Issue 4
Monday, 03 June 2019
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Associate Professor in Nursing Dr Haakan Strand is reviewing CDU’s Masters-level Nurse Practitioner course
Associate Professor in Nursing Dr Haakan Strand is reviewing CDU’s Masters-level Nurse Practitioner course

CDU helps to meet Nurse Practitioner demand


Re-development of CDU’s Masters-level Nurse Practitioner course is nearing completion.

Changes to the course are in response to demand for Nurse Practitioners who have capabilities, skills and knowledge applicable to any health care setting, as identified by Northern Territory Health.

Course coordinator, Associate Professor in Nursing Dr Haakan Strand said there were no limits to the clinical areas where Nurse Practitioners could operate.

“While the Masters course will still be weighted towards primary healthcare, it will provide a generic preparedness, ensuring that graduates have capability in many different clinical areas,” Dr Strand said.

The course will be two years duration with a high degree of flexibility to study at a time and place that suits each student. It is planned to include only two intensive weeks, one in each year, and the remainder will be taught and delivered online.

While there is high demand for Nurse Practitioners across Australia, the NT Health Strategic Plan 2019-2022 has set a target of 22 Nurse Practitioners by 2022.

With only six endorsed Nurse Practitioners currently in the Territory, this represents significant growth. In response, CDU’s goal will be 10 enrolments from the NT and 10 from interstate each year.

The Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) will be open to experienced Registered Nurses who have at least four years’ full-time experience with a minimum of two years’ advanced practice.

The course will be available in 2020. For more information, contact E: haakan.strand@cdu.edu.au