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HLT54121 Diploma of Nursing

HLT54121 Diploma of Nursing

National ID HLT54121 State ID BGW5

Discover your calling as an enrolled nurse. 

Embrace your caring nature in a rewarding career where no two days are ever the same. 

The Diploma of Nursing provides you with the skills to assist in the provision of preventative, curative and rehabilitative nursing. Upon successful completion, you are eligible to be registered as an enrolled nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. 

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This course remains FEE FREE in 2024! The course fees are 100 per cent subsidised by the WA State Government for WA residents.

Some eligibility conditions apply for the free training, and other fees may apply for some courses. Please see the FAQs on our Skills Ready page for further information.

CampusesPundulmurra Campus.

Study Mode Off campus. On campus. Online.

 

Throughout this course, you will learn about anatomy and physiology, infection control, nursing care, nutritional and mental health care, health issues with a focus on Indigenous Australians, as well as the legal and ethical parameters of nursing. 

For more information, please read the Diploma of Nursing Booklet. (1 MB) (PDF document)

Please be aware that COVID-19 vaccination may be an employment requirement for some healthcare providers. NR TAFE students undertaking work placements or who are required to attend a healthcare or community setting as part of their studies are advised to check directly with the healthcare provider regarding their policy settings around vaccination and proof of vaccination requirements.

Please note, the nursing program is only offered full time and by blended delivery.

 

 

 

 

 

Throughout this course, you will gain skills in: 

  • Communication  
  • Health and safety in hospitals and aged care facilities 
  • Clinical assessment and nursing care 
  • Cultural safety and professional practice 
  • Applying legislation and ethical behaviour 
  • Aged care 
  • Infection control 
  • First aid 
  • Wound management 
  • Medicine administration and intravenous therapy 
  • Caring for acute and chronic health conditions 
  • Diabetes treatment and care 
  • End of life and palliative nursing practices 
  • Stress management 
  • Researching best practice 
  • Planning 

 

This course is delivered in stages 1 to 3 over three semesters and a period of 18 months. Each semester may be 19 to 22 weeks long and consists of approx. 30 hours of study and training per week. You will study via consolidated teaching, face-to-face simulation weeks, clinical work placements, prescribed online activities and self-directed study. 

Consolidated teaching: You will complete two 5-hour consolidated teaching sessions (tutorials) over 10 weeks throughout each of the three semesters. This will take place in an interactive classroom setting. Students may attend the tutorials online or face to face.

Simulation weeks: You will complete two face to face simulation weeks at Pundulmurra campus each semester, where you will integrate the theory component of your learning with the application of clinical skills. 

Clinical work placement: You will undertake a minimum of unpaid 400 clinical work placement hours with NRTAFE clinical placement agencies located all over WA. Placements are full time and are scheduled for 1 to 3 weeks at a time. You are required to carry out shift work which is a combination of morning, afternoon and night shifts, including weekends and public holidays.

Prescribed online activities: You will complete weekly online activities, assessments and modules. 

Self-directed study: You will complete a minimum of 20 hours of unsupervised study per week.

 

Our Pundulmurra campus in South Hedland is home to the state-of-the-art Health and Community Services Training Centre. This facility encompasses a simulation wing incorporating an eight-bed hospital ward, nurse’s station, patient examination and treatment rooms, pan room, fit testing room, training classrooms and a viewing area for lecturer observation.

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Please note that as a student, you will also have additional costs associated with your study when enrolling in the Diploma of Nursing:

  • You will need to purchase textbooks, uniform (Scrub Top and Pants) and closed in slip resistant shoes. Details of these will be provided during orientation week
  • You will be required to complete a health check
  • You will be required to provide evidence of vaccinations – 3 course of COVID-19 (unless medically contraindicated), Hepatitis B, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Varicella and Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (DTaP)
  • Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) Screening Test, Mantoux test or QuantiFERON-TB Gold serology (if required)
  • Working with Children Check (WWC)
  • National Police Certificate - through WA Police website only
  • WA Health Department Criminal History Record Check (no cost if applied for post Police Certificate)
  • NDIS Worker Screening Check via NRTAFE (only for successful applicants). The NDIS check needs to be submitted before the orientation week.    

   

You will also be required to:

  • Travel to NRTAFE Pundulmurra Campus to attend simulation training and nursing calculation exams
  • Travel to NRAFE clinical placement agencies to complete 400 hours of clinical placement.
  • Attend clinical placement across a seven (7) day week, which may include weekends and public holidays.
  • Carry out shift work including a combination of morning, afternoon and night shifts.

To protect the public from harm, registered health practitioners and education providers must report concerns about registered students. This is a legal requirement. Practitioners and education providers only need to notify Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) when they have a 'reasonable belief' that a student has an impairment that, when undertaking clinical training, may place the public at substantial risk of harm.

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) Enrolled Nurse Accreditation Standards 2017 also require Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) delivering HLT54121 Diploma of Nursing to notify AHPRA of any student undertaking clinical training who has been identified as having an impairment that may place the public at substantial risk of harm.
AHPRA will be advised of the names of all students undertaking the Diploma of Nursing.

Upon completion of the course and a minimum of 400 hours of work placement, graduates will need to seek registration with AHPRA to work as an enrolled nurse, or to enrol in further study to become a registered nurse. The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) has developed core registration standards that define the requirements that applicants, registrants or students.
NMBA states that with the exception of registered students and non-practising registrants, these standards apply to applicants for registration and currently registered nurses and midwives. 

  • Criminal history registration standard
  • English languages skills registration standard
  • Registration standard: continuing professional development
  • Registration standard: recency of practice
  • Registration standard: professional indemnity insurance arrangements
This course remains FEE FREE in 2024! The course fees are 100 per cent subsidised by the WA State Government for WA residents.

Some eligibility conditions apply for the free training, and other fees may apply for some courses. Please see the FAQs on our Skills Ready page for further information.

Student residing in the North West are eligible to receive a stipend from the state government to assist with the cost of clinical placement. Further information will be provided during the Stage 1 orientation week.

 

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Details

Duration 3 Semesters, 18 months
When Date 2024
Where Pundulmurra Campus

Details

Duration 3 Semesters, 18 months
When Date 2024
Where Pundulmurra Campus

Details

Duration 3 Semesters, 18 months
When Date 2024
Where Pundulmurra Campus

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