Cervical Screening module of the Certificate in Sexual and Reproductive Health (Nursing).
At least one-year post-registration experience is necessary for all nurses and midwives enrolling in the course. Evidence of current registration is required as part of the enrolment process. Previous experience in the area of women’s health, sexual and reproductive health or community health is an advantage but not a requirement. Evidence of current registration with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
Recognition of prior learning is available to nurses who seek credits for previous study and/or existing skills (fees apply). there are pre course readings and activities prior to commencement of the face to face workshops. When you have registered and paid for your modules you will receive information on how to access your readings and pre course activities for the online modules from the SHQ website. Readings and pre course activities for face to face modules will be emailed to you approximately 4 weeks prior to date of attendance.
Module 2. Cervical Screening
This module is currently being restructured and will change to 1.5 days face to face plus online learning.
This module meets the National Competencies for Cervical Screening Providers.
Nurses will become competent to provide cervical screening and preventative health checks to eligible women on behalf of a supporting doctor.
Taking a well women’s sexual health history
Pelvic floor and continence
Common gynaecological issues
If you are attending Module 2 Cervical Screening, you will be supervised by an SHQ clinical instructor to perform a consultation during the course. This includes taking a cervical screen. If you so choose you may opt to perform a cervical screening on a fellow course participant and vice versa. If not, external teaching associates will be utilised and receive an honorarium included in the fees.
All of the theoretical modules are assessable. Nurses are given time (6 weeks) to submit assignments. Nurses are not eligible to complete the clinical practicum until all relevant assessments have been received by the Nurse Educator.
SUPERVISED CLINICAL ATTACHMENT HAS RESUMED IN A LIMITED CAPACITY
Note: All assignments due must be submitted before commencing clinical practicum.
Options for Clinical Supervision:
4 to 6 x 3.5 hour clinics at SHQ either in one block or over time, or
A combination of clinics at SHQ and experience in participants own work place.
Participants are supervised at all times by experienced SHQ Registered Nurses who have been trained in clinical instruction. Discuss your clinical supervision requirements with the Nurse Educator [email protected]
Participants develop specialist clinical skills in sexual and reproductive health nursing practice, including cervical screening. The program can be negotiated to take into account the existing skills of the participant. Details on booking the practicum will be discussed during the theory component of the course.
Clinical supervision places are limited to 1-2 nurses per day to discuss booking for supervised clinical attachment contact the Clinical Education Coordinator [email protected]
Cervical Screening Supervision by an SHQ Nurse in Trainee’s Own Workplace
SHQ instructing nurses may also be available to supervise nurses in their own workplace. The trainee’s workplace is responsible for organizing specific cervical screening clinics and booking all clients. Clinical services are conducted on behalf of a supervising doctor whose Provider Number is used for pathology purposes. This doctor is responsible for the overall care and follow-up of the clients.
Nurses wishing to choose this option must contact the Nurse Educator (email as above) to negotiate the number of hours. This depends on the competency already achieved by the nurse. A minimum of 7 hours is required.