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Nursing salary in Australia: does postgraduate study pay off?

Explore the benefits of postgraduate study and the relationship between postgraduate education and a nursing salary in Australia.



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Nursing can have a strong reputation for being a rewarding vocation. But how much does a nurse earn in Australia?

The typical nursing salary depends on the position and location of the role, along with the nurse’s education and experience. This article explores the value that postgraduate study can add to a nurse’s earning potential as well as why healthcare professionals prefer courses with flexible study options to advance their career.

The average nursing salary in Australia

A nurse earns between $90,000-$110,000 a year. Like any profession, a nurse’s level of education, specific expertise and years of experience will influence the roles and incomes that come their way. The state a nurse works in, as well as the type of work setting, and whether a nurse has a specialisation, impact the nursing salary they receive.

Registered nurses in Australia are paid on a sliding scale according to their years of experience, moving up the pay scale and earning higher wages as they gain more experience. Nurses who gain additional education can then apply for advanced nursing roles and earn higher pay rates. However it's worth noting that pay scales and requirements vary depending on the employer and the state a nurse works in.

Critical care nurse Kate Hoskin specialises in clinical education. Through ongoing education and on-the-job experience, her career progressed from being a registered nurse to leadership and education roles. Ultimately, her studies resulted in increased earning potential and broadened her job opportunities.

“When you start adding the qualifications, your pay goes up,” she says. “In critical care in the state of Victoria, for example, once you’ve got your emergency nursing or ICU nursing certificate, they add another $1.50 or so to your hourly wage.

“And once an experienced and postgraduate-qualified nurse steps into a leadership role, like a clinical nurse specialist, they earn more money again.”

So, what’s the salary potential for a postgraduate nurse? Let’s explore. 

The difference postgraduate education makes

How much do nurses earn in Australia with a postgraduate qualification?

While a registered nurse can earn between $85,000-$95,000 a year, specialised professionals like nurse practitioners and nurse educators can make an average of $138,000 a year.

With increased demand for healthcare services nationally, the need for advanced nursing skills will continue to grow. Successfully completing postgraduate studies provides nurses the opportunity to advance, and increase their earning potential.

Nursing salary and specialisations

A career as a nurse creates many professional opportunities. Depending on your goals, nurses can work in various specialisations and settings. Here are several specialities within the nursing profession and their earning potentials.

Nurse educator. A nurse educator’s role is to educate and train other nurses. They work in clinical and non-clinical settings, including universities, hospitals and healthcare services.

Nurse practitioner. A specialist who usually works independently providing advanced clinical care, nurse practitioners must complete a master’s degree to be endorsed.

Mental health nurse. These nurses focus on mental health and wellbeing and work with patients in hospitals, inpatient care facilities, community health services and more.

Nurse unit manager. As the supervisor and manager of a specific nurse unit in a health service or hospital, a nurse unit manager is a high-level role.

Compared to James Cook University’s Master of Nursing Majoring in Education, which is designed for nurses seeking to specialise in education, teaching and curriculum development within the nursing field. Whereas Master of Nursing Advanced Practice by JCU focuses on equipping students with the knowledge and skills to provide expert care to patients in a range of clinical settings. These degrees will open the door to evolving your career in a speciality focus area.

Specialisation Average annual salary
Nurse educator $100,761
Nurse practitioner $138,000
Mental health nurse $98,000
Nurse unit manager $130,000

GlobalHealth Education has a range of postgraduate nursing degrees from some of Australia’s leading universities. But which one should you study?

As a registered nurse, GlobalHealth Education provides tailored online nursing courses to upskill and advance your career through its university partners. Southern Cross University's Master of Mental Health Nursing, which covers topics such as psychiatric assessment, diagnosis and treatment, and mental health promotion, is ideal for nurses looking to specialise in mental health care.

Compared to James Cook University’s Master of Nursing Majoring in Education, which is designed for nurses seeking to specialise in education, teaching and curriculum development within the nursing field. Whereas Master of Nursing Advanced Practice by JCU focuses on equipping students with the knowledge and skills to provide expert care to patients in a range of clinical settings. These degrees will open the door to evolving your career in a speciality focus area.

Enhance your career and earning potential

Continued learning is valuable for nurses and healthcare professionals, as higher qualifications can result in better pay, more opportunities and greater employability. Here are some benefits that may help nurture your professional growth should you decide to further your nursing education and earn a postgraduate qualification.

  • Professional development. Nurses should continue to improve their skill sets and knowledge beyond mandatory professional development. “It’s important to continue to develop and learn professionally so you can be the best nurse you can be,” says Kate. “This benefits you and your patients, allowing you to contribute in bigger and better ways.”
  • Bigger and better opportunities. Ongoing education opens up various professional opportunities, including numerous pathways to progress your career. So when it comes to postgraduate education, you’ll be qualified to pursue more of these prospects.
  • Employability. Specific skills and knowledge, like those earned through postgraduate study, can make you more employable. “I can go anywhere in the country, knock on any door and be offered a job because of my qualifications and experience,” says Kate. “You’re employable and a valuable asset to whichever organisation you choose to work for.”
  • Increased salary. Postgraduate education can boost your nursing salary, depending on the role, setting and location. As mentioned above, professionals like specialist nurses can earn up to $138,000 annually.

Studying online: the benefits for nurses

Online learning offers advantages for students in all fields, but these advantages are particularly beneficial for nurses. Here are several ways that studying online can benefit a registered nurse.

  • Flexible schedule. Online education allows students to study wherever and however it suits them. With traditionally demanding jobs and varying work rosters, nurses undertaking postgraduate studies can benefit from being able to cater their studies to their working lives.
  • Learn anywhere. Accessing quality education is challenging in many parts of the country, especially for remote and rural nurses. Online learning gives students access to some of the world’s leading institutions at the click of a mouse, including healthcare courses offered by quality Australian providers.
  • Up-to-date education. Online learning teaches skills that can be applied in today’s nursing careers in real-time. These skills include soft skills such as adaptability, nursing communication and team management, along with hard skills such as technical knowledge and know-how, like checking and monitoring vital signs. With up-to-date teachings, nurses can ensure they stay in demand within their profession.

The next step in your nursing career

Looking to take your career to the next level and enjoy the benefits of online study? GlobalHealth Education partners with universities offering nursing courses that can help you level up to new opportunities. Select a course below and enquire to connect with a Student Enrolment Advisor. 

The courses below are listed by qualification level, from lowest to highest.

Graduate Certificate of Nursing Majoring in Advanced Practice
Graduate Certificate of Nursing Majoring in Advanced Practice
100% online and part-time Fast-track your career with flexible study you can balance around your life. Study one subject at a time and complete your degree in as little as eight months part-time. One of Australia's top 10 nursing schools You’ll study and connect with industry leaders, specialists and experienced nurse academics. JCU’s online Graduate Certificate of Nursing will help prepare you for the healthcare system of tomorrow. Australia's healthcare landscape is changing. Governments, industry and healthcare providers are working smarter to meet rising costs coupled with the increasing demand on our health system. You’ll develop advanced knowledge and specialist skills in your chosen nursing field. You’ll be able to take on nursing leadership roles in your area of practice, receive increased professional recognition and boost your potential to seize new opportunities in your nursing career. The Advanced Practice major gives you the skills you need to deliver advanced patient care, with two specialised units in the Graduate Certificate.
Graduate Certificate 8 months 4 Units
Units
  • Quality Use of Medicines in Practice
  • Effective Clinical Governance
  • Advanced Health Assessment
  • Persuasive Communication
Graduate Certificate of Nursing Majoring in Education
Graduate Certificate of Nursing Majoring in Education
100% online and part-time Fast-track your career with flexible study you can balance around your life. Study one subject at a time and complete your degree in as little as eight months part-time. One of Australia's top 10 nursing schools You’ll study and connect with industry leaders, specialists and experienced nurse academics. JCU’s online Graduate Certificate of Nursing will help prepare you for the healthcare system of tomorrow. Australia's healthcare landscape is changing. Governments, industry and healthcare providers are working smarter to meet rising costs coupled with the increasing demand on our health system. You’ll develop advanced knowledge and specialist skills in your chosen nursing field. You’ll be able to take on nursing leadership roles in your area of practice, receive increased professional recognition and boost your potential to seize new opportunities in your nursing career. The Education major, with its two specialised units in healthcare education, gives you the ability to take on educational practice roles in clinical or non-clinical environments.
Graduate Certificate 8 months 4 Units
Units
  • Principles of Education for the Health Professional
  • Teaching in Practice Settings
  • Clinical Coaching
  • Persuasive Communication
Graduate Certificate of Nursing Majoring in Leadership & Management
Graduate Certificate of Nursing Majoring in Leadership & Management
100% online and part-time Fast-track your career with flexible study you can balance around your life. Study one subject at a time and complete your degree in as little as eight months part-time. One of Australia's top 10 nursing schools You’ll study and connect with industry leaders, specialists and experienced nurse academics. JCU’s online Graduate Certificate of Nursing will help prepare you for the healthcare system of tomorrow. Australia's healthcare landscape is changing. Governments, industry and healthcare providers are working smarter to meet rising costs coupled with the increasing demand on our health system. You’ll develop advanced knowledge and specialist skills in your chosen nursing field. You’ll be able to take on nursing leadership roles in your area of practice, receive increased professional recognition and boost your potential to seize new opportunities in your nursing career. The Leadership and Management major gives you the confidence and knowledge to embrace management or leadership positions in healthcare, with two specialist units of study.
Graduate Certificate 8 months 4 Units
Units
  • Leading and Managing in Health
  • Ethics and Health Management
  • Effective Clinical Governance
  • Persuasive Communication
Graduate Certificate in Critical Care
Graduate Certificate in Critical Care
#1 in Australia for academic reputation in Nursing (QS World University Rankings, 2022) Top ranked for Excellence in Research in Australia for Nursing & Midwifery UTS Online’s Graduate Certificate in Critical Care is for aspiring nursing leaders who are looking to learn and apply specialist knowledge in every aspect of their patient care.  You will develop an understanding of core critical care concepts and be able to confidently evaluate complex patient data to inform clinical decision-making. Engage in a collaborative learning environment where you will develop the skills to manage and care for people with life-threatening conditions, injuries and complications using therapeutic interventions. This course is delivered part-time and 100% online in a collaborative learning environment where students engage in interactive activities that address real-world challenges relevant to their practice. 
Graduate Certificate 8 months 4 Units
Units
  • Complex Critical Care​
  • Professional Practice in Critical Care​
  • Applied Pathophysiology in Practice​
  • Specialty Clinical Practice
Graduate Certificate in Nursing
Graduate Certificate in Nursing
Award-winning study model VU's award-winning postgraduate Block Model recognises the complexity of students' lives while giving a consistent, manageable and connected online learning experience. Earn your Graduate Certificate in Nursing faster than on-campus with our unique study model. No exams or textbooks to purchase The online units have been designed with a student-centred approach that spans from the overarching learning outcomes to engaging activities and self-determined assessments. Support seven days and in the evenings Get the support you need, when you need it, during your course. VU's support network has a single focus on ensuring you are entirely supported to succeed. VU Online’s Graduate Certificate in Nursing is designed for registered nurses to transform the delivery of healthcare services in Australia. You can successfully earn your Graduate Certificate in Nursing by enrolling in 4 consecutive study periods of seven weeks each. This means you can enrol and complete your course in as little as eight months.   Each course is delivered 100% online, giving students the flexibility to fit study around their busy personal and professional lives. VU Online, takes a personalised 1:1 approach to online learning, which makes learning highly interactive and supported. With 25 years of experience delivering postgraduate courses in Australia, VU has equipped thousands of students from all walks of life with the knowledge and skills to successfully achieve their unique career goals including promotion, salary increase and leadership and innovation in nursing.
Graduate Certificate 8 months 4 Units
Units
  • Promoting Cultural Competence and Community Health
  • Care Coordination in Practice
  • Leading Improvement and Innovation
  • Evidence and Research for Practice
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Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education
Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education
#1 in Australia for academic reputation in Nursing (QS World University Rankings, 2022) Top ranked for Excellence in Research in Australia for Nursing & Midwifery (QS Stars Rating, 2018-2021) Australia's #1 performing university under 50 (QS Top 50 Under 50, 2020) UTS Online's Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education is for nurses that want to build their expertise in interdisciplinary education, collaboration and leadership to influence workplace outcomes in healthcare settings. Students will develop the skills to lead and manage change while implementing effective approaches for building evidence-based teaching and learning capacity in their workplace. This course is delivered 100% online in a collaborative learning environment where students engage in interactive activities that address real-world challenges relevant to their practice. Upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education, you will have the opportunity to progress to one of the following courses: Master of Advanced Nursing (available to registered nurses only) Master of Education (Learning and Leadership)
Graduate Certificate 8 months 4 Units
Units
  • Creating a Culture of Teaching and Learning in Healthcare
  • Designing Innovative Learning
  • Specialty Clinical Practice
  • Plus Electives
Graduate Diploma of Nursing Majoring in Advanced Practice
Graduate Diploma of Nursing Majoring in Advanced Practice
100% online and part-time Fast-track your career with flexible study you can balance around your life. Study one subject at a time and complete your degree in as little as eight months part-time. One of Australia's top 10 nursing schools You’ll study and connect with industry leaders, specialists and experienced nurse academics. Australia’s health system is changing to meet more demand than ever before. James Cook University’s Online Graduate Diploma of Nursing will equip you with the critical thinking skills and theoretical knowledge to apply advanced nursing concepts in the clinical setting. This online course will prepare you to lead nursing practice and optimise patient outcomes in a hospital setting. The Advanced Practice major gives you the skills you need to deliver advanced patient care through eight specialised units.
Graduate Diploma 16 months 8 Units
Units
  • Synthesising Evidence for Healthcare
  • Effective Clinical Governance
  • Persuasive Communication
  • Informatics for Health Professionals
  • Advanced Health Assessment
  • Quality Use of Medicines in Practice
  • Applied Health Assessment and Advanced Practice
  • Diagnostic Reasoning for Advanced Practice
Graduate Diploma of Nursing Majoring in Leadership & Management
Graduate Diploma of Nursing Majoring in Leadership & Management
100% online and part-time Fast-track your career with flexible study you can balance around your life. Study one subject at a time and complete your degree in as little as eight months part-time. One of Australia's top 10 nursing schools You’ll study and connect with industry leaders, specialists and experienced nurse academics. Australia’s health system is changing to meet more demand than ever before. James Cook University’s Online Graduate Diploma of Nursing will equip you with the critical thinking skills and theoretical knowledge to apply advanced nursing concepts in the clinical setting. This online course will prepare you to lead nursing practice and optimise patient outcomes in a hospital setting. The Leadership and Management major gives you the confidence and knowledge to embrace management or leadership positions in healthcare, with eight specialist units of study.
Graduate Diploma 16 months 8 Units
Units
  • Leading and Managing in Health
  • Ethics and Health Management
  • Effective Clinical Governance
  • Persuasive Communication
  • Informatics for Health Professionals
  • Business and Finance for the Health Manager
  • Conflict and Dispute Resolution in Healthcare
  • Synthesising Evidence for Healthcare
Graduate Diploma of Nursing Majoring in Education
Graduate Diploma of Nursing Majoring in Education
100% online and part-time Fast-track your career with flexible study you can balance around your life. Study one subject at a time and complete your degree in as little as eight months part-time. One of Australia's top 10 nursing schools You’ll study and connect with industry leaders, specialists and experienced nurse academics. Australia’s health system is changing to meet more demand than ever before. James Cook University’s Online Graduate Diploma of Nursing will equip you with the critical thinking skills and theoretical knowledge to apply advanced nursing concepts in the clinical setting. This online course will prepare you to lead nursing practice and optimise patient outcomes in a hospital setting. The Education major, with its eight specialised units in healthcare education, gives you the ability to take on educational practice roles in clinical or non-clinical environments.
Graduate Diploma 16 months 8 Units
Units
  • Principles of Education for the Health Professional
  • Teaching in Practice Settings
  • Clinical Coaching
  • Persuasive Communication
  • Informatics for Health Professionals
  • Contemporary Healthcare Education
  • Effective Clinical Governance
  • Synthesising Evidence for Healthcare
Master of Nursing Majoring in Advanced Practice
Master of Nursing Majoring in Advanced Practice
With a rapidly ageing population, changes in technology, changes in management demands, and the evolution of nursing knowledge and practice, there are growing opportunities for qualified senior nurses and nurse leaders in Australia. JCU Online’s Master of Nursing gives you the qualifications and skills you need to evolve your career as fast as healthcare itself is changing. It will allow you to take on more complex roles and deliver better patient care. The Advanced Practice major, with its four specialised units, gives you the skills you need to deliver advanced patient care. Transform your practice and improve your clinical skillset. Develop key skills to help you succeed in clinical contexts. Understand the latest in healthcare informatics. Designed by passionate nursing professionals. Fast-track your career with 100% online study. Be supported by a dedicated Student Success Advisor.
Master's 24 months 12 Units
Units
  • Informatics for Health Professionals
  • Effective Clinical Governance
  • Persuasive Communication
  • Synthesising Evidence for Healthcare
  • Quantitative Research in Healthcare
  • Qualitative Research in Healthcare
  • Implementing Practice Development in Healthcare Contexts
  • Professional Portfolios for Career Advancement
  • Advanced Health Assessment
  • Quality Use of Medicines in Practice
  • Applied Health Assessment and Advanced Practice
  • Diagnostic Reasoning for Advanced Practice
Master of Nursing Majoring in Education
Master of Nursing Majoring in Education
With a rapidly ageing population, changes in technology, changes in management demands, and the evolution of nursing knowledge and practice, there are growing opportunities for qualified senior nurses and nurse leaders in Australia. JCU Online’s Master of Nursing gives you the qualifications and skills you need to evolve your career as fast as healthcare itself is changing. It will allow you to take on more complex roles and deliver better patient care. The Education major, with its four specialised units in healthcare education, gives you the ability to take on educational practice roles in clinical or non-clinical environments. Transform your practice and improve your clinical skillset Develop key skills to help you succeed in clinical contexts Understand the latest in healthcare informatics Designed by passionate nursing professionals Fast-track your career with 100% online study Be supported by a dedicated Student Success Advisor
Master's 24 months 12 Units
Units
  • Informatics for Health Professionals
  • Effective Clinical Governance
  • Persuasive Communication
  • Synthesising Evidence for Healthcare
  • Quantitative Research in Healthcare
  • Qualitative Research in Healthcare
  • Implementing Practice Development in Healthcare Contexts
  • Professional Portfolios for Career Advancement
  • Principles of Education for the Health Professional
  • Teaching in Practice Settings
  • Clinical Coaching
  • Contemporary Healthcare Education
Master of Nursing Majoring in Leadership & Management
Master of Nursing Majoring in Leadership & Management
With a rapidly ageing population, changes in technology, changes in management demands, and the evolution of nursing knowledge and practice, there are growing opportunities for qualified senior nurses and nurse leaders in Australia. JCU Online’s Master of Nursing gives you the qualifications and skills you need to evolve your career as fast as healthcare itself is changing. It will allow you to take on more complex roles and deliver better patient care. The Leadership and Management major gives you the confidence and knowledge to embrace management or leadership positions in healthcare, with four specialist units of study. Transform your practice and improve your clinical skillset Develop key skills to help you succeed in clinical contexts Understand the latest in healthcare informatics Designed by passionate nursing professionals Fast-track your career with 100% online study Be supported by a dedicated Student Success Advisor
Master's 24 months 12 Units
Units
  • Informatics for Health Professionals
  • Effective Clinical Governance
  • Persuasive Communication
  • Synthesising Evidence for Healthcare
  • Quantitative Research in Healthcare
  • Qualitative Research in Healthcare
  • Implementing Practice Development in Healthcare Contexts
  • Professional Portfolios for Career Advancement
  • Leading and Managing in Health
  • Ethics and Health Management
  • Business and Finance for the Health Manager
  • Conflict and Dispute Resolution in Healthcare
Master of Advanced Nursing
Master of Advanced Nursing
#1 in Australia for academic reputation in Nursing (QS World University Rankings, 2022) Top ranked for Excellence in Research in Australia for Nursing & Midwifery UTS Online’s Master of Advanced Nursing is designed for nurses who want to drive better outcomes for person-centred care in a range of health care settings. It offers four specialist pathways - Acute Care, Chronic and Complex Care, Quality and Safety, and Leadership and Management - and offers a range of electives to choose from if you elect to take a generalist pathway. This course is delivered part-time, 100% online and influenced by strong healthcare industry partners, making it one of the most contemporary and comprehensive courses of its kind.
Master's 24 months 12 Units
Units
  • Specialty Clinical Practice
  • Applied Pathophysiology in Practice
  • Evidence for Informing Practice
  • Improving Safety and Quality in Healthcare
  • Plus Electives
Master of Nursing (Chronic Disease and Ageing)
Master of Nursing (Chronic Disease and Ageing)
Award-winning study model VU's award-winning postgraduate Block Model recognises the complexity of students' lives while giving a consistent, manageable and connected online learning experience. Earn your Master of Nursing (Chronic Disease and Ageing) faster than on-campus with our unique study model. No exams or textbooks to purchase The online units have been designed with a student-centred approach that spans from the overarching learning outcomes to engaging activities and self-determined assessments. Support seven days and in the evenings Get the support you need, when you need it, during your course. VU's support network has a single focus on ensuring you are entirely supported to succeed. VU Online’s Master of Nursing, with a specialisation in Chronic Disease and Ageing, is designed for registered nurses to transform the delivery of healthcare services in Australia. Across eight core units of study – from Promoting Cultural Competence and Community Health to Nursing Informatics – and four specialised units in Chronic Disease and Ageing, students will acquire skills that are in demand for senior nurse leaders. The Chronic Disease and Ageing specialisation provides registered nurses with a fundamental knowledge base to devise innovative care interventions and models of care for residents, patients, families and carers. Graduates with a Master of Nursing (Chronic Disease and Ageing) will acquire person-centred strategies to plan, assess, implement, evaluate, support and care for older individuals living with complex comorbidities or chronic health conditions. Each course is delivered 100% online, giving students the flexibility to fit study around their busy personal and professional lives. VU Online takes a personalised 1:1 approach to online learning, which makes learning highly interactive and supported. With 25 years of experience delivering postgraduate courses in Australia, VU has equipped thousands of students from all walks of life with the knowledge and skills to successfully achieve their unique career goals including promotion, salary increase and leadership and innovation in nursing.
Master's 24 months 12 Units
Units
  • Promoting Cultural Competence and Community Health
  • Care Coordination in Practice
  • Leading Improvement and Innovation
  • Evidence and Research for Practice
  • Complex Care Coordination
  • Nursing Informatics
  • Professional Development in Practice
  • Mental Health Nursing
  • Innovation in Aged Care Practice
  • Health and Wellbeing for the Older Person
  • Research Project: Chronic Disease and Ageing
  • Plus Electives
Master of Nursing (Leadership)
Master of Nursing (Leadership)
Award-winning study model VU's award-winning postgraduate Block Model recognises the complexity of students' lives while giving a consistent, manageable and connected online learning experience. Earn your Master of Nursing (Leadership) faster than on-campus with our unique study model. No exams or textbooks to purchase The online units have been designed with a student-centred approach that spans from the overarching learning outcomes to engaging activities and self-determined assessments. Support 7 days and in the evenings Get the support you need, when you need it, during your course. VU's support network has a single focus on ensuring you are entirely supported to succeed. VU Online’s Master of Nursing, with a specialisation in Nursing Leadership, is designed for registered nurses to transform the delivery of healthcare services in Australia. Across eight core units of study – from Promoting Cultural Competence and Community Health to Nursing Informatics – and four specialised units in Nursing Leadership, students will acquire skills that are in demand for senior nurse leaders. The Nursing Leadership specialisation provides registered nurses with the knowledge to develop expertise in the provision of nursing leadership and a comprehensive understanding of management, including financial management. Graduates with a Master of Nursing (Leadership) will be prepared to shape the development and provision of healthcare services, specifically clinical leadership and successfully managing teams. Each course is delivered 100% online, giving students the flexibility to fit study around their busy personal and professional lives. VU Online takes a personalised 1:1 approach to online learning, which makes learning highly interactive and supported. With 25 years of experience delivering postgraduate courses in Australia, VU has equipped thousands of students from all walks of life with the knowledge and skills to successfully achieve their unique career goals including promotion, salary increase and leadership and innovation in nursing.
Master's 24 months 12 Units
Units
  • Promoting Cultural Competence and Community Health
  • Care Coordination in Practice
  • Leading Improvement and Innovation
  • Evidence and Research for Practice
  • Complex Care Coordination
  • Nursing Informatics
  • Professional Development in Practice
  • Mental Health Nursing
  • Nursing Management
  • Nursing Leadership and Management
  • Financial Management for Nurses
  • Research Project: Nursing Leadership
Master of Mental Health Nursing
Master of Mental Health Nursing
SCU's Master of Mental Health Nursing is developed against the latest mental health industry standards set by the Australian College of Mental Health Nursing (ACMHN). You can use your qualification upon completion as part of the pathway to becoming a credentialed mental health nurse. At SCU, you will be learning from highly skilled, clinically active mental health academics, and you will gain advanced knowledge to help people with a lived experience of mental illness. SCU's degree equips you with the skills and knowledge to forge a successful career as a mental health nurse, ensuring you are prepared to respond to the challenges and opportunities of the healthcare industry. Course is accredited by the ACMHN Gain immediately implementable skills  Online study seamlessly fits into shift-work Dedicated one-on-one support
Master's 24 months 12 Units
Units
  • Contemporary Mental Health
  • Mental Health Across the Lifespan
  • Mental Health in Community, Non-Government and Primary Health Settings
  • Acute Mental Health
  • Leading Evidence-based Practice in Health
  • Physical Healthcare in Mental Health
  • Supporting Behaviour Change in Mental Health Contexts
  • Building a Professional Portfolio
  • Applied Leadership in Mental Health Clinical Practice
  • Developing Skills in Contemporary Psychotherapies
  • Critical Review in Health
  • Plus Electives

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