Course Title: Professional Experience Practice 3

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Professional Experience Practice 3

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities.

Please check your Canvas course shell closer to when the course starts to see if this course requires mandatory in-person attendance. The delivery method of the course might have to change quickly in response to changes in the local state/national directive regarding in-person course attendance.


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


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


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018


Hamilton Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011


Sale Campus


150H Health Sciences


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

Course Coordinator: Jo-Anne Rihs

Course Coordinator Phone: .

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Bundoora West

Course Coordinator Availability: By Appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)

Required concurrent study (Co-requisites)

If you have not successfully passed NURS1150 Professional Experience Practice 2 (Course ID 010110), you will be notified to drop your enrolment in Professional Experience Practice 3 in the subsequent semester.

If you have not successfully passed:

A learning support plan will be implemented to ensure safe clinical practice.  The learning support plan will be required to be submitted as an attachment to your Clinical Assessment Tool for each Professional Experience Practice clinical placement rotation until you have completed these courses.  Students are required to discuss and have signed off their learning support plan with their Clinical Nurse Educator at the allocated venue.

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 Canvas.

  • National Police check
  • Working with Children Check
  • Immunisation Declaration Form part A & B completed in full.  All vaccinations and annual requirements (ie influenza and TB screening) must be completed in full prior to attending placement
  • COVID vaccination certificates (including boaster)
  • RMIT student deed (annual requirement)
  • SHBS authorisation form
  • National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)  screening check

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 in full by the specified date will not be able to attend placement and will receive a fail grade for the placement course. A fail grade for the course will result in a delay in your program progression.

Course Description

This course is identified by RMIT University as a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) experience in which knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a clinical workplace context, feedback from industry and/or community is integral to your experience. Students will undertake a supervised professional placement in a prearranged clinical setting for a prescribed period of time.

Students will work with a registered nurse in the healthcare team to continue building on acute care and/or mental health nursing skills acquired in preceding and current semesters. Students will provide nursing care under the direct supervision of a Registered Nurse, and develop skills required for time management and prioritisation of nursing care.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability you should contact the Program Coordinator or the Equitable Learning Services 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.

You will be notified of specific placement details as early as possible via InPlace. The placement information is subject to change at any time up until placement, so please check your student e-mail account daily. Please note: You may have to travel up to 4 hours to attend the clinical venue allocated.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course will contribute to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP032 Bachelor of Nursing in accordance with 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 successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Undertake culturally relevant and age specific nursing care at a beginning level in a mental health or acute care setting with supervision and prompting from the registered nurse.
  2. Demonstrate safe practice in relation to Occupational Health and Safety and risk management measures in the provision of supervised care for the acute care or mental health patient.
  3. Employ effective communication skills with the clinical nursing staff and interdisciplinary healthcare team. Including recognition of reporting in a timely manner to ensure clinical or academic judgement.
  4. Apply a beginning level of clinical reasoning within the context of evidence-based nursing care of acute care/mental health patients.
  5. Assess, administer and evaluate pharmacological therapies under the direct supervision of the registered nurse.
  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 the healthcare setting. Students will be required to undertake 160 hours of supervised nursing practice in a designated clinical setting under the direct supervision of a registered nurse. As support and preparation for this WIL experience there will also be clinical preparation time allocated throughout the semester as a timetabled learning experience.

Students will actively participate in patient care as part of the health care team during all WIL experiences.

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 obtained during the WIL experience.

The activities associated with this course are designed to enable students to apply acute care and/or mental health clinical skills and knowledge in a supported supervised clinical setting, building on theoretical learning from preceding and current semesters.

RMIT have state of the art simulated learning facilities for student learning and practice. You will participate in simulated practice within these facilities in preparation for placement. As a part of participation you may be filmed for learning, teaching, reflection and assessment and this is considered an inherent part of our learning and teaching program. Recordings will be maintained in accordance with our assessment, document retention and privacy policies.

Overview of Learning Resources

The learning resources associated with this clinical learning preparation and experience will include specific learning requirements to support you during your professional practice experience.

Your clinical learning experience is organised by RMIT University and is designed to link with the specific learning undertaken during this period of your degree preparation.

For the most current information related to all clinical placements please log onto InPlace. 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



Overview of Assessment

All assessments are required to be completed for a pass mark in this course. This clinical course awards a pass or fail mark.

All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

Hurdle requirements are required in order to provide evidence of competency to the accrediting organisation the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC)

Assessment Task 1: Pre placement documentation requirements
Satisfactory Pass (PX) / Unsatisfactory (NH) (HURDLE)
This assessment task supports CLO 2

Assessment Task 2: 160 hours of Professional Experience Placement and the completion of a formative (interim) and summative (final) using Australian Nursing Standards Assessment Tool (ANSAT)
Satisfactory Pass (PX) / Unsatisfactory Fail (NN)
All learning outcomes will be assessed during the 160 hours of this Professional Experience Placement
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6

Assessment Task 3: Supervised Laboratory Practice and Completion of Medication Calculation Certificates 
Satisfactory Pass (PX) / Unsatisfactory (NH) (HURDLE)
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4