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Neonatal Nursing in Victoria

  • Neonatal care in Victoria comprises neonatal intensive care units, high and low level special care nurseries and the Newborn Emergency Transport Service (NETS).

  • Prospective students must be Registerd Nurses.

  • Direct entry midwives cannot work in a NICU in Victoria.

  • Graduate Nurse Programs: SCN clinical placements may be offered in graduate nurse programmes in some hospitals.

  • Midwifery Training: All double degree nursing and midwifery, direct entry and postgraduate midwifery students have mandatory SCN clinical placement during their training.

  • Direct Employment: Registered Nurses can be employed directly into a SCN and receive in-house transition to practice training and education. In the four NICU’s and some high level SCN’s there is also in-house training and education to care for more complex neonates requiring CPAP respiratory support.

  • Postgraduate Courses: Nurses and midwives can enrol in postgraduate courses with mandatory clinical placement in either a SCN or NICU. Completing a Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Neonatal Intensive Care) is desired to work in a NICU in Victoria.

University Courses

La Trobe University offers a variety of postgraduate courses in neonatal nursing.

  • Master of Nursing (Neonatal Intensive Care)

  • Postgraduate Diploma of Nursing (Neonatal Intensive Care)

  • Graduate Certificate of Nursing (Neonatal Intensive Care)

  • Graduate Certificate of Nursing (Neonatal Special Care)

  • Short Course (Single Subject) Special Care of the Neonate

The Master of Nursing (Neonatal Intensive Care) has exit options at both Graduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma level. The course is designed to provide a range of opportunities for students to develop a deeper understanding of neonatal intensive care nursing through systematic analysis and reflection on the relationships between theory and practice.

The Graduate Certificate of Nursing (Neonatal Special Care) is an alternative exit pathway from the Masters of Nursing (Neonatal Intensive Care) for registered nurses and midwives to gain postgraduate qualifications in neonatal special care. The course is designed to provide a range of opportunities for students to develop a deeper understanding of neonatal special care nursing. To complete the clinical components of the course, students are normally employed within an approved high level 2 SCN.

The Short Course (single subject) Special Care of the Neonate is one subject of the Graduate Certificate. The subject introduces students to the common neonatal conditions that are encountered in the Special Care Nursery and extends their knowledge of skills, nursing therapies and current neonatal practices. Both registered nurses and midwives can complete the subject which gives one subject credit towards the graduate certificate. Students are normally employed within an approved high level SCN. The subject articulates into the graduate certificate programs and equates to one subject credit.
For further information see the La Trobe University website.

To complete the clinical components of the Certificate program, students are normally employed in a NICU at any of the four tertiary hospitals.

Deakin University

The Professional Development Unit (PDU) at Deakin University offers high quality educational learning packages. Participants are encouraged to reflect on their experiences, incorporating theoretical concepts while developing skills and strategies for application in practice.

These learning packages provide nurses with the opportunity to update their professional skills, support their current practice, take another career direction or seek an alternative entry pathway into Higher Education.

There are two (2) learning packages available in the suite of Neonates with Special Needs: PDU325 - Risk factors influencing neonatal health and PDU326 Assessment and care of neonates.

  • The learning packages are available in each of 3 trimesters.

  • Learning packages are available in either full (with assessment) or audit (without assessment) form.

  • Each full learning package is equivalent to 0.5 credit point, and multiples of 1 point may attract Credit for Prior Learning into a Graduate Diploma/Masters degree.

  • Audit learning packages will suit those who wish to gain knowledge but not undertake assessments.

  • Audit learning packages do not attract Credit for Prior Learning.

For information and to contact the Professional Development Unit.

Melbourne University offers a Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice (Neonatal intensive care)

Students that successfully complete the Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice may apply for entry into the  Master of Advanced Practice.

Students may also be interested in:

Master of Advanced Practice (Nurse Practioner)
Master of Advanced Practice (for International Students)

NETS Education

The Newborn Emergency Transport Service Education Unit is based in Melbourne, Victoria and provides leadership in and continuing education and professional development of nurses including midwives and neonatal nurses, medical and allied health professionals.

NETS Education provides:

  • Continuing Education Program in Newborn Nursing Care (CEPNNC).

  • Continuing Education sessions and study days.

  • Education sessions to university students.

  • A consultancy service with regard to equipment purchase, developing nursing policies and formulating nursing care.

  • Educational resources.

  • Videoconferencing.

For further information contact NETS Education