A rural nursing placement may change how you view your future

19 June 2024

Are you considering studying nursing?

You might be curious to know that Australian universities like the University of Melbourne offer exceptional clinical placements for their nursing students, including rural and remote placements you won’t find anywhere else.

University of Melbourne Nursing students
Study nursing at the University of Melbourne Nursing School

Allied health and nursing students at metropolitan campuses are open to working rurally after undertaking a rural or regional placement, a University of Melbourne study has found.

More than 4,000 students were surveyed following their placements in north and northeastern Victoria, Ballarat, and the Grampians, for the study recently published in the Australian Journal of Rural Health.

The study shows how rural placements can showcase new lifestyle and career opportunities for students, as nearly 70 percent of students surveyed agreed that the placement they had undertaken encouraged them to consider living and working in a regional or rural location after they complete their degree.

Nurses, midwives, and allied health professionals such as speech pathologists and physiotherapists play an integral role in ensuring quality health care in the regional communities they work in.

Studying Nursing at the University of Melbourne

If you already hold a degree in an area other than nursing, the Master of Nursing Science from the University of Melbourne is a professional master’s degree that provides exceptional preparation for a nursing career. It is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (formerly Nurses Board of Victoria).

A master’s degree in nursing is a portable qualification, whether you want to work locally, nationally or internationally.

Melbourne offers the only integrated curriculum where you learn clinical skills and theory concurrently. Clinical and bioscience topics are coordinated to enhance your understanding of theory in practice. Students will participate in 6 to 8 weeks of intensive teaching each semester, followed by three or four weeks of professional experience placement with partner hospitals. Past students have been able to undertake clinical placement in Nepal, where they visited remote communities to provide healthcare services, as well as helping fundraise for the installation of a clean water system.

Program: Master of Nursing Science
Semester intake: January
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: Generally the end of August

Start your application to Melbourne Nursing School!


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