Swinburne University of Technology is planning to expand its nursing offerings with a new Bachelor of Nursing.
Swinburne’s Bachelor of Nursing is currently undergoing accreditation by the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Accreditation Council and subsequent approval from the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.
Subject to these approvals, the degree will be offered across Swinburne’s Wantirna and Hawthorn campuses.
It will offer a distinctive curriculum that includes flexible online and face-to-face learning, along with simulated clinical laboratory work.
“With research showing the demand for qualified nurses is going to grow in the coming years, the need for more highly educated and clinically prepared nurses is clear,” Swinburne Vice-Chancellor Professor Linda Kristjanson says.
“It is expected there will be a significant deficit in the nursing workforce by 2025, with almost 200,000 positions unfulfilled,” says Professor of Nursing Margaret O’Connor AM, explaining why Swinburne is now offering the new degree.
“There is also an opportunity to build on the reputation that Swinburne already has in the nursing space.
“We want to emphasise the development of leadership qualities in students, give them experiences beyond the acute hospital and to engage them in using technology throughout their course,” Professor O'Connor says.
Providing a longer final placement compared to other universities, the degree is designed to prepare students for the realities of working as a nurse in current clinical settings, as well as giving them the skills to work in a constantly changing environment.
Development is underway at Swinburne’s Hawthorn and Wantirna campuses to provide students with cutting-edge facilities.
Swinburne has offered a Diploma of Nursing for many years and introduced a postgraduate program in forensic mental health nursing in 2014.
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