Nurses Qualify Faster. A brilliant new pathway course that allows Enrolled Nurses (EN) with a HLTPS Diploma in nursing to enter Southern Cross University’s Bachelor of Nursing degree in their second year of the course is going to assist ENs to become registered nurses faster in 2015.
A two year initiative undertaken with TAFE Queensland and TAFE NSW, Southern Cross University’s unique pathway course will be offered at the Gold Coast campus. It differs to other similar courses insofar as it is specially designed to build on the pre-existing knowledge base of ENs.
“The program is specifically designed to harness critical thinking and analytical skills in both clinical and academic environments,” Associate Professor Lynette Stockhausen, the University’s Bachelor of Nursing coordinator said.
With a mix of face to face and online self-paced study, combined with intensive mode workshops the students can still work whilst studying. It’s this flexibility that enables mature age students to decide on fast-tracking their degree over two years or opting for part-time study.
The workshops are conducted at the Gold Coast campus with the other coursework being available at other campuses; Lismore, Coffs Harbour and Gold Coast.
Professor Stockhausen concluded that the student’s breadth of study would equip them with the level of knowledge enabling them to provide therapeutic care to groups and individuals whilst working both independently and in teams.
“Students will be equipped to apply sound evidence-based reasoning skills to their nursing practice”, she said.