29 Jan 2018
1 day per week
29 Jan 2018
1 day per week
29 Jan 2018
1 day per week
23 Apr 2018
3 days per week
29 Jan 2018
1 day per week
While there are no formal entry requirements for this qualification, if you wish to study with TAFE Queensland South West at Toowoomba, Warwick, Kingaroy or Roma, there are some steps you will need to follow to demonstrate your ability to manage the demands of this course, prior to enrolment.
Step 1: Apply
Entry into this qualification is via the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) (February and July intakes) or via direct application to TAFE Queensland South West (May and July/August intakes). If you apply directly to TAFE Queensland South West, you will need to submit an application form, or contact us directly to speak with a teacher and apply via telephone.
Step 2: Interview
If you have applied directly to through TAFE Queensland South West, you will be contacted by the Nursing Team and provided with additional course information. In the weeks prior to the course start date, you will then be contacted so that an interview with the Nursing Team can be scheduled. Following the interview, you will be notified if you have been successful in your application.
Step 3: Enrol
If you have been successful, you will be offered a position in the course. Enrolment documentation will be provided to you and you will need to ensure you enrol prior to orientation to secure your position.
Step 4: Orientation
At Orientation, you will be required to supply a National Police Check, and confirmation that you have had a Hepatitis B post vaccination antibody check (blood test). During Orientation, you will also be required to submit an application for a Blue Card for Working with Children, or a Link an applicant/cardholder to this organisation form, if you already hold a Blue Card (the teaching team will assist with this on the day). You will also be required to obtain a First Aid Certificate (including CPR) before commencing clinical placement.
In addition to the things mentioned above, the following is also strongly recommended before commencing this qualification:
Screening for, and if necessary, vaccination against the following diseases (NHMRC Australian Immunisation Handbook 10th edition):
- MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella)
- Tuberculosis (Mantoux test and x-ray)
- Varicella zoster virus (chicken pox)
- Pertussis (whooping cough)
You should undergo a baseline health evaluation with your General Practitioner prior to commencement of the course to discuss and receive any required vaccinations.
Within this program, you are required to undertake written and practical assessments that reflect the Australian Quality Framework Level 5 Diploma. The skills criteria include the ability to analyse information to be able to demonstrate autonomy and judgements in known or changing contexts. This is also reflected within the APHRA Registration Standards, in particular, English Language.
It is strongly recommended that you are familiar with the Registration Standards for Nursing in Australia prior to applying for this program. Further information can be sourced from the link below:
Cnr Bunya Highway and Geritz Road
Kingaroy QLD 4610
Roma QLD 4455
100 Bridge Street
Toowoomba QLD 4350
200 Dragon Street
Warwick QLD 4370
- Textbooks are provided via an online platform, and you will be provided with information during orientation. These books may also be available to borrow through the TAFE Queensland South West Library
- Uniform for your work placement (details regarding the uniform will be provided at the Information Session and again during Orientation);
- navy blue trousers/slacks
- short-sleeved shirt - TAFE Queensland South West logo
- comfortable, plain black, flat, non-slip, enclosed shoes
- flesh coloured stockings
- navy coloured vest or cardigan
- fob watch with a second hand
- Personal stationery
- A valid and appropriate email address
You will also require access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online systems, and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for students to use at a number of TAFE Queensland locations.
You will be expected to attend classes where appropriate. You will also need to allocate study and research time outside of class to complete this course successfully. Study and research time will vary depending on your skills and knowledge. A general rule is a minimum of equal time is spent outside the class on study and research, as in class time.
It is important to note that throughout your studies, you will be required to participate in Vocational Placement, in addition to attending classes at TAFE. To prepare you for Vocational Placement, you will be required to participate in face-to-face simulated skills training scheduled throughout your program.
Students studying at Kingaroy, Roma and Warwick will need to be aware that they will need to travel to Toowoomba for orientation and simulated skills training.
January/February 2018 Intake (Nightingale Group) - Toowoomba, Roma, Warwick and Kingaroy
Part-time: 2 years, 1 day per week
- Tuesdays (via Videolinq from Toowoomba) from 8:30am to 4pm
Entry into the January/February intake is via QTAC (Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre).
April 2018 Intake (Orem Group) - Toowoomba Only
Full-time: 1.5 years, 3 days per week
- Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, from 9am to 3pm
Entry into the April intake is via direct application to TAFE Queensland South West.
You will be required to attend Vocational Placement (440 hours in total), during your studies to demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills in the workplace. Each semester has a clinical placement component that must be successfully completed, for you to be able to progress to your next semester (for example, in Semester 1, you must complete 120 hours of placement before progressing to Semester 2).
Whilst on placement, you will be representing TAFE Queensland South West, the nursing profession, and yourself as a Student Nurse. You will work shifts that are determined by the health care organisation, adhering to commencement and finishing times that reflect industry and professional standards and workplace practices.
You will be placed with a health care facility as allocated by the Health Care Team. If placed away from your home location, TAFE Queensland South West may be able to organise accommodation for you at the staff accommodation in the facility; however this cannot be guaranteed. Where accommodation is not available, it is your responsibility to arrange and pay for alternative accommodation and travel to the placement.
You will be responsible for:
- organising your own transport
- organising leave with your employer (if applicable)
- completing required health care facility orientation prior to commencing clinical placement (for example, Queensland Health)
- organising and paying for accommodation and incidental expenses incurred during your placement
- planning financially for your unpaid vocational placement
- providing the required documentation requested by TAFE Queensland South West (for example, National Police Check, Blue Card for Working with Children, immunisation records, and a current First Aid Certificate)
- completing all assessment requirements for each placement
Placement is structured as follows:
- Stage 1 – 3 weeks in an aged care facility
- Stage 2 – 2 weeks in an aged care facility and 2 weeks in a community health setting
- Stage 3 – 4 weeks in an acute health facility (rural / tertiary)
Following the successful completion of this qualification, you can apply to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) for registration as an Enrolled Nurse. It is strongly recommended that you are familiar with the Registration Standards for Nursing in Australia prior to applying for this program. Further information can be sourced from: http://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/Registration-Standards.aspx
If you are interested in undertaking this qualification in Bundamba (Ipswich region), rather than Toowoomba, Kingaroy, Warwick or Roma, please refer to: Diploma of Nursing - Bundamba.