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Griffith University Nursing School in Australia

Program Overview - Bachelor of Nursing

University and Faculty: Griffith University
Faculty of Health
Program: Bachelor of Nursing
University Location: Gold Coast, Australia
City Population: 550,000
Student Population: 44,000
Campus Location: Logan Campus, Queensland
Program Duration: 3 years
Trimester Intake: Jan/Feb and July
Next Intake: Jan/Feb 2017
Est. Indicative Annual Tuition: $28,000 AUD (2017)

Nurses provide valued services to their communities in the provision of health care and the promotion of health and well-being. This degree provides a broad educational foundation for general nursing practice and pathways to future professional employment. It allows students to develop a diverse range of skills in communication, research, clinical reasoning, client care, and judgment. Students also gain clinical experience in a wide variety of health agencies throughout Victoria, Australia and overseas.

The School of Nursing and Midwifery at Griffith University has a strong commitment to innovation and excellence in teaching and learning.

An innovative new curriculum for nursing has, as its focus, the philosophy known as Solution Focused Nursing. Solution Focused Nursing aims to be strengths focused and assumes the client is competent, resilient and resourceful. It is an approach that sees care as involving 3 phases: joining, building and extending.

  • In the joining phase, the nurse has an opportunity to get to know the person, rather than the illness, and to use collaborative, respectful strategies to assess and learn about the client's problems and resources.
  • In the building phase, the nurse and client are engaged in strategic, deliberate efforts to resolve problems, and build capacity for the client to adapt to health problems, to develop resilience and to live in more health promoting ways. Sometimes, the role for the nurse is educative, supportive, motivating, or about brokering community resources.
  • In the extending phase, the client has opportunities to apply newly learned health knowledge, social skills and personal attributes that are useful in helping him/her adapt to the health problem, and make successful transition from health service to full community engagement.


Unique Features of the Program

The Griffith School of Nursing and Midwifery has strong links to over 60 health agencies in the South East Region of Queensland. This is evidenced by the Schools commitment to clinical teaching and the development of clinically relevant courses. Students gain appropriate clinical experience aimed to enable optimal learning in clinical settings.

Griffith University nursing students will develop their skills through clinical placements across the health sector and will have opportunities to undertake rural, remote and overseas placements.

Clinical placements are an integral component of the Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Midwifery programs that allows students to link theory to practice in a meaningful way.


Why International Students Like to Study this Program

The School of Nursing and Midwifery maintains a commitment to internationalisation of the curriculum by incorporating international nursing perspectives wherever possible, and through delivery of the post-registration program in Singapore through Cornerstone. A cross-cultural approach is also included in the components of all curricula where indigenous and multicultural information and perspectives are integrated with concepts and assessments.


Professional Certification/Accreditation Information

Practicing in Australia

Graduates of the Griffith Nursing School's Bachelor of Nursing can register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia to become registered nurses in Australia and many overseas countries.

Returning to Canada to Practice

All nursing professions are regulated in Canada. This means that you must be registered with one of the provincial or territorial regulatory bodies to be authorized to practise as a nurse in Canada. The regulatory body for nursing in each province and territory handles the assessment of qualifications for internationally educated nurses and the scheduling of nurses to write the Canadian Registered Nurse Examination.

Graduates from Canada who wish to practice as a registered nurse upon their return to Canada should be aware of the certification process for foreign-trained nurses in their province of residence.

For information about the Canadian certification processes for foreign-trained registered nurses, please visit the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials (CICIC) website.


Admissions Criteria/Entry requirements for Canadians

Eligible applicants must have completed a high school diploma.


Total Number of Places in the Program: 700 - 800

Number of Places for International Students: approximately 165

Application Deadline: While there is no set application deadline, candidates are strongly encouraged by the university to submit their applications a minimum of three months prior to the program start date.

OzTREKK Admissions Officer: Heather Brown

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