Postgraduate Interventional Cardiology Nursing Course

This course aims to prepare Registered Nurses to work as specialist nurses in the Interventional Cardiology specialty area. The course provides opportunities for students to expand their knowledge and skills by integrating theory and interventional cardiology 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 Interventional Cardiology Nursing Unit 1 
• SVH Interventional Cardiology Nursing Unit 2 

Postgraduate Interventional Cardiology Nursing Course 2023

Features of the Course 

The features of the SVH Postgraduate Interventional Cardiology Nursing Course are: 

Structured Clinical Rotations: students will gain a minimum of 1520 hours clinical experience.
Students may gain clinical experience in the following areas: Coronary Care Unit; Cardiology, Cardiothoracic and Respiratory wards; Intensive Care Unit; Interventional Cardiology; Emergency Department and the Heart Lung Clinic. 
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 Interventional Cardiology Nursing Unit 1 

The aim of this unit is to prepare students to provide holistic care in the Interventional Cardiology 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 Interventional Cardiology 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 Interventional Cardiology 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 Interventional Cardiology 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 Interventional Cardiology Nursing Unit 1 and SVH Interventional Cardiology Nursing Unit 2, which attract 10 credit points per unit.

Nomenclature of Award 

On successful completion of the one year St Vincent’s Hospital Interventional Cardiology 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 Interventional Cardiology 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 Interventional Cardiology 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. 

Cost 

There are no fees for SVH Interventional Cardiology Nursing Units 1 and 2 when undertaken concurrently within the St Vincent’s Hospital Postgraduate Interventional Cardiology Nursing Course. 

Fees do apply for NRSG636 Foundations of Specialty Practice 1 and NRSG637 Foundations of Specialty Practice 2. 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 

Applications for the SVH Interventional Cardiology Nursing Course are accepted once per year, closing:

Monday 28th November 2022 at midnight for 12-month Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing pathway.

Applicants are required to complete an online application form via https://form.jotform.com/223047611266855

Applications for the online subjects offered by ACU: NRSG636 and NRSG637 close in early-February (Semester 1 commencement) and early-July (Semester 2 commencement) each year. Applications for these units must be made online via the ACU website https://www.acu.edu.au/study-at-acu/how-to-apply/postgraduate-students 

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 specialities 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: 
Lyndell Brodie | Nurse Educator 
T 02 8382 2599 | M 0404 647 720
E Lyndell.Brodie@svha.org.au