Cancer and Haematology Nursing

 Cancer and Haematology Nursing

Take your career to the next level: specialise in Cancer and Haematology Nursing at Sydney Nursing School. Our Cancer and Haematology Nursing programs are offered at master's, graduate diploma and graduate certificate levels. The latter two are embedded within the master's degree, meaning you can choose to study the program over a duration which suits you best.

Learn how to make evidence-based decisions by using research generated at our very own Cancer Nursing Research Unit – an innovative collaboration between Sydney Nursing School and the Sydney Local Health District. During these courses, you will critically explore future trends in treatment, effective models of patient care and disease prevention.

What impact can I have as a cancer and haematology nurse?

Cancer is the single largest cause of premature death in Australia, and represents nearly one-fifth of the total burden of disease. Our Cancer and Haematology Nursing courses will enable you to contribute to the improved survival and recovery of cancer patients and to move towards a leadership position in this exciting field.

Why study at Sydney Nursing School?

  • Build the professional practice capabilities needed for leadership in cancer and haematology nursing.
  • Further develop your research skills, enabling you to make evidence-based decisions, and opening the door to a PhD at Sydney Nursing School.
  • Enhance your specialty knowledge, clinical expertise and therapeutic skills, immediately applying what you learn in class to your professional practice.
  • Join our global community of influential students, staff and alumni, building your professional network as you study alongside academics and peers from the cancer and haematology community.
  • Choose how to fit study into your life with full-time and part-time options, as well as self-paced online study for some components of the program.

How will I learn?

  • Graduate certificate: Study over one year part-time
  • Graduate diploma: Study over one year full-time or two years part-time
  • Master's program: Study over eighteen months full-time, or two and a half years part-time.

These programs are delivered via:

  • Flexible, self-paced online study, allowing you to fit study around other commitments.
  • Face-to-face on-campus study days for each unit of study.

On-Campus Study Days

Compulsory attendance at face-to-face study days is an integral part of the course. These intensive study days offer students real-time support from lecturers and clinical experts and provide opportunities for sharing experiences with peers and growing professional networks.

There are four study days per unit of study, per semester. The part-time study load is two units of study per semester which means there are eight study days per semester to attend. These are generally offered in a block of four days twice a semester, in March/May and August/September. To give you time to plan your study leave, the Postgraduate Study Day Timetable is posted on the Sydney Nursing School website in November of the preceding year.

What will I study?

Graduate certificate
You will explore clinical judgment and decision-making, the biology of cancer and haematology, associated treatments, and integrated multidisciplinary management. You will also consider the impact of illness on the individual, family and community and your role in the patient journey. Acquiring knowledge about all aspects of the prevention, diagnosis and management of cancer, you will consider future treatment trends such as home-based care, and intensive treatments such as stem cell transplantation. Nursing interventions to reduce the impact of cancer and its treatment are addressed throughout the course, drawing on research and the theoretical underpinnings of cancer and haematology care.

Graduate diploma
The Graduate Diploma offers the opportunity for you to undertake an in-depth exploration of an advanced nursing practice issue relevant to your Cancer and Haematology nursing. As well as the graduate certificate content, you will explore professional issues such as simulated education techniques, quality and safety frameworks, contemporary leadership, research, and the potential for expanding the scope of your practice as you carry out a clinical project in an area of your choice.

Master's program
Building on the Graduate Certificate and Diploma content, this program ends in a six month capstone project, offering two options for study: the first option facilitates an examination of the professional and political context of your dream job and the development of your professional portfolio; the second option is to undertake a supervised research project, in the form of an integrative literature review, allowing an in-depth exploration of an area that you feel passionate about. This second option may also provide a pathway to a PhD at Sydney Nursing School.

Next steps: Course details and planning your study