As nationwide demand for qualified nurses and midwives continues to rise, there has never been a better time to drive your career forward within these prosperous and incredibly rewarding fields.
Midwife shortages across the country have been widely publicised in recent years and demand for nurses will significantly exceed supply with a projected shortfall of approximately 123,000 nurses by 2030¹ if the right measures aren’t taken to significantly reduce these figures.
The upshot is not only an urgent need for newly qualified nurses and midwives to fill critical shortages, but also for experienced and qualified employees to step up into higher-level positions to lead emerging graduates as they embark on their careers.
However, for many, the challenge remains finding the time to fit in postgraduate study on top of what is already an incredibly demanding job, not to mention other life commitments outside of work.
With job and career growth opportunities across nursing and midwifery continuing to soar, Australian leaders in online higher education, Open Universities Australia (OUA), have significantly expanded their suite of online postgraduate nursing and maternal health related degrees from leading Australian universities, enabling students to drive their careers forward without having to sacrifice their income, family and other life commitments.
Never too busy to better yourself
With years of nursing experience under her belt, Brenda Bruce from Alice Springs recently completed Curtin University’s Master of Health Industry Management online through OUA.
Balancing study with her role as a Clinical Nurse Consultant for Safety and Quality, two young children and several moves around the country due to her husband’s job wasn’t always easy, however slowly but surely Brenda completed her master’s degree, which she says has provided her with highly valuable and applicable skills to advance her career.
“I enrolled while I was working as a clinical nurse on the floor and I knew that I wanted to be a manager and decided that a master’s would be the best way to get me in the frame of mind,” says Brenda.
“I chose the Master of Health Industry Management because I knew that it would broaden the scope from just nursing to the entire health industry, which was where I wanted to be.”
Brenda says ‘doing it all’ certainly had its challenges, but that the flexibility of studying online is what made it possible.
“In the nine years that I was completing my degree, I was engaged, married, had two children and moved three times. Sometimes the study needed to drop off and it was really great how learning online through OUA was able to accommodate the way that I needed to study.”
With more than three quarters (78%) of those working within Australia’s health sector being female and a third (33%) living in regional areas, having access to online higher education is the only realistic way many people can fit study in with their busy lives.
“For me, being able to successfully complete my masters was made achievable due to being able to manage the degree at my own pace and within my own schedule. I would focus on one subject at a time over a 12-week period – this really is what kept me going,” Brenda says.
Your way forward
OUA offers a wide range of online nursing and maternal health postgraduate degrees from leading Australian universities.
Students can start off at graduate certificate level and work their way up to a master’s, or even test the waters by simply getting underway with a postgraduate single subject, which can be credited against a full qualification if you wish to keep going.
The suite of online nursing and maternal health qualifications available through OUA includes graduate certificates and graduate diplomas across both fields, right through to a vast selection of master’s degrees, such as Griffith University’s Master of Primary Maternity Care and the Australian Catholic University’s Master of Mental Health Nursing.
The digital delivery of all health-related degrees offered through OUA is designed by the universities to meet the demands of health professionals with flexible study modes and practicums remaining an integral part of the content where relevant and required, so students can continue to gain practical experience in professional field placements under clinical supervision.
Take your health career to the next level with a postgraduate degree. Open Universities Australia has helped more than 400,000 students study online with leading Australian universities, without putting their lives on hold. Explore your options at open.edu.au or call a friendly student advisor on 13 OPEN.