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: Ajsa Draganovic

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.

 

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 (UoM)

Stream Facilitator: Izzy Smith

6 West is a 20 bed unit dedicated to caring for Haematology, Oncology and General Medicine patients. 

Subject Facilitation
The course is offered by 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 is an online course with clinical support to complete required clinical hurdles with a clinical educator.

Minimum EFT to undertake this stream is 0.6 per fortnight in the clinical setting.

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.   

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:  Frances Dempster, Patti Ford 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.  

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)

Stream Facilitators: Allyson Backholer, Krystal Waite and Nathan Havlin

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 behavioural 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 Postgraduate stream you enrol into the course at Deakin University at the Master’s degree level.  After completing 4 subjects (total 4-credit points) you may choose to exit the course at the graduate certificate level or complete a further 4 subjects (total 8-credit points) to obtain a graduate diploma or continue to complete the Master of Nursing Practice requiring overall 12-credit points.

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 (CPAP & BiPAP)
  • Assisting with endotracheal intubation
  • Transcutaneous cardiac pacing
  • Cardioversion (elective synchronized and emergency unsynchronized)
  • Haemodynamic Monitoring (arterial line invasive monitoring)
  • Advanced Life Support
  • Triage
  • Mechanical Ventilation

At the completion of the course students can safely care for the complex critically ill patient including those requiring 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

SVHM DCCM Postgraduate Intensive Care Nursing Course

Stream Facilitators: Liz Delaney and Lauren Emmett

The Department of Critical Care Medicine (DCCM) is 15 bed, open plan, Level 3 tertiary referral unit encompassing an intensive care (ICU) and high dependency unit (HDU).

The DCCM admits deteriorating patients from the ward environment, Operating Theatre, Emergency Department plus external admissions from other metropolitan and rural hospitals via Adult Retrieval Victoria (ARV).
Patients admitted to the DCCM present with a wide range of clinical conditions that require intensive nursing care and complex management strategies including; cardiothoracic surgery, neurosurgery, haematology, oncology, medical and general surgery, gastrointestinal, orthopaedic and plastics.

ICU Postgraduate Nursing Students at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne (SVHM) will complete the academic components of the course at Deakin University, by enrolling in the Master of Nursing Practice – Intensive Care.
Master of Nursing Practice- Intensive Care Students are supported in the clinical area by Practice Development Nurses, to provide one on one care to patients with a range of different requirements including; advanced haemodynamic monitoring, management of vasoactive and inotropic drugs, temporary pacing, external ventricular drains / Codman’s, Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump (IABP), Non Invasive Ventilation (NIV), mechanical ventilation support and Continuous Renal Replacement Therapies (CRRT).

For information about the academic requirements of Deakin University’s, Master of Nursing Practice - Intensive Care, please visit: deakin.edu.au/nursing-and-midwifery

For further information about the clinical requirements of Postgraduate Intensive Care Nursing at SVHM, please contact the stream facilitators via email at svhm.educationandlearning@svha.org.au

Medical

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

(Stream not offered in 2020)

Stream Facilitator: Cassandra Coshan

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.   

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

For any enquiries about Postgraduate studies in Mental Health please email MHTrainingEducation@svhm.org.au 

Neurosciences

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

(Stream not offered in 2020)

This stream is not offered in 2020.

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.  

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

Stream Facilitator: Simon Beveridge

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 Hospital Melbourne.

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 provided in Orthopaedic Theatres.   

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 2019 to end of 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: Berni Vinci

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.   

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 

This stream is not offered in 2020 

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

Stream Facilitator: Amelia Fortune

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 course is facilitated by St. Vincent's Hospital Melbourne.

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. 

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