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


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: Chris Martin

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9503

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.07.004

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 MyRMIT.

  • 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
  • RMIT student deed (annual requirement)
  • SHBS authorisation 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 in full 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 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 email 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 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 successful 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 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

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

You are required to demonstrate clinical skills congruent to the level of a Year 1 undergraduate nurse.

This course is a non-graded Pass (PX) / Unsatisfactory Fail (NN) course.

To complete this course the following components are mandatory:

1. Attendance at 80% (minimum) of clinical preparation lectures and labs as timetabled.

        CLO 3, 4, & 6

2. Completion of the Clinical/WIL preparation module.

         CLO 3,4 & 6

3. Reflection task.

        CLO 3, 4 & 6

4. Assessment of your clinical skills and care in 120 hours of clinical placement using the recognised Australian Nursing Standard Assessment Tool (ANSAT).

   This tool rates your performance as either satisfactory or unsatisfactory.

         CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6


If your placement is terminated early you will be subject to Section 8.2 of the Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Life Cycle – Process Overview – Change or Terminate WIL Activity