Course Title: Transitioning to Nuclear Medicine Clinical Practice

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Transitioning to Nuclear Medicine Clinical Practice

Credit Points: 48.00


Course Coordinator: Giulia Mccorkell

Course Coordinator Phone: .

Course Coordinator Email: giulia.mccorkell2@rmit.edu.au


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None.


Course Description

Experience in clinical departments is vital to developing clinical competence and this course is a WIL course designed to build on the experience gained in Supervised Clinical Practice to further develop your clinical and interpersonal skills. Continuing commitment to reflective practice will empower you to move towards autonomous learning.

After completion of this course you should be able to demonstrate the performance of the full range of clinical procedures, and all MRPBA capabilities, as an independent nuclear medicine technologist within your scope of practice, and organise your clinical learning in relation to your future personal and professional development. The course is the final clinical course in the program, where both academic and clinical learning will be consolidated.


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

  • Use clinical information management systems appropriately (1.b)
  • Understand and apply the different methods of imaging and treatment (1.c)
  • Confirm the procedure according to clinical indicators (1.d)
  • Assess the patient’s/client’s capacity to receive care (1.e)
  • Deliver patient/client care (1.g)
  • Apply knowledge of safe and effective use of medicines (1.h)

Standard 1B

  • Prepare and assess the purity of radiopharmaceuticals (1B.a)
  • Perform nuclear medicine examinations and therapies (1B.b)
  • Perform in vivo and in vitro laboratory procedures when necessary (1B.c) ^
  • Perform computed tomography (CT) imaging (1B.d) ^

Standard 2

  • Practise in an ethical and professional manner, consistent with relevant legislation and regulatory requirements (2.a)
  • Provide each patient/client with dignity and care (2.b)
  • Take responsibility and accountability for professional decisions (2.c)
  • Advocate on behalf of the patient/client when appropriate (2.d)
  • 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)

Standard 4

  • Resolve challenges through application of critical thinking and reflective practice (4.a)
  • Identify ongoing professional learning needs and opportunities (4.b)

Standard 5

  • Perform and provide safe radiation practice (5.a)
  • Protect and enhance patient/client safety (5.b)
  • Implement quality assurance processes imaging or treating patients/clients (5.c)


^ Due to factors outside of RMIT’s control that impact placement availability from time to time, one or more of the required imaging modalities and techniques (MRI, CT, ultrasound, preparation and assessment of radiopharmaceutical purity, performing in-vivo and in-vitro laboratory procedures) required to meet the MRPBA professional capabilities, and normally completed as part of the capstone courses (RADI1216 Nuclear Medicine Supervised Clinical Practice & RADI1213 Transitioning to Nuclear Medicine Clinical Practice), may be undertaken in earlier clinical placements. Evidence of any competencies completed during earlier placements will need to be submitted as part of the assessment for these capstone courses to satisfy program completion requirements.



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

  1.  Perform a wide range of routine diagnostic and treatment procedures as an independent nuclear medicine technologist and assist with specialised/advanced procedures.
  2. Analyse and critically evaluate a wide range of Images produced by various studies.
  3. Perform a wide range of cold and hot laboratory procedures including the reconstitution of radiopharmaceuticals, elution of the Technetium generator and the various forms of quality control required by each of the tracers produced in the laboratory.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge in the biodistribution of radiopharmaceuticals and recognise altered distribution of the tracer.
  5. Demonstrate consistently high standards of professional behaviour and high-level interpersonal and patient care skills, to meet the requirements of a medical radiations practitioner.
  6. Critically reflect on a wide range of key learning experiences, as well as your personal and professional development throughout the program.
  7. Develop a meaningful and effective action plan 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).


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 range of learning opportunities. You will undertake supervised clinical experience over a period of weeks per semester in an approved clinical department on a full-time basis. You will participate actively in a range of clinical procedures to help develop competence in supervised clinical practice and you will also interact with patients in order to develop your interpersonal and patient care skills. You will be required to reflect on your progress and performance in the course as well as identifying key learning opportunities and relating these to your development needs. You will be required to demonstrate that you meet all MRPBA capabilities by the end of this placement.

This course requires you to engage with the Canvas learning environment in order to share experience with your peers and demonstrate learning. Specific learning materials including suggested readings, links to relevant internet sites and other electronic resources will be located on Canvas. You may be required to complete regular online tests via Canvas and, where possible, use Canvas to submit your written assessments.

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

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 persona

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


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

Assessment Task 1: WIL Placement (HURDLE Requirement)

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This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

You are required to demonstrate clinical skill and patient safety congruent to the level of a beginning medical radiations practitioner. If you are deemed unsatisfactory at the interim assessment, remedial action using an at-risk learning contract will be undertaken before being allowed to continue the placement. If you are deemed unsatisfactory at the final assessment you will then be required to undertake a simulation assessment. If your performance in the simulation assessment demonstrates an unsatisfactory/unsafe level of practice you receive an ‘NH’ fail grade for this course and be required to re-enrol in the course in the following year. If your performance in the simulation assessment demonstrates a satisfactory level and safe practice you will be offered an additional clinical placement as determined by the clinical coordinator.

Assessment Task 2: MRPBA Capability portfolio

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This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

Assessment Task 3: WIL Viva Voce

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This assessment task supports CLOs 6 & 7