Communication of graduate emergency nursing programs

Ms Tamsin Jones1,2, Professor Ramon  Shaban2,3, Professor  Debra Creedy3

1Monash University, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Frankston, Australia, 2Menzies Health institute Queensland, School of Nursing and Midwifery Griffith University, Meadowbrook, Logan, Australia, 3Infection Control Department, Cold Coast University Hospital, Gold Coast Hospital Health Service, , Southport, Australia

Background: Nurses who choose to work in emergency departments are often required to complete graduate education that informs the safe and competent care of patients. Currently there are no minimum standards for graduate emergency nursing programs. The websites of emergency nursing course providers are an important source for an environmental scan of key content and skills deemed to be necessary for ED practice.

Aims: The purpose of this study is to identify and analyse the publically available documents relating to course content, practice outcomes and assessment methods of Australian graduate-level emergency nursing education programs.

Methods: A document analysis framework will be applied to publicly available documents for each graduate program that offers emergency specialisation (n = 17). The analysis will focus on program philosophy/framework, course content and structure, graduate outcomes and assessment methods.

Results: The analysis is currently underway. Preliminary findings indicate variability in the publically available information provided by emergency nursing course providers. Differences are evident in the program outcomes, duration, content and approaches to assessment.

Conclusion: This is the first project of its kind to analyse Australian graduate emergency nursing programs. The results are the first in a program of work to determine minimum standards for graduate emergency nursing programs.

Key Words: Emergency nursing, postgraduate, graduate attributes, emergency education


Tamsin is an experienced emergency nurse and is currently a PhD candidate at Griffith University. Tamsin’s PhD aims to develop minimum practice standards for the emergency nursing graduate.