Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner)

Sydney Nursing School at the University of Sydney is pleased to announce the introduction of a new Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) course which was formally accredited by the Nurses and Midwives Board NSW for a period of five years and approved by the University of Sydney Academic Board.

According to Professor Jill White, Dean Sydney Nursing School, “Sydney Nursing School’s Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) program presents a great opportunity for registered nurses with advanced practice experience to undertake further study to become both autonomous and collaborative health care providers.

“The Nurse Practitioner role is developing rapidly in the Australian health care system. After an exciting year of health reform and with legislation to grant accredited nurse practitioners access to the Medical and Pharmaceutical Benefits Schedules (MBS and PBS) we are going to see tremendous scope for nurse practitioners to contribute further to the community’s access to health care,” Professor White said.

The Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) course is coordinated by Dr Tom Buckley who has been a registered nurse since 1991 and has practised in the UK, USA and Australia in specialties such as nephrology, intensive care and acute cardiology. Dr Buckley is a member of the National Prescribing Service Education Design and Support Expert Advisory Group and an active researcher in nurse practitioner prescribing behaviours and education.

Dr Buckley is very excited about the opportunities this program provides for students to become nurse practitioners.

“As the health care landscape changes in Australia, there is an acute need for a well-qualified workforce to meet the health care needs of our population. Whether nurse practitioners work in rural or remote areas as the only available health care professionals or in health care facilities, there are terrific opportunities to function autonomously and collaboratively with other health professionals.

“The nurse practitioner role is grounded in the nursing profession’s values, knowledge, theories and practice and provides innovative and flexible health care delivery that complements other health care providers,” Dr Buckley said.
This new course gives students the opportunity to draw together their practical and theoretical learning, synthesise this with their prior learning and experience, and draw conclusions that will form the basis for further intellectual and/or professional growth as future nurse practitioners.

To qualify for the Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) course, students must fulfil the following requirements:

  • be a registered nurse
  • have completed a graduate certificate relevant to their area of specialisation
  • have practised in a specialty area for a minimum of two years, of which at least one is at an advanced practice level; and
  • have the support of an approved Primary Clinical Supervisor for the duration of the degree.

The program comprises 72 credit points with 10 units of study, including two 12 credit point practice-based units of study – Developing Nurse Practitioner Capability and Capstone (Professional Practice) which collectively include 300 advanced clinical practice hours.

Sydney Nursing School is now accepting mid-year enrolments for second semester 2010.