Course Title: Professional Experience Practice 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Professional Experience Practice 1

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


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


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 2 2023


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed

Face-to-Face or Workplace

Sem 2 2017


Sale Campus


150H Health Sciences


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


Hamilton Campus


150H Health Sciences


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

Course Coordinator: Patricia Kitney

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 0542

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 220.04.5D

Course Coordinator Availability: by email appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required prior study (Pre-requisites)

Required concurrent study (Co-requisites)


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.

  • Police check
  • Working with Children Check
  • Immunisation Declaration Form part A & B completed in full. All vaccinations and annual requirements (i.e. influenza and TB screening) must be completed in full prior to attending placement
  • COVID vaccination certificates (including booster)
  • RMIT student deed (annual requirement)
  • SHBS authorisation form
  • National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS worker) 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 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 will consist of a supervised professional placement in a sub-acute healthcare setting. Students are required to undertake a minimum of 120 hours of supervised nursing practice the designated clinical setting under the direct supervision of a registered nurse.  Specific learning outcomes will be achieved over the period of the professional practice placement. Nursing care will be planned and implemented under the supervision of a Registered Nurse. This course will consist of an introduction to the nurse’s role and expectations in planning and provision of care in the clinical setting, introduction to healthcare documentation and microbiological aspects of care. Students will build on numeracy skills that underpin the therapeutic administration of medications.  Students will apply the theoretical concepts learned in the courses being studied in this and the previous semester. You will, under the supervision of a registered nurse, participate in delivering the day-to-day care required to support activities of daily living. Additionally, in a real life setting you will apply manual handling and microbiological principles to ensure safe care delivery. Students will also be given the opportunity to develop communication skills and will be introduced to healthcare documentation requirements.  This will be undertaken in a sub-acute clinical setting.

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 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 2 hours (one way) to attend the clinical venue allocated.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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).

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Undertake culturally relevant and age specific nursing care under supervision of the registered nurse.
  2. Display beginning communication skills with patients and the nursing staff.
  3. Demonstrate safe practice in relation to Occupational Health and Safety policies and procedures.
  4. Recognise the role of the nurse within the multi-disciplinary healthcare team.
  5. Identify and function at your level and scope of practice.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to effectively evaluate your nursing care against measurable outcomes.

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 120 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 you to apply your foundational clinical skills and knowledge in a supported supervised clinical setting and to recognise and work within your scope of nursing practice.

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. 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.

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through myRMIT Studies Course.

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal.

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 Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Pre-placement WIL Passport documentation requirements
Satisfactory Pass (PX) / Unsatisfactory (NH) (HURDLE)
This assessment task supports CLO 5

Assessment Task 2:  Professional Experience Placement (120 hours) using Australian Nursing Standards Assessment Tool (ANSAT)
Satisfactory Pass (PX) / Unsatisfactory Fail (NN) (HURDLE)
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