Swinburne Bachelor of Nursing accredited to train a new generation

Monday 4 December 2017

Nursing students above a simulated patient.

The degree will give students access to innovative technology alongside industry work placements.

In summary

  • Bachelor of Nursing accredited and will launch in 2018
  • To be offered at Swinburne’s Hawthorn and Wantirna campuses
  • Students will learn with simulated and real-life patients

Students will learn with simulated and real-life patients under Swinburne’s newly accredited Bachelor of Nursing degree.

Set to commence in 2018, the degree will give students access to innovative technology that simulates real-life nursing scenarios, allowing them to interact with virtual patients in a safe and realistic online environment.

“We will be delivering a contemporary curriculum that offers learnings that that are interactive and where lectures are few and far between,” says head of discipline, Associate Professor Georgina Willetts.

Two students oversee a simulated patient.

This month, the degree has been accredited by the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) and Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).

“This is the first nursing degree to be accredited in Victoria for some years and it presents a unique opportunity for Swinburne to be an innovator in this space,” says Associate Professor Willetts.

“The old academic focus on lectures has been replaced by active learning strategies that engage our nursing students in realistic patient cases in small interactive classes.”   

A teacher observes nursing students.

Leveraging from Swinburne’s strengths in technology and innovation, nursing students will be trained for current and future health informatics, the study of the design, development, adoption, and application of IT-based innovations in healthcare services delivery, management, and planning to improve patient care.

The first cohort of students will begin studying in Semester 1 2018 at Swinburne’s Hawthorn and Wantirna campuses.

Work placements in mental health, aged care, acute care, chronic care, community services and paediatrics will be available.            

Swinburne health precinct

Swinburne is currently developing a health precinct at its Hawthorn campus where the Bachelor of Nursing and other health courses will be taught from 2018.

The precinct includes laboratories designed for studying anatomy, biomechanics, exercise physiology, strength and conditioning, motor learning, nutrition and dietetics fitted with the latest equipment and technology.