Course Title: Professional Experience Practice 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Professional Experience Practice 1

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Course guide info and changes due to COVID-19: As a consequence of courses being delivered remotely in Semester 2 2020, course guides may not reflect all courses assessments and activities. This is because some information in the course guide is fixed, such as learning outcomes, and some may change according to the semester of delivery. Please refer to Canvas for details regarding your assessment and activities for each of your Semester 2 courses and talk to your course coordinator if you have any questions.


Terms

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

NURS2092

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

173H School of Health and Biomed

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020

NURS2092

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

173H School of Health and Biomed

Face-to-Face or Workplace

Sem 2 2017

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: Chris Martin

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9503

Course Coordinator Email: chris.martin@rmit.edu.au

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 will consist of a supervised professional placement in a mental health or acute care clinical setting for a prescribed period of time. Students will work in the multidisciplinary healthcare team to develop beginning knowledge in acute care and/or mental health settings. 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 introduce the student to medication management, and how nursing care is contextualised in the management of acute and chronic disease. Students will apply the theoretical concepts learned in the courses being studied in this and the previous semester.

Attendance at the designated facility for the entire 160 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 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 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 you to apply your acute care and/or mental health clinical skills and knowledge in a supported supervised clinical setting and to recognise and work within your scope of nursing practice.


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 http://rmit.libguides.com/nursing

 

 


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 requirements

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 Unsatisfactory (NH) for the placement course.

  1. National Police check
  2. Working with Children Check
  3. 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)
  4. RMIT student deed (annual requirement)
  5. SHBS authorisation form
  6. Completion of the Clinical/WIL preparation module

This assessment task supports CLO 2

Assessment Task 2: Australian Nursing Standards Assessment Tool (ANSAT) : Satisfactory Pass (PX) / Unsatisfactory Fail (NN)

The assessment associated with this course will comprise of assessment of your clinical skills and care using the recognised ANSAT which measures your progress across the professional standards.

You are required to demonstrate nursing practice congruent to the level of a beginning Year 2 undergraduate nurse. If you are deemed unsatisfactory, remedial action using a learning support plan will be undertaken to provide clear objectives the student needs to work towards in order to successfully pass the placement. Failure to engage with a learning support plan will result in removal from clinical placement and an NN fail grade for the clinical course.

If students are deemed unsatisfactory, the clinical coordinator and BN program coordinator will review all evidence provided by the healthcare facility. If it’s deemed the student has not met objectives set out in the learning support plan, the student will receive a NN fail grade, and be required to enrol in the next course offering. On some occasions, students may be offered a make- up placement with continuation of the learning support plan. Any action resulting in the clinical venue terminating the clinical placement will be subject to WIL termination process.

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 Mathematics Modules.

Satisfactory Pass (PX) / Unsatisfactory (NH) (HURDLE)

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4