Postgraduate Cardiothoracic and Heart Lung Transplant Nursing Course

This course aims to prepare Registered Nurses to work as specialist nurses in the Cardiothoracic and Heart Lung Transplant stream. The course provides opportunities for students to expand their knowledge and skills by integrating theory and cardiothoracic and heart lung transplant nursing practice in order to engage in clinical decision making.

St Vincent’s Hospital (SVH) Sydney offers two focused post graduate units of study that articulate with the Australian Catholic University (ACU) postgraduate programs:

  • SVH Cardiothoracic and Heart Lung Transplant Nursing Unit 1
  • SVH Cardiothoracic and Heart Lung Transplant Nursing Unit 2

 

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Features of the Course

The features of the SVH Postgraduate Cardiothoracic and Heart Lung Transplant Nursing Course are:

  • Structured Clinical Rotations: students may gain clinical experience in the following areas: Coronary Care Unit; Cardiology, Cardiothoracic and Respiratory wards; Intensive Care Unit; Interventional Cardiology; and the Heart Lung Clinic. Students will gain a minimum of 1520 hours clinical experience.
  • Educational and Clinical Support: Emphasis is placed on adult learning principles, which encourage individuals to take accountability and responsibility for personal and professional development. The Nurse Educator’s responsibility is in teaching participants effective learning strategies such as independent and/or self-directed learning. This type of learning contributes to personal and professional growth, promotes lifelong learning and enables the individual to pursue excellence in patient care.
  • Assessments: Student progress throughout the SVH Clinical Units is assessed on an individual basis utilising a variety of assessment methods and tools. Assessments include specialty clinical competencies; standardised learning contracts for clinical rotations, presentations and written assessments.
  • Study Days: 10 study days are allocated for clinically focused learning across both units. Content of these Study Days is designed to complement the theoretical content of tertiary programs. Teaching and learning strategies may include lectures and tutorials, clinical visits, literature appraisal, discussions, assessments, workshops, self-directed learning opportunities and presentations.

SVH Cardiothoracic and Heart Lung Transplant Nursing Unit 1

The aim of this unit is to prepare students to provide holistic care in the cardiothoracic and heart lung transplant nursing. Students will examine and apply knowledge and skills for safe, competent, person and family centred care relevant to cardiothoracic, cardiology, interventional cardiology and heart lung transplant nursing. The unit focuses on enabling students to perform a comprehensive health assessment and prioritise, implement and evaluate appropriate nursing care.

This unit is conducted in the first semester and includes five (5) study days (40 hours).

It is preferable that students wishing to enrol in the subject should have completed or be concurrently enrolled in NRSG636 Foundations of Specialty Practice 1, offered online by ACU. 

SVH Cardiothoracic and Heart Lung Transplant Nursing Unit 2

This unit builds on and extends the knowledge and understanding acquired in previous units. The aim is to prepare students to develop further their skills in providing holistic care, including person and family-centred health promotion in cardiothoracic, cardiology, interventional cardiology and heart lung transplant care. The focus of this unit is on enhancing skills to work within the collaborative team on planning care for people and families experiencing complex health problems. The students’ ability to articulate the evidence base for clinical decisions will be facilitated.

This unit is conducted in the second semester and includes five (5) study days (40 hours).

It is preferable that students wishing to enrol in the subject should have completed SVH Cardiothoracic and Heart Lung Transplant Nursing Unit 1 and NRSG636 Foundations of Specialty Practice 1, AND be concurrently enrolled in NRSG637 Foundations of Specialty Practice 2, offered online by ACU.

Course Duration

The SVH Cardiothoracic and Heart Lung Transplant Specialty Nursing Units 1 and 2 and structured clinical rotations commence in February and conclude in December; units are undertaken sequentially throughout the year. All lectures are delivered in a face to face format.

Affiliation with Australian Catholic University (ACU)

 

To complete a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing offered by ACU (requiring 40 credit points), students must undertake a total of four (4) units:

  • Two online theory units though ACU; NRSG636 Foundations of Specialty Practice 1 and NRSG637 Foundations of Specialty Practice 2 (10 credit points per unit); and
  • Two Vincent’s Hospital units; SVH Cardiothoracic and Heart Lung Transplant Nursing Unit 1 and SVH Cardiothoracic and Heart Lung Transplant Nursing Unit 2, which attract 10 credit points per unit.

Nomenclature of Award

On successful completion of the one year St Vincent’s Hospital Postgraduate Cardiothoracic and Heart Lung Transplant Nursing Course (incorporating two units and rotations), a SVH Certificate of Clinical Nursing Practice is awarded by St Vincent’s Hospital.

Student Selection Criteria    

The selection of SVH Postgraduate Cardiothoracic and Heart Lung Transplant Nursing Course students is based on academic and employment suitability, following online application and successful interview at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney.

 

Essential criteria

To be eligible for enrolment in this course, Registered Nurses must:

  • have an undergraduate degree in nursing or equivalent qualification
  • be currently registered as a Registered Nurse (Division 1) with the Australian Health Professionals Regulation Agency
  • have a minimum of 6 months Cardiothoracic, Cardiology and/or Heart Lung Transplant nursing experience (excluding Transition Program Rotations) at the course commencement date
  • hold current Advanced Life Support accreditation (at course commencement date).

All applicants are required to be employed by St Vincent’s Health Australia and have a positive appraisal from their current, preferable, or previous employer. As positions are limited nurses are encouraged to seek permanent employment prior to applying. 

Desirable criteria

  • Full-time employment within the Heart Lung Stream of St Vincent’s Public Hospital. Part-time employees may apply if clinical experience hours can be met; applications will be considered on an individual basis. 
  • Ventricular Assist Device current competence (X10N & Heart Lung Clinic applicants, at course commencement date)
  • Non-Invasive Ventilation current competence (X10S applicants, at course commencement date)

Cost

There are no fees for SVH Cardiothoracic and Heart Lung Transplant Specialty Nursing Units 1 and 2 when undertaken concurrently within the St Vincent’s Hospital Postgraduate Cardiothoracic and Heart Lung Transplant Nursing Course. 

Fees do apply for NRSG636 Foundations of Specialty Practice 1 and NRSG637 Foundations of Specialty Practice 2. The cost is $2263 per unit (from 2018 fee schedule) and is paid at the time of enrolment through ACU. ACU offer a Faculty of Health Sciences Postgraduate Alumni Rebate - a 10% rebate on course fees is offered to previous ACU graduates. Students may also be eligible for FEE-HELP, a student loan initiative from the Australian Government www.studyassist.gov.au

Applications for the online subjects offered by ACU: NRSG636 and NRSG637 open in early-August and close in early-February each year. Applications for these units must be made online via the ACU website www.acu.edu.au.

Applications

Applications for SVH Cardiothoracic and Heart Lung Transplant Specialty Nursing 1 & 2 close Monday 15th October 2018 at Midnight. Applicants are required to complete an online application form via https://form.jotform.co/81627644214860

Scholarships

To financially assist students, St Vincent’s Hospital Division of Nursing offers a defined number of scholarships in an endeavour to support nurses to undertake tertiary based Post-Graduate study that relates to clinical specialties at St Vincent’s Hospital. 

For further information, please contact the Nurse Manager of Education tel: 02 8382 2322 

Scholarships are also available through various other organisations, such as the NSW Department of Health and the NSW Nurses and Midwives Association. 
  

For further enquires please contact:

Nurse Educator, Lyndell Brodie

Tel: 02 8382 2029

Email: Lyndell.Brodie@svha.org.au