Course Title: Professional Experience Practice 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Professional Experience Practice 1

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

NURS2092

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

NURS2093

Sale Campus

Undergraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009

NURS2094

Hamilton Campus

Undergraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010

Course Coordinator: Lauren Parkinson

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 99257449

Course Coordinator Email: lauren parkinson@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 201.07.02


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

 

To be eligible to enrol in this course you will need to have successfully completed the following courses:

  • NURS1125 Foundations of Nursing Practice

Whilst undertaking this course you will also have to either be enrolled in (or have previously successfully completed)

  • NURS1127 Altered States of Health

 

Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. For further information go to:

www.rmit.edu.au/students/enrolment/credit/he

Work Integrated Learning:

Students enrolled in this course will be required to undertake placement as part of the assessment of the course.  A number of requirements must be met by students to ensure eligibility for placement.  Further details on each of these are available in Part B of the Course Guide and on MyRMIT.

  • National Police check
  • Working with Children Check
  • Immunisation Declaration Form

 

There is no flexibility with these requirements.  It is your responsibility to ensure THESE REQUIREMENTS ARE COMPLETED.  Any student who has not provided this information will not be able to attend placement and will receive a fail grade for the placement course.


Course Description

This course is identified by RMIT University as a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/or community is integral to your experience.

You will be offered an opportunity to undertake a supervised professional learning experience in a prearranged clinical setting for a prescribed period of time. You will work with a registered nurse within the multidisciplinary healthcare team to begin apply your nursing skills in the patient care setting. You will be expected to consider the modes of communication within and across the multidisciplinary healthcare team, to identify the functioning of the health care system in which you are placed and to consolidate your foundation nursing skills and function within your scope of practice as an undergraduate nurse.

Attendance at the designated facility for the entire 120 hours is a mandatory requirement. Successful completion of this course cannot be achieved until you have met this requirement. If you are deemed unsafe at any time during the WIL experience, or function beyond your scope of practice, you may be removed from the health care setting and receive a fail grade for this course. You will be required to re-enrol in the course in the following year.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability you should contact the Program Coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit for further advice. Students need to be able to meet the inherent requirements of the program.

At any time prior to or during your placement if there are concerns raised related to your fitness to practice the clinical coordinator can request that you gain full medical clearance to continue your placement.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes 

 

This course will contribute to Program Learning Outcomes for BP032 Bachelor of Nursing and the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia Registered Nurse Standards for Practice through the following learning outcomes:

Standard 1: Thinks critically and analyses nursing practice

Standard 2: Engages in therapeutic and professional relationships

Standard 3: Maintains the capability for practice

Standard 4: Comprehensively conducts assessments

Standard 5: Develops a plan for nursing practice

Standard 6: Provides safe, appropriate and responsive quality nursing practice

Standard 7: Evaluates outcomes to inform nursing practice

(Reference: Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. (2016) Registered nurse standards for practice. Melbourne, Australia).


 On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Undertake culturally relevant and age specific nursing care for one to two moderately dependent patients with supervision and prompting from the registered nurse.
  2. Demonstrate safe practice in relation to Occupational Health and Safety and risk management measures such as no lift patient manual handling techniques that underpin the provision of supervised care in a subacute health care setting.
  3. Recognise the role of the nurse within the multi-disciplinary healthcare team
  4. Identify and function within your scope of practice as a beginning student of nursing.
  5. Employ effective communication skills with the interdisciplinary healthcare team
  6. Demonstrate the ability to effectively evaluate your nursing care against the patient care requirements.


Overview of Learning Activities

This course is a Work Integrated Learning course that will be conducted in a subacute healthcare setting. You will be required to undertake 120 hours of supervised nursing practice in a designated clinical setting under the direct supervision of a registered nurse. Prior to your entry into the healthcare setting you will be expected to undertake 12 hours of theoretical preparation for the Professional Experience Placement.

During this time you will be introduced to the requirements of your participation in the clinical setting and develop mastery of the mathematical formulae that underpins the therapeutic administration of medications. You will not be administering medications during this Professional Experience Placement.

The clinical preparation time will use a range of learning activities including lectures, discussions and self-directed learning to assist in your preparation for the WIL experience. Throughout the timetabled clinical preparation time you will be able to work both independently and in groups to aid the application of your Evidence Based theoretical knowledge to your WIL experience.

Independent Learning: In line with the professional responsibility for active life-long learning you are expected to undertake self-directed learning activities during this time to develop and consolidate knowledge and skills obtained during the WIL experience.

The activities associated with this course are designed to enable you to apply your clinical skills and knowledge in a supported supervised clinical setting and to recognise and work within your scope of nursing practice. You will be expected to actively participate in patient care as part of the health care team during your WIL experience.

Assessment completed in the first half of your placement will provide feedback on your clinical progress. Ongoing feedback on your knowledge and clinical skill application will be provided from clinical and supervisory staff. Feedback is provided in a variety of ways including verbal. Individual feedback will be provided in a written format at the end of your WIL placement.

 

 


Overview of Learning Resources

 

Your clinical learning experience is organised by RMIT University. The associated learning resources will support you during your professional experience practice. For the most current information related to all clinical placements please log onto myRMIT and BN Central. All documentation related to clinical as well as pre-clinical requirements is found at this site. You will be required to access this resource for all clinical courses.

A library subject guide is available at http://rmit.libguides.com/nursing


Overview of Assessment

 

Clinical Assessment Tool: Satisfactory Pass (PX) / Unsatisfactory Fail (NN)

The assessment associated with this course will comprise both formative and summative assessment of your clinical skills and care using the recognised Clinical Assessment Tool which measures your progress across the seven professional standards.

You are required to demonstrate clinical knowledge and skill congruent to the level of a Year 1 undergraduate nurse. If you are deemed unsatisfactory at the formative assessment, remedial action and a learning contract will be undertaken before being allowed to continue the placement. If you are deemed unsatisfactory at the summative assessment you will then be required to undertake a simulation assessment. If your performance in the simulation assessment demonstrates an unsatisfactory level of practice you receive a fail grade for this course and be required to re-enrol in the course in the following year. If your performance in the simulation assessment demonstrates a satisfactory level of practice you will be offered a replacement clinical placement.

If you are deemed unsafe at any time during the WIL experience, or function beyond your scope of practice, you may be removed from the health care setting and receive a fail grade for this course. You will be required to re- enrol in the course in the following year.

All learning outcomes will be assessed during the 120 hours of this Professional Experience Placement (CLOs 1-6)

Clinical Skill Log:

You will  develop a clinical skill log to document and reflect on your clinical skill acquisition

(CLOs 2,4,6)

This course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced, at:

www.rmit.edu.au/students/assessment