29 Jan 2018
Full time /
up to 5 days per week
While there are no formal entry requirements for this qualification, if you wish to study with TAFE Queensland South West, Bundamba, there are some steps you will need to follow to demonstrate your ability to manage the demands of this course, prior to enrolment. You will require a range of advanced communication skills to fulfil job roles specified by the health environment.
Step 1: Apply
Entry into this qualification can be either via direct application to TAFE Queensland South West, or via the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC). 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. Please note that if you apply through QTAC, you are still required to attend an Information Session prior to enrolment.
Please note that applications have now closed for 2017 intakes.
Step 2: Book in for and attend an Information Session
Following your application, you will be contacted by the Nursing Team and will need to ensure you book in to one of our compulsory Information Sessions. Upcoming Information Sessions are as follows:
- Tuesday 14 November 2017 at 9am in room C1.06 - this information session is now full
- Wednesday 29 November 2017 at 9am in room C1.06 - this information session is now full
- Tuesday 5 December 2017 at 9am in room C1.06 - this information session is now full
More information sessions will be scheduled in early January 2018 based on interest.
At the information session, you will be provided with an overview of the course and the requirements for successful completion of the course. You will sit the BKSB literacy and numeracy indicator tool in which you will need to attain a level 4 in order to be eligible to access a Student Loan. You will also be required to participate in an interview.
Step 3: Enrol
If you have been successful, you will be formally offered a position in the course by letter. An enrolment form and timetable will also be provided once you accept the formal offer. You must then enrol at least 1 week prior to orientation date 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 an Authority to Confirm a Current 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. During the initial information session, the teaching team will cover these requirements in detail to ensure you are prepared for Enrolment and Orientation.
In addition to the 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 also 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 Mary and Byrne Streets
Bundamba QLD 4304
- Textbooks (a booklist is provided at the Information Session). 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);
- black trousers/slacks/skirt (appropriate length)
- short-sleeved shirt - TAFE Queensland logo
- comfortable, plain black, flat, non-slip, enclosed shoes
- flesh coloured stockings
- black 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.
Full-time: 1.5 years, up to 5 days per week
Part time: 2 years, 2 days per week (plus practical blocks)
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.
A detailed timetable will be provided once your enrolment has been confirmed.
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).
While 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)
- organising child care arrangements (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 (120 hours)
- Stage 2 – 4 weeks in an acute care setting (160 hours)
- Stage 3 – 4 weeks in an acute care (rural/mental/primary) health facility (160 hours)
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 Toowoomba, Kingaroy, Warwick or Roma, please refer to: Diploma of Nursing Toowoomba, Kingaroy, Warwick, and Roma.