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College of Nursing and Midwifery Quarterly Newsletter 

June 2020

2020 has been designated by the World Health Assembly as the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife and we feature Associate Professor Donna Hartz in this newsletter to acknowledge the importance of our professions. The College had planned to celebrate our special year on May 20 at our College Awards evening, however due to Covid-19 restrictions our plans changed.

Since mid-March, College staff and students have managed the impact of state and territory border closures and physical distancing practices on our day-to-day delivery of both theory and clinical teaching admirably, and it is important to reward their outstanding achievements. Congratulations to all our 2020 award winners listed in this June newsletter.

The College celebrated International Midwives Day [May 5th] and International Nurses Day [May 12th] with special webinars to shine the spotlight on the importance of midwives and nurses in delivering health care globally. The value of both professions has never been more evident as the world responds to the Covid-19 pandemic. Read about how our academic staff and one of our nursing students participated in the Covid-19 response effort.

Our May CDU graduation ceremony could not be held due to Covid-19 restrictions and so a virtual graduation ceremony took place in which our College graduated over 330 nurses and midwives. Congratulations to all you graduates as you now become CDU alumni.

The College continues to expand our academic courses and research activities. Read about some of our new and exciting postgraduate courses for this year and 2021.

We will continue to share all the inspiring good news stories with you, and keep you informed of College activities and future plans. If you are a student, alumni, clinical partner or a key stakeholder please join our CDU community to connect, discover and grow.

Professor Catherine Turner AM
College Dean

Academics play an integral role in the fight against COVID-19

As a nurse and an academic, CDU Lecturer in Nursing, Nicole Norman, recognised the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic relatively quickly.

For Nicole, it wasn’t a question of ‘should she help?’, but rather, ‘how can she help?’.

Passion for aeromedics, plus COVID-19, prompts new masters degree

A passion for aeromedical retrieval, and more recently lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic, has been the catalyst for the College of Nursing and Midwifery’s new Masters of Aeromedical Retrieval, set to commence in 2021.

Course spotlight - Master of Midwifery

Take your midwifery career to the next level, through CDU’s Master of Midwifery.

Enabling students to select study units that focus on their own professional career plans, graduating with a Masters of Midwifery can lead to advanced or specialised clinical roles in education, management and leadership or research roles.

World Blood Donor Day - June 14
You can't ask that! CDU celebrates the Year of the Nurse and Midwife

To celebrate the daily contribution that the world’s nurses and midwives make to our nation, and the world, Charles Darwin University’s College of Nursing and Midwifery held two special webinars.

Watch the webinars here

World Hepatitis Day - July 28
CDU CELEBRATES INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF THE NURSE AND MIDWIFE 2020

Each quarter, we'll highlight the achievements of outstanding and influential nurses or midwives

Students on the frontline

When nursing student Melissa Boyd first became aware of the Coronavirus pandemic making its way through Australia, her first though was: ‘what can I do to help?’.

Spotlight on a College staff member

Critical thinking ability is one of the most important skills a nurse can develop, according to Scholarly Teaching Fellow Saskia Maes

International Year of the Nurse and Midwife

Associate Professor Donna Hartz - champion for change

CONM staff and student awards

Each year, the College of Nursing and Midwifery recognises both students and staff who have excelled in their studies and professional work throughout the year.

CDU responds to the government's Higher Education Relief Package
Reskill or upskill with discounted short courses

Emerge from the COVID-19 lockdown stronger, smarter, and with a new qualification, via one of a number of short courses being offered by CDU in response to the recently announced Higher Education Relief Package.  

Study 100% online

Students can take advantage of a range of heavily discounted university courses that can be studied online and completed by December 2020.

The College of Nursing and Midwifery is offering the following Graduate Certificates:

  • Graduate Certificate of Clinical Nursing
  • Graduate Certificate of Clinical Facilitation
  • Graduate Certificate of Maternal Critical Care
  • Graduate Certificate of Health Services Management

The short courses will be delivered over one semester – starting in July and finishing in December 2020. 

CDU also offers a range of Graduate Diploma and Master level courses, not available through the program. 

There has never been a more important time to further your skills as a health professional, and gain the credentials to make a difference. 

*To support Australian workers displaced by the COVID-19 crisis, the Commonwealth Government has introduced the Higher Education Relief Package. This new government initiative will subsidise select courses during Semester 2, to make study achievable during the pandemic.

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