Perioperative Nurse Surgical Assistant (PNSA)

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Advance your knowledge and skills in the field of perioperative nursing practice.

This course is now available via the Master of Nursing, where it has been introduced as a specialisation.  

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Key facts

Course category
Nursing and Midwifery, Nursing
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Duration
PNSA 1 offered in semester 1 (4/3 - 2/6/2024) and PNSA 2 in semester 2 (29/7 - 27/10/2024), 30 credit points each)
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Prerequisite/s
Current registration with AHPRA, Division 1 Registered Nurse skills and knowledge, perioperative nursing professional experience.
Certification
Postgraduate Diploma

Why this course?

This course is the only specialised course of study in Australia that prepares perioperative Registered Nurses to undertake advanced nursing practice skills in surgical assisting and collaborative patient care in pre-operative and postoperative care of the surgical patient population.

Why study a short course at La Trobe

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Powerful Collaborations

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Course content

This course is now available via the Master of Nursing, where it has been introduced as a specialisation.  Delivered online over two semesters, supported by clinical mentorship from a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) sourced by the students, this course is offered in two 30 credit point subjects, with PNSA 1 offered in semester 1 and PNSA 2 in semester 2.  

 

As an AHPRA registered Division 1 Nurse, you will embark on an advanced practice role toward practicing as a Perioperative Nurse Surgeons Assistant (PNSA), developing cognitive and technicals skills to demonstrate an advanced understanding of the underlying principles and theoretical concepts in the role of surgical assistance, an in-depth understanding of the history of the PNSA role and integration of advanced nursing principle in delivery of care in the three phases of care; Preoperative, Intraoperative and Postoperative Care. 

 

Key topics in this specialisation  include: 

  • Collaboration and teamwork
  • Communication
  • Health advocacy
  • Judgement and clinical decision making
  • Management and leadership
  • Nursing expertise
  • Professionalism and ethics
  • Scholarship and teaching
  • Technical expertise

To apply for the Master of Nursing, or find out more about the degree, click here

 

 

You’ll learn:

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify the higher level knowledge skills, legislative requirements  and behaviours of an advance practice practitioner
  • Undertake effective and reflective practice as an independent practitioner and as a member, follower and leader within an interdisciplinary team
  • Demonstrate and evidence an advanced specialist skill set in the delivery of surgical care under the mentorship and supervision of the surgeon/s
  • Understand the expectations in the pursuit of the professional profile of the PNSA to evidence work-based assessment, achievement, experience and credentialing within practice
  • Recognise your own learning needs and use effective strategies in application to professional practice
  • Integrate valid evidence available from current developments and research and determine its impact on your advanced practice
  • Appraise and make use of valid evidence to design and implement strategies appropriate to novel situations
  • Communicate rigorous and rational arguments in a manner appropriate to the given audience, situation and context
  • Collaborate effectively within a multidisciplinary team to ensure safe, ethical practice.
  • Synthesise and apply evidence-based knowledge to your advanced practice.

To find out more, please contact  Olivia Sonneborn (O.Sonneborn@latrobe.edu.au) or Joanne Joyce-McCoach (J.Joyce-McCoach@latrobe.edu.au).

Your study experience

As this course is now part of a Master of Nursing degree, you'll be studying alongside students enrolled in that specialisation.

 

There are two options to enrol in the course:

You already have a recent Master qualification and just need the PNSA specialisation:

  1. Enrol in the Master of Nursing (Perioperative Practices)
  2. Apply for credit (advanced standing) for Perioperative Practices Specialisation subjects: NSM4TOC, NSM4010 and NSM4019
  3. Undertake PNSA 1 and 2 (subject codes NSM5002 and NSM5003)
  4. Choose to exit the Master degree with a Graduate Diploma (Perioperative Practices), or continue in the Master of Nursing. 

You do not have a recent post-graduate qualification (postgraduate Certificate/Diploma/Master):

  1. Enrol in the Master of Nursing (Perioperative Practices)
  2. Complete the specialisation subjects needed to earn a Graduate Diploma (Perioperative Practices) - NSM4TOC, NSM4010 and NSM4019 in year 1
  3. In year 2 of study, undertake PNSA 1 and 2 (subject codes NSM5002 and NSM5003)
  4. Choose to exit with the Graduate Diploma or continue to complete the Master of Nursing.

 

To find out more, please contact  Olivia Sonneborn - O.Sonneborn@latrobe.edu.au or Joanne Joyce-McCoach (J.Joyce-McCoach@latrobe.edu.au. 

Find out more or apply for the Master of Nursing (Perioperative Practices)

 

Frequently Asked Questions

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