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Graduate Certificate in Nursing (GCN): Envisioning a preferred future
  • Posted on 21st October, 2021
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Graduate Certificate in Nursing (GCN):
Envisioning a preferred future

Nurses often engage in examining current trends, envisioning, and creating the future of nursing while exploring possible career options. If you still haven’t decided on a specialised area of practise in nursing and will keep your options open until you find your niche, it is the right time for you to take on the next step towards your career development.

One of the first steps in shaping a nursing career would be self-evaluation; finding your passion, self-assessment of personal values and followed by dreaming of where you would like to be. Once you have identified the way forward, the next step will be identifying advance nursing programmes providing an environment of professional advancement.

For advancing your nursing career you should invest in a course that is designed on the foundations of undergraduate education and previous clinical experience and is based on the belief of providing career opportunities for nurses to advance their practice in their chosen expertise.

Graduate Certificate in Nursing (GCN) offered at Institute of Health and Management, Australia is one such course guided by the belief that post graduate education builds upon undergraduate education and previous clinical experience. Therefore, the course is designed to provide an environment of critical inquiry, testing of ideas, generation and expansion of knowledge including the development of leadership capability and increased awareness of research skills. It is offered both in face to face and online delivery modes supporting different learners and their learning needs.

The GCN graduates will develop further skills to investigate, challenge and improve current practice in nursing and develop further knowledge and skills in research and evidence-based practice in nursing. This is achieved using innovative and technological advancements in learning and teaching offered by IHM. IHM is using virtual reality simulations, application enhanced classroom-based learning and delivery of structured interactive learning opportunities for both classroom and online courses. Additionally, IHM has been offering quality postgraduate courses in nursing from last 7 years and has been ranked among top 25 private Institute of Higher Educations in the recent Quality Indicators for Learning & Teaching (QILT) surveys based on the postgraduate student experience in Australia. IHM takes pride in offering quality higher education to nurses locally (in Australia) and internationally and holds a respectable reputation in Higher education sector in Australia.

GCN is a non- specialisation postgraduate course in Nursing that uncovers the wide range of nursing careers including leadership and management, nursing education and research. It provides students with an entry pathway to the Graduate Diploma in Nursing and then subsequently into Master of Nursing in Australia, both offered at IHM.

For internationally qualified nurses, Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) has also considered GCN as an evidence to meet practice hour requirements for students who are unable to meet the Recency of Practice requirements. Since the graduation of the first GCN cohort, IHM has had around 500 successful graduates currently working in Nursing across the globe.

If you would like to join the advanced nursing workforce in Australia and globally, this blog would be worth a read.

So where do I start? Who do I speak to? What are the eligibility criteria? When can I start? Can I study while working?

For all these and many more questions that you would like answered, feel free to contact IHM at or just submit an enquiry and we will get back to you shortly.

Happy studying!!!

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