Master of Nursing (Clinical Leadership)
Programme Structure (80-Credit-Point Pathway)
The programme consists of 7 units, totalling 80 credit points.
Each unit is normally in the form of 18-hour face-to-face lectures and tutorials, supplemented by a comprehensive set of self-learning materials and resources. The programme structure is summarized below:
The study sequence is subject to change without prior notice.
Leadership in Clinical Practice (400235)
In this unit, nursing leadership arising from expert clinical practice is explored as a general notion rather than as one arising from within any particular clinical speciality. Content includes theories, concepts and styles of leadership, the development of leadership potential, motivation, coaching, and mentorship, concepts of power, authority and empowerment and discussion of contemporary leadership issues. Assignments provide students with the opportunity to apply new knowledge about leadership to their practice, whether they be in management, education or clinical roles.
Leadership for Quality, Effectiveness and Safety in Health Care (400777)
In this unit, students learn about the quality and governance frameworks and strategies that they can employ within health care to improve system performance, patient safety and patient outcomes. The main approaches used to address quality of care and patient safety are examined and their applications critiqued. Students will explore leadership issues for developing systematic, coherent quality improvement frameworks and quality initiatives that can be applied within their own sphere of practice.
Cultural & Social Diversity in Health Care (401082)
This unit encourages students to investigate and discuss the concepts of health and illness in the context of cultural and social diversity. The unit promotes the attainment of critical knowledge and core principles necessary for students to become holistic, culturally and socially sensitive and appropriately adaptable when meeting the health needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, other marginalised and vulnerable groups including refugees and those from LGBTI community, and people from other diverse cultural and social backgrounds. A case study approach provides a framework for students to explore the impact of different attitude and value systems relating to the health of peoples in Australia.
Evidence-based Health Care (401168)
This unit is designed to develop students' knowledge of the principles and processes necessary for evidence-based clinical practice. General concepts associated with evidence-based health care are explored. In addition students are assisted to formulate focussed clinical questions and conduct a comprehensive literature search for research evidence that may assist in answering such questions. Issues and techniques involved in the rigorous appraisal of research reports are addressed. The importance of clinical significance and individual patient preferences when making clinical judgments about the implementation of research findings are also explored.
Building Organisational Capacity in Health Care (400846)
The concept, form and structure of health care organisations are explored. Organisational theory is used to analyse contemporary health care structures. Factors which influence organisational design, function and effectiveness are discussed including: organisational behaviour, strategy, culture, power and politics, technology, sustainability and effectiveness. A major focus is planning for strategic organisational development to meet the challenges of rapid change and the need for performance improvements in patient care delivery. Concepts related to the strategic development of workforce capacity in the health care arena considered through the application of theories including the learning organisation. Leadership is examined with emphasis on change management.
Policy, Power and Politics in Health Care Provision (400238)
This unit enables students to gain an understanding of the political and social constructions that underpin health care services and of the relationship between politics and power in the construction of health policy. It also provides students with the opportunity to explore health care policies and critically analyse issues related to the development, implementation and outcomes of health policies. The unit presents ethical and legal dilemmas and constraints involved in formulating and enacting policies.
Capstone Experience in Health Care (401083)
This unit offers a range of options for students to integrate, extend and reflect on the professional knowledge and skills gained through their masters level studies. It will provide a framework within which students can explore professionally relevant situations. Students will have the opportunity to nominate, plan and execute a capstone experience relevant to their professional interests. In doing so, students will develop a professional portfolio or e-portfolio that will incorporate the work undertaken during the degree studies and extend to include a critical reflection of their graduate capacity and professional development.