Introduction to Nursing in Healthcare

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Course Date: 11 August 2014 to 09 September 2014

Price: free

Course Summary

Did you know that nursing is one of Australia's most in-demand fields? Get an idea for what's involved in this challenging and rewarding career with Introduction to Nursing in Healthcare. The Australian healthcare system ranks 9th in the world for its quality. Nurses play a crucial role in Australian healthcare and in this course you will learn about the Australian industry, rural health, speciality areas in the hospital sector, staffing requirements, and how individual team members contribute to a patient's experience. You will also gain valuable insight into the predicted healthcare demands for the future and how these could impact healthcare.

Course Instructors

Tanya Critchlow

Tanya has 19 years of experience in the healthcare sector. Her early career spanned roles including a Registered Nurse in an emergency department and a Clinical Nurse Specialist/Research Nurse in the trauma service. Later roles included Director of Nursing in Aged Care, and academic roles at The College of Nursing and the University of Technology Sydney.Tanya’s educational achievements include a Master of Nursing and Master of Education and a Graduate Diploma in Clinical Practice (Emergency). Tanya will soon be undertaking a PhD on the impact of e-learning on clinical outcomes in the healthcare sector.

Course Description

What's it about?

Did you know that nursing is one of Australia's most in-demand fields? Get an idea for what's involved in this challenging and rewarding career with Introduction to Nursing in Healthcare.

Did you know that nursing is one of Australia's most in-demand fields? Get an idea for what's involved in this challenging and rewarding career with Introduction to Nursing in Healthcare.

The Australian healthcare system ranks 9th in the world for its quality. Nurses play a crucial role in Australian healthcare and in this course you will learn about the Australian industry, rural health, speciality areas in the hospital sector, staffing requirements, and how individual team members contribute to a patient's experience. You will also gain valuable insight into the predicted healthcare demands for the future and how these could impact healthcare.

What's involved?

Module 1The Australian Healthcare Sector & The Emergency Department
8 videos, 6 quizzes, 1 assessment11 Aug - 17 Aug
Module 2Hospital Speciality Areas
7 videos, 5 quizzes, 1 assessment18 Aug - 24 Aug
Module 3Roles of Staff in the Acute Healthcare Sector
9 videos, 7 quizzes, 1 assessment25 Aug - 31 Aug
Module 4Roles of Medical and Allied Health Personnel and a closer look at Australia's Health
10 videos, 8 quizzes, 1 assessment1 Sep - 7 Sep

What will I learn?

  • An introduction to emergency care, including:
    • The different specialty areas in short-term or emergency care
    • The types of patients in specialty units
  • The role and purpose of the multidisciplinary team, including:
    • The role of each team member in relation to patient care
    • A nurse's role within the interdisciplinary team
  • The structure and composition of the current Australian healthcare sector, including:
    • Healthcare funding and current demands
  • Starting a career in nursing, including:
    • What motivates people to work in healthcare
    • What is required to work in the healthcare sector
    • Steps that can be taken towards changing or starting a career in healthcare

This course requires approximately 2 - 4 hours of study per week, but can vary depending on the student. This includes watching videos, and taking quizzes and assessments. The total video time for this course is approximately 4 hours 20 minutes.

If you pass this course you'll receive a Certificate of Achievement. While this certificate isn't a formal qualification or credit, you can use it to demonstrate your interest in learning about this area to potential employers or educational institutions.

Where to from here?

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Where could this lead me?

If you're wondering what your future could look like in this area, here are some potential careers you could head towards.

  • Healthcare professional
  • Midwife
  • Registered nurse
  • Health services manager
  • Enrolled nurse
  • Personal care worker

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