A day in the life of a nursing student

Nursing, midwifery and paramedicine

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Career outcomes

Our nursing graduates have pursued careers in:

  • aged care
  • clinical education
  • community care
  • medical/surgical nursing
  • mental health
  • paediatrics

Our midwifery graduates have pursued careers as:

  • antenatal educators
  • clinical specialists
  • consultant midwives
  • family carers
  • independent midwifery practitioners
  • neonatal care in special care nurseries
  • registered midwives within maternity settings
  • researchers

Our paramedic graduates have pursued careers as:

  • flight paramedics
  • medical dispatchers
  • medical/surgical nurses
  • paramedics

About nursing, midwifery and paramedicine

Nurses, midwives and paramedics are there for us when we need it the most. They help us keep our health on track, provide critical care and even save lives. With a career on the health care frontlines, you’ll have the power to improve the wellbeing of others and be there to provide vital care to the most vulnerable people in the community.

Facilities and clinics

Your nursing, midwifery and paramedicine studies will have a practical component. You’ll train in simulation facilities like simulated wards and fully-fitted ambulances, complete with realistic ‘patients’. These innovative spaces are as close as you can get to real-world hospital environments, so you’ll get plenty of experience even before your placements with real patients.

Study health overseas

During your course, you’ll have the opportunity to experience nursing and midwifery overseas. Our short-term international study programs can take you to Timor Leste, Vanuatu, the USA, Singapore, Chile and many more destinations, where you’ll study at a partner university or put your skills into practice at local health clinics. Plus, you can choose to study at our Rome Campus.

Professional recognition

Our health courses are known for developing health professionals who are compassionate, competent and have a social conscience. Once you’ve graduated you can apply for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and our paramedic graduates are eligible for membership with Paramedics Australasia. Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor Paramedicine graduates are also accredited by the Council of Ambulance Authorities, giving you a competitive advantage over other graduates with state ambulance services.

Workplace experience

Go beyond the classroom with hands-on work experience. Our nurses and midwives will gain 800 hours of clinical practice by the time they graduate, working in placements with our industry partners such as aged care and mental health facilities, and leading hospitals. Midwifery students will also have the opportunity to engage with at least 10 women to follow their pregnancy, labour, birth and postnatal-care journey. Our paramedicine students will undertake a minimum of 360 hours of clinical practice within and emergency or simulated emergency setting.

Meet our students and staff

Alumni profile Mihai Gavrilescu

Mihai Gavrilescu

Paramedicine student

“There’s a lot of practical work at ACU, which I really enjoy. Our placements are out on the road with ambulances. There’s definitely that adrenaline rush when you go to something you’ve never seen before. But the way in which these situations can be calmed down appeals to me. The calmer it is, the better the outcome.

I like the problem-solving part of paramedicine and the ability to have an immediate impact. Treatment isn’t always about giving drugs or stopping the bleeding. Being supportive is treatment in itself. ” 

Staff profile Kim Foster

Professor Kim Foster

Professor of Mental Health Nursing

Professor Kim Foster joined ACU in 2016 as Professor of Mental Health Nursing and leader of the Mental Health Nursing Research Unit at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. Her role is to conduct high-quality collaborative research with mental health nurses, consumers, carers and multidisciplinary colleagues that translates into effective care and improves the wellbeing and outcomes of mental health consumers and carers.

Professor Foster’s main areas of research have been co-associated physical and/or mental health conditions, and the capacity of the mental health workforce to provide quality care.

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