditions in a variety of cardiac specialty environments.  Clinical experience will involve rotations in the coronary care unit and cardiothoracic unit.  Supernumerary time will also be given in the cardiac catheter lab, Cardiac theatres and ICU. 

Clinical Hurdles 

  • Patient Assessment 
  • Advanced Life Support 
  • Temporary Cardiac Pacing 
  • Non- invasive Ventilation 
  • Haemodynamic Monitoring 
  • Temporary DDD pacing 
  • Intra-aortic Balloon Pumping 

Exit with a Graduate Certificate of Clinical Nursing (Cardiac Care)

For further information please contact the stream facilitator via email at SVHM.educationandlearning@svha.org.au

Emergency

Masters of Nursing (Emergency) – LaTrobe University 

Stream Facilitators: Candice Birrell and Allyson Backholer

St Vincent’s Emergency Care Department is a 39 bay department including 2 fully equipped resuscitation bays, 16 short stay beds, 16 acute cubicles with monitoring capabilities, a behavioral assessment room and a fast track area.

The Emergency Course offers clinical experience and education in the areas of resuscitation, triage, acute medical and surgical care and major and minor trauma care.

Course Facilitation

To apply for Emergency you enroll in the course at the Master’s degree level.  After completing 2 (30 point) subjects you may choose to exit the course at the graduate certificate level or continue to complete the Masters subjects.

Skills

At the completion of the course students will be expected to be proficient in all areas of the emergency care centre, including triage, team leader in the resuscitation room, and all cubicle areas.

Clinical competencies

  • Non Invasive Ventilation
  • Assisting with intubation
  • Transcutaneous cardiac pacing
  • Hemodynamic Monitoring
  • Advanced Life Support
  • Triage
  • Ventilation

At the completion of the course students can safely care for the complex critically ill patient including those receiving  mechanical ventilation and invasive haemodynamic monitoring, triage independently and be team leader in the resuscitation room.  Students will gain an understanding of the underlying pathophysiology of health problems commonly encountered in the emergency department and associated interventions and care provided to a wide variety of patients.

For further information please contact the stream facilitator via email at SVHM.educationandlearning@svha.org.au

Intensive Care

Masters of Nursing (Intensive Care) – LaTrobe University

Stream Facilitators: Liz Delaney and Lauren Emmett

The Department of Critical Care Medicine is an open plan level 3 tertiary referral unit encompassing a 15 bed intensive care.

The department receives patients internally from the ward environment, Operating Theatre and Emergency Department, and externally from metropolitan and rural hospitals and Adult Retrieval in Victoria.

Patients present with a wide range of clinical conditions that require intensive nursing care and complex management strategies, including cardiothoracic surgery, neurosurgery, haematology, medical and general surgery (gastrointestinal, orthopaedic and plastics.

During the Master of Nursing (Intensive Care) course you will be supported in providing one to one care of patients in the department with advanced haemodynamic monitoring, management of vasoactive and inotropic drugs, temporary pacing, external ventricular drains / Codman's, IABP, NIV, mechanical ventilation support and continuous renal replacement therapies.

The Master of Nursing (Intensive Care) is facilitated by SVHM with exit options at:

* Graduate Certificate (one year, part time, 0.8 EFT, 60 credit points)

* Postgraduate Diploma (two years, part time, 0.8 EFT, 120 credit points)

* The Master of Nursing (three years, part time, 0.8 EFT, 180 credit points)

* Completion of the Graduate Certificate is the minimum recommendation to continue to work in the DCCM at SVHM.

The Master of Nursing (Intensive Care) at SVHM is facilitated in collaboration with Latrobe University (Alfred campus clinical school). Students complete semester 1 workshop study days at SVHM and semester 2 workshop study days at Latrobe University (Alfred campus clinical school). Workshops are designed to support the self directed online learning module.


For Further information please contact the stream facilitator via email at SVHM.educationandlearning@svha.org.au

Medical

Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing (Medical) – Australian Catholic University

Stream Facilitator: TBA

The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing (Medical) is designed to prepare nurses for speciality practice at an advanced practice level.  Through the combination of theory and practice, and the sequence of units, the course offers an opportunity for progressive development of knowledge, skills and competence.

The Medical stream consists of four (4) subjects.

Semester 1

  • NRSG636 Foundations of Speciality Practice 1 (facilitated by ACU)
  • NRSG633 Clinical Nursing  (facilitated by St Vincent’s)

Semester 2

  • NRSG637 Foundations of Speciality Practice 2 (facilitated by ACU)
  • NRSG 635 Extended Clinical Nursing  (facilitated by St Vincent’s)

Clinical Experience
Each student will be given an opportunity to care for patients presenting with a wide variety of complex acute and chronic medical conditions.  Clinical experience will be facilitated by experienced medical nurses.    Supernumerary time will also be given in the high dependency unit. 

Clinical Hurdles

  • Patient Assessment
  • ECG interpretation
  • ABG interpretation
  • Wound Management
  • Advanced Life Support ALS
  • Delirium
  • CVAD Assessment and Management

Exit with a Graduate Certificate of Clinical Nursing (Medical)

For further information please contact the stream facilitator via email at SVHM.educationandlearning@svha.org.au

Mental Health

Postgraduate Nursing Mental Health

Entry Requirements for Post graduate Study Mental Health

Applications must be a Registered Nurse with an appropriate nursing degree and register with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Authority.

Prospective students will have completed a 1 year Mental Health Graduate Nurse Program.  It is expected that all students who wish to undertake the Post Graduate position in mental health are enrolled with a tertiary facility in which to acquire their qualification in Mental Health nursing.

Mental Health Education team

Whilst undertaking post graduate study the Nursing Education Centre will:

  • Provide a supportive learning environment
  • Provide specialty area clinical nurse educators to maximise clinical learning and support
  • Provide varied learning opportunities
  • Provide regular constructive feedback on clinical performance
  • Maintain confidentiality within the education team
  • Provide support and guidance as required
  • Provide monthly clinical supervision

Application Process

Step 1: Discuss with the NUM or Clinical Nurse Educator for mental health, (NUM: 9231 4403, Nurse Educator 9231 4122).

Step 2: Post Graduate positions will be advertised via the Mercury recruitment system in October

Step 3: Applicants should submit their CV and cover letter via Mercury when advertised. As guide advertisements in 2015 occurred in: October

Step 4: Shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview in November

Step 5: Successful applicants will receive notification of formal acceptance in November

Step 6: Applicants then formally apply to the relevant university, attaching the appropriate documentation

RMIT– Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing

This course is facilitated by RMIT University. There are 2 tuition fee types:

  1. Full fee paying
  2. Commonwealth supported place (CSP)  where your tuition fee is shared between you and the Commonwealth Government if you meet the eligibility criteria. There are only a small number of CSPs available.

For further course information please refer to the RMIT Handbook

University of Melbourne – Postgraduate Diploma In Nursing Practice (Mental Health)

This course is facilitated by University of Melbourne. There are 2 tuition fee types:

  1. Full fee paying
  2. Commonwealth supported place (CSP)  where your tuition fee is shared between you and the Commonwealth Government if you meet the eligibility criteria. There are only a small number of CSPs available.

For further course information please refer to the The University of Melbourne handbook.

Scholarships

Neurosciences

Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing (Neurosciences) – Australian Catholic University

The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing (Neuroscience) is designed to prepare nurses for speciality practice at an advanced practice level.  Through the combination of theory and practice, and the sequence of units, the course offers an opportunity for progressive development of knowledge, skills and competence. The course will be clinically facilitated by St Vincent’s and will require attendance at St Vincent's Private Hospital for study days.

The Neuroscience stream consists of four (4) subjects.

Semester 1

  • NRSG636 Foundations of Speciality Practice 1 (facilitated by ACU)
  • NRSG633 Clinical Nursing  (facilitated by St Vincent's Private & St Vincent’s)

Semester 2

  • NRSG637 Foundations of Speciality Practice 2 (facilitated by ACU)
  • NRSG 635 Extended Clinical Nursing  (facilitated by St Vincent's Private & St Vincent’s)

Clinical Rotations

Each student will be given an opportunity to care for patients presenting with a wide variety of complex acute and chronic Neurological conditions.  Clinical experience will be facilitated by experienced Neuroscience nurses. It is anticipated that clinical time will also be facilitated in the neuroscience theatres and interventional radiology. 

Clinical Hurdles

  • Physical Assessment
  • Full Neurological Assessment
  • CSF Drains
  • ICP Monitoring
  • Bulbar Assessmen 
  • Seizure Management

Exit with a Graduate Certificate of Clinical Nursing (Neuroscience)

For further information please contact the stream facilitator via email at SVHM.educationandlearning@svha.org.au

Orthopaedics

Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing (Orthopaedics) – Australian Catholic University - not offered in 2019

The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing (Orthopaedics) is designed to prepare nurses for speciality practice at an advanced practice level.  Through the combination of theory and practice, and the sequence of units, the course offers an opportunity for progressive development of knowledge, skills and competence. The course is facilitated by St Vincent’s and may also incorporate collaboration and study days with Royal Melbourne and Epworth Hospital.  

The Orthopaedic stream consists of four (4) subjects.

Semester 1

  • NRSG636 Foundations of Speciality Practice 1 (facilitated by ACU)
  • NRSG633 Clinical Nursing  (facilitated by St Vincent’s)]

Semester 2

  • NRSG637 Foundations of Speciality Practice 2 (facilitated by ACU)
  • NRSG 635 Extended Clinical Nursing  (facilitated by St Vincent’s) 

Clinical Rotations
Each student will be given an opportunity to care for patients presenting with a wide variety of complex acute and chronic orthopaedic conditions.  Clinical experience will be facilitated by experienced orthopaedic nurses.    Supernumerary time will also be given in Orthopaedic Theatres. 

Clinical Hurdles

  • Patient and neurovascular assessment
  • Plaster application and management
  • Traction & # NOF Hurdle
  • Compartment syndrome
  • Musculoskeletal Assessment
  • Pain assessment

Exit with a Graduate Certificate of Clinical Nursing (Orthopaedics)

For further information please contact the stream facilitator via email at SVHM.educationandlearning@svha.org.au

Renal

Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing (Renal) - online stream Australian Catholic University

The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing (Renal) is designed to prepare nurses for specialty practice at an advanced practice level. Through the combination of theory and practice and the units offered by ACU the course offers an opportunity for progressive development of knowledge, skills and competence.

The course is currently running from mid 2018 to mid 2019 and those undertaking the stream are employed either on 10 East or the Dialysis unit at St Vincent's Melbourne. 

St Vincent's offers rotation time for the 10 East staff to experience working in the Dialysis unit. Participants will be required to complete clinical competencies, attend two Renal study days and be offered supernumerary time in Operating suite and various clinics at St Vincent's including the renal transplant clinic and vascular access clinic.

For further information please contact the Postgraduate Coordinator via email at SVHM.educationandlearning@svha.org.au

Perioperative

Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing (Perioperative)- Australian Catholic University   

Stream Facilitator: Luke Hickey and Jenefer Coleman

The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing (Perioperative) is designed to prepare nurses for speciality practice at an advanced practice level.  Through the combination of theory and practice, and the sequence of units, the course offers an opportunity for progressive development of knowledge, skills and competence. 

The Perioperative stream consists of four (4) subjects.

Semester 1 

  • NRSG636 Foundations of Speciality Practice 1 (facilitated by ACU) 
  • NRSG633 Clinical Nursing  (facilitated by St Vincent’s) 

Semester 2 

  • NRSG637 Foundations of Speciality Practice 2 (facilitated by ACU) 
  • NRSG 635 Extended Clinical Nursing  (facilitated by St Vincent’s) 

Clinical Experience
Each student will be exposed to a number of Surgical Specialties in order to place theory into a practical context, provide opportunities to expand their repertoire of surgical skills and provide an experiential basis for their learning. 

Clinical Hurdles 

  • Patient Assessment 
  • Advanced Life Support 
  • Simple and Complex Surgical Skills
  • Instrumentation
  • Circulating Skills
  • Planning and Evaluation skills

Exit with a Graduate Certificate of Clinical Nursing (Perioperative)

For further information please contact the stream facilitator via email at SVHM.educationandlearning@svha.org.au

Plastics

Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing (Plastics) – Australian Catholic University 

Stream facilitator: TBA 

The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing (Plastics) is designed to prepare nurses for speciality practice at an advanced practice level.  Through the combination of theory and practice, and the sequence of units, the course offers an opportunity for progressive development of knowledge, skills and competence. 

The Plastics stream consists of four (4) subjects.

Semester 1

  • NRSG636 Foundations of Clinical Nursing (facilitated by ACU)
  • NRSG633 Clinical Nursing  (facilitated by St Vincent’s Private Hospital)

Semester 2 

  • NRSG637 Foundations of Speciality Practice 2 (facilitated by ACU) 
  • NRSG 635 Extended Clinical Nursing  (facilitated by St Vincent’s Private Hospital)

This course in run by St Vincent’s private hospital and will be offered in 2019.

Exit with a Graduate Certificate of Clinical Nursing (Plastics)

For further information please contact the Postgraduate Coordinator via email at SVHM.educationandlearning@svha.org.au

Surgical

Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing (Surgical) – Australian Catholic University

The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing (Surgical) is designed to prepare nurses for speciality practice at an advanced practice level.  Through the combination of theory and practice, and the sequence of units, the course offers an opportunity for progressive development of knowledge, skills and competence. 

The Surgical stream consists of four (4) subjects.

Semester 1

  • NRSG636 Foundations of Clinical Nursing (facilitated by ACU)
  • NRSG633 Clinical Nursing  (facilitated by St Vincent’s)

Semester 2

  • NRSG637 Foundations of Speciality Practice 2 (facilitated by ACU)
  • NRSG 635 Extended Clinical Nursing  (facilitated by St Vincent’s)

Clinical Experience
Each student will be given an opportunity to care for patients presenting with a wide variety of complex acute and chronic surgical conditions in a variety of surgical specialty environments.

Supernumerary time may also be given in general operating theatres and with stomal therapy, continence and breast care nurses.

Clinical Hurdles

  • Patient Assessment
  • Male catheterisation
  • Stoma Management
  • Advanced Wound care
  • Fistula Management
  • Nasogastric insertion & Management

Exit with a Graduate Certificate of Clinical Nursing (Surgical)

For further information please contact the stream facilitator via email at SVHM.educationandlearning@svha.org.au