The General Practice and Community Nursing specialisation was developed by the College of Nursing and Health Sciences in collaboration with affiliated health services. The specialisation aims to provide a sound theoretical and clinical basis for nursing practice in a primary care setting with a focus on nursing in General Practice settings. It will enable registered nurses to develop knowledge, skills and capabilities to practice collaboratively with general practitioners and other health professionals in promoting the health and wellbeing of individuals, families and the community.
Students will have the opportunity to:
synthesise and apply strategies to support and manage clinical care specific to individual client needs in a range of practice and community nursing settings
demonstrate specialised knowledge and advanced skills within the general practice and community nursing settings
apply evidence informed practice when triaging and assessing clients within a general practice or community nursing setting
demonstrate advanced communication skills with all members of the multidisciplinary health care team
analyse, evaluate and apply evidence to developing nursing practice protocols, guidelines and clinical pathways within general practice and community nursing environments.
The specialisation provides an opportunity for students to learn/extend their knowledge of MBS items including immunisation, wound care and chronic disease management. Clinical placement is designed to complement current knowledge and/or introduce students to new knowledge by providing the flexibility for student to choose a placement venue best placed to achieve their individual educational need and learning outcomes.
Students enrolled in this specialisation are required to undertake professional experience placement (PEP) during their program of study. Certain statutory and other requirements must be met before any student is permitted to attend placement. Details of these requirements.