Course Title: Nuclear Medicine Practice 4

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Nuclear Medicine Practice 4

Credit Points: 12.00

Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

RADI1200

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

173H School of Health and Biomed

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2021

Course Coordinator: Suzanne McGavin & Dr Clare Smith

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7356 / +61 3 9925 7414

Course Coordinator Email: suzanne.mcgavin@rmit.edu.au / clare.smith@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 201.08.013 / 201.08.014


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required prior study (Pre-requisites)

Required concurrent study (Co-requisites)


Course Description

Experience in clinical departments is vital to developing clinical competence and this course is designed to build on the experience gained in Nuclear Medicine Practice 3 and further develop your clinical and interpersonal skills. Student will complete a Work Integrated Learning component in an accredited Nuclear Medicine environment. Continuing commitment to reflective practice will empower you to move towards autonomous learning. After completion of the course, you should be able to assist with a wide range of clinical procedures and have clear ideas about how to organise your clinical learning in relation to your development needs for future clinical courses.

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
  • Hand Hygiene certificate
  • First Aid Certificate
  • CPR Certificate
  • Manual Handing certificate
  • Cultural Safety certificate

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.

Students are responsible for any expenses associated to attending professional placement.  These costs may include, but are not limited to the following: uniform, police check application, first aid training, travel, accommodation and vaccinations.

If you have a long-term medical condition and/or disability you should contact the Program Manager or the Equitable Learning Services team for further advice. Students need to be able to meet the inherent requirements of the program.

Students must also be aware of their legal obligations under the AHPRA legislation. At any time prior to or during your placement if there are concerns raised related to your fitness to practice the Course/WIL coordinator can request that you gain full medical clearance to continue your placement. Further details on each of these are available on MyRMIT.

Placement Agreements:

Placement agreements between RMIT and the placement organisation are in place.  Any information required by students contained in the agreement is available on MyRMIT or InPlace. All WIL placements for Medical Radiations will be arranged by RMIT.

National Police check:

Students are required to apply for a National Police Record Check in each year that a placement is to be undertaken.  In some cases, students may be required to obtain an additional police check during the year where an organisation stipulates a shorter time period for the issue of the police check. 

Where a student has a disclosable outcome recorded on their police check certificate, the Clinical Coordinator or Med Rad WIL Coordinator will make contact with the relevant placement organisation to confirm eligibility to attend the placement.  It is important to note that a disclosable outcome may prevent a student from accessing suitable, or any, professional placement(s) and may therefore be delayed or prevented from satisfactorily progressing through the program.

Students are required to advise the School in a timely manner of any change to their criminal record during the academic year.  In the case of a change, students are required to apply for a new National Police Record Check if placements for that year are still to occur.

Working with Children Check:

A current Working with Children Card (WWCC) must be held by the student.  Students are required by law to list RMIT as an organisation with who you will be undertaking child related volunteer work.  Where a student receives a negative notice for their WWCC, the Clinical Coordinator or Med Rad WIL Coordinator will make contact with the relevant placement organisation to confirm eligibility to attend the placement.  A negative notice means you cannot engage in child-related work under any circumstance.  It is important to note that a negative notice may prevent a student from accessing suitable, or any, professional placement(s) and may therefore be delayed or prevented from satisfactorily progressing through the program.

Immunisation Declaration form:

Students are required to submit the School’s Immunisation Declaration Form as evidence of vaccinations and immunity.  This form must be completed and signed off by a medical practitioner.

Hand Hygiene:

Students are required to provide evidence of completion of a hand hygiene course.

First Aid Certificate:

Students are required to provide evidence of completion of a first aid course.  This is valid for three years.

CPR Certificate:

Students are required to provide evidence of completion of a CPR course.  This is required to be updated annually.

Cultural Safety Certificate:

Students are required to complete an online module outlined by RMIT regarding cultural safety and provide evidence of completion Manual Handling: Students are required to provide evidence of completion of a practical (people) Manual Handling course.

Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) monitor:

Students are required to wear a current OSL at all times during laboratories and in clinical placement.  OSLs are provided by the School.  Students whose OSL is returned late or lost will incur a fine.

Uniform:

Students are required to purchase and wear the uniform for Medical Radiations.  The uniform must be worn at all times whilst in the Skills Lab and on placement.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP321 Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Radiations) (aligned to the Accreditation Standards of the Medical Radiations Practice Board of Australia):

Standard 1

  • Apply knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology to practice (1.a)
  • Use clinical information management systems appropriately (1.b)
  • Understand and apply the different methods of imaging and treatment (1.c)

Standard 1B

  • Perform nuclear medicine examinations and therapies (1B.b)

Standard 2

  • Provide each patient/client with dignity and care (2.b)
  • Take responsibility and accountability for professional decisions (2.c)
  • Seek opportunities to progress the profession (2.e)

Standard 3

  • Communicate clearly, sensitively and effectively with the patient/client and their family or carers (3.a)
  • Collaborate with other health practitioners (3.b)

Standard 4

  • Resolve challenges through application of critical thinking and reflective practice (4.a)

Standard 5

  • Protect and enhance patient/client safety (5.b)


On successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate and manipulate nuclear medicine images and datasets utilising knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology.
  2. Communicate effectively and compassionately with patients, carers and healthcare professionals using appropriate terminology, radiation and cultural safety and applied theory to the standard of a Medical Radiations Practitioner to optimise patient care.
  3. Illustrate and critically reflect on your own practical proficiency, with reference to theoretical concepts in clinical nuclear medicine, PET, radionuclide therapy and radiopharmacy.
  4. Critically reflect on your role in the team, strengths and development needs and a range of key learning experiences.
  5. Develop logical action plans for future personal and professional development


Overview of Learning Activities

You will learn through a range of activities that include participation in problem-based learning activities, self-directed study, development of a reflective learning journal and participation in a clinical placement in an approved clinical department. This course is supported by RMIT's online Learning Management System (LMS).

This course requires you undertake a clinical placement.


Overview of Learning Resources

The main learning resource for the Nuclear Medicine Practice Courses is the clinical department where you will be exposed to a huge range of learning opportunities. You will undertake supervised clinical experience in an approved clinical department on a full-time basis. You will have the opportunity to participate in a range of clinical procedures to help you work towards competent clinical practice. You will also be encouraged to interact with patients in order to develop your interpersonal and patient care skills.

To really maximise the benefit of this environment you will be encouraged to develop independent and active learning strategies. You will be required to reflect on your progress and performance in the course as well as the rationale and outcomes of procedures. You should identify areas for development and develop strategies to address these with the aid of unit teaching staff where appropriate.

The course requires you to engage with your e-portfolio. You are required to document reflections relating to your key learning experiences during the clinical placement and submit these to the course co-ordinator via release of your e-portfolio.

A key aspect of the program is fostering a thriving learning community and for this course the building blocks for this utilise the Canvas discussion board tools. You will be expected to engage regularly with your peers and tutors and important learning will take place via online question and answer sessions.

The final approach to teaching and learning relates to assessment for learning. The course assessment tasks are designed to ensure maximum understanding of the content and it is important that you recognise the role of assessment in your learning. You should view the assessment tasks as part of your learning and ensure that you utilise the feedback to progress your learning and personal development.


Overview of Assessment

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).

Assessment Tasks

Hurdle: Clinical Placement

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3

Assessment Task 1: Professional Development Journal

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 2, 4 & 5

Assessment Task 2: Skills Assessment

Weighting 40%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 3 & 5

Assessment Task 3: Case study Assessment

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3