The Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Midwifery (Honours) course aims to produce dynamic graduate nurses and midwives who will be leaders in healthcare in the 21st century. The course prepares nurses and midwives with the requisite knowledge and skills to be effective and perceptive communicators, graduating from the course with the capabilities and attributes to have a positive impact on the future of the nursing and midwifery professions and the quality of people's lives. As a graduate you will be recognised for your excellent and innovative practice and leadership in nursing and midwifery. By reflecting contemporary nursing and midwifery knowledge and practice, clinical reasoning skills, research literacy and technology you will identify and effect change in health care.
Midwives play a crucial role in maternity care provision working in partnership with women during pregnancy, birth and in the postnatal period. Completion of this course produces a highly capable practitioner with a broad range of skills who is able to work within the interdisciplinary health team in nursing and midwifery practice settings. The versatility of the nurse and midwife has become increasingly important in Australian and international health services and the two qualifications will make you highly employable in any practice setting, especially in rural and remote areas where being multi-skilled can save lives.
Monash nursing and midwifery graduates are sought after worldwide because of our teaching quality, which ensures that our graduates possess valuable skills in clinical reasoning, client care, communication, clinical judgment and research literacy developed through extensive clinical experience in a variety of local and international health agencies. These are underpinned and strengthened by our links to world-class medical researchers and major teaching hospitals.
The course will prepare you for increasingly complex health care situations in Australia and internationally. As a nursing graduate you will have acquired the knowledge and skills to be a competent beginning-level registered nurse who can provide leadership and care across the age continuum, and you will have the scope to provide care in multiple settings, including acute care, primary health care and health promotion. You will develop knowledge for the safe practice of clinical skills in a variety of health care facilities and services over the course of your studies, and develop a broad range of knowledge in relevant disciplines, enabling you to critically analyse health care situations, concepts and perspectives.
As a midwifery graduate you will add to the above capabilities the specialist knowledge to provide continuous care to mothers and babies from pregnancy to after birth in any situation, including obstetric emergencies.
You will have plenty of opportunity for clinical experience in diverse settings throughout Victoria and you may also get the opportunity to study and undertake clinical placements in Sweden or the UK under our successful student exchange programs. Your clinical and professional skills will be further developed through time spent working with students enrolled in other health science courses (i.e. medical imaging, nutrition and dietetics, occupational therapy, paramedic, physiotherapy, social work) enabling you to experience interdisciplinary service delivery and inter-professional education.
Successful completion of the course will lead to eligibility for registration as a registered nurse and a registered midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. The nursing degree creates local, national and international opportunities in a range of health service areas, such as acute hospital care, mental health, rehabilitation, aged care, community-based care and rural and remote services. The midwifery degree creates opportunities in midwifery, including in antenatal, birth and postnatal areas. You could also specialise in neonatal, maternal, child health care or other fields with further study.