“CSU is currently expanding its nursing programs in recognition of the high demand for places and the high quality of its nursing graduates,” said the University’s Dean of the Faculty of Health Studies, Professor David Battersby.
“We have offered pre-registration nursing courses at our Bathurst and Wagga Wagga Campuses for over 15 years. Based on this experience, nursing was introduced at the Dubbo Campus in 1999, with numbers here likely to increase next year. In July this year, we also offered nursing for the first time from our Albury-Wodonga Campus,” he said.
“The expansion means that additional nursing academic staff are needed, with new appointments to be made on each campus over the next few months.”
The University also provides opportunities for nurses to upgrade their qualifications, with enrolled nurses able to upgrade to registered nurses.
“Each year, around 100 enrolled nurses, mainly from NSW, enter our registered nurse degree program. They complete their studies by distance education, combined with intensive residential schools and structured clinical placements.”
In 2002, CSU will introduce two double degrees involving nursing at the Bathurst Campus. Students will be able to enrol in a four-year double degree in early childhood education and nursing, providing them with employment opportunities in health and education.
“There has also been considerable interest in our double degree in nursing and paramedic training, with students graduating with degrees in nursing and clinical paramedic practice,” Professor Battersby said.
In associated nursing fields, CSU mental health nursing courses have been boosted by a $590 000 grant from the NSW Health Department. CSU is also collaborating with the NSW College of Nursing to offer a Masters degree in Clinical Nursing, which is aimed at experienced nurses seeking to upgrade their qualifications.