Nursing and Midwifery - Clinical Placement

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Nursing and Midwifery - Clinical Placement

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Please note there are mandatory requirements you must complete before you are eligible for clinical placement. If you do not fulfill the mandatory requirements and upload evidence to your Sonia Online account, your clinical placement will be delayed.

Clinical placement

Throughout the Bachelor of Nursing ScienceBachelor of Nursing Science / Bachelor of Midwifery and Bachelor of Midwifery programs students must undertake a certain number of hours of work integrated learning / clinical placement, as specified by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council.

NOTE: Clinical Placements may involve shift work on any day of the week including weekends and public holidays. You will be expected to work the shifts that you are allocated. It is not possible to modify shift patterns to suit employment or other personal needs. Placement may prevent students to continue to work and this must be considered in their planning.

Clinical placement opportunities

The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine offers unique opportunities in nursing, midwifery and health with the planned opening of the Sunshine Coast University Public Hospital in 2017.

The School works closely with health partners to provide students with professionally relevant work integrated learning experiences for clinical courses.

The University of the Sunshine Coast uses three models of supervising for clinical courses. These differ according to the placement and are also dependent on the contractual arrangement with the placement providers. Some placements use a clinical facilitator and a RN/RM Buddy and some use preceptor.

Placements can be from Fraser Coast to Brisbane depending on availability. There are also opportunities for students interested in a rural or remote placements. Students are responsible for all travel and associated costs. Scholarships are often available.

Placement essentials (Mandatory requirements)

To be eligible to commence placement, students must complete the following Mandatory requirements

NOTE: Some of the mandatory requirements can take quite some time to organise and students are advised to commence working on obtaining their specific mandatories as soon as they have accepted their offer.

Your placement may be arranged either in a block (consecutive weeks) or may be an integrated placement (for example two days per week throughout the semester).

All of the mandatory requirements will need to be fulfilled and evidence uploaded to your Sonia Online account.

MANDATORY REQUIREMENT CRITICAL INFORMATION

Blue Card

When: Once enrolled
Cost: Nil
Time: Up to 6 weeks

You must submit this form in person to the Clinical Placement Office.

If you already have a Blue Card you must complete an Authority to Confirm form for USC. This is to be done at the Clinical Placement office. The Blue Card must remain current for the entire duration of your placement.

National Police Certificate

When: Once enrolled
Cost: Approx. $50
Time: Up to 6 weeks

Vaccination Preventable Diseases [VPD]

When: Commence now
Cost: Varies
Time: Up to 6 months

Provide documentary evidence of vaccination for the diseases measles, mumps, rubella, varicella and pertussis or documentary evidence they are not susceptible to these diseases.

First Aid Certificate and CPR Certificate

When: Once enrolled
Cost: Approx. $120
Time: Contact provider

QLD Health Student Orientation Checklist

In preparation for a Queensland Health placement, you must complete the Student Orientation Checklist prior to attending any Queensland Health site. You must also complete the Mandatory iLearn online modules.

QLD Health Student Deed Poll The Deed Poll is a legal agreement between the student and Queensland Health. Once you have read and agree to all of the terms within the agreement, you are required to sign and date the document and also have a witness sign and date the document
USC Student Placement Agreement Your Student Placement Agreement is an agreement between the student and University that covers confidentiality, code of conduct and is where you will record your personal details and emergency contacts.
Required placement hours

For successful completion of the Bachelor of Nursing Science, Bachelor of Nursing Science (GE), Bachelor of Nursing Science/Bachelor of Midwifery Program 800 nursing clinical placement hours must be completed.

For successful completion of the Bachelor of Nursing Science/Bachelor of Midwifery and the Bachelor of Midwifery programs, specific Midwifery Clinical Experiences must be undertaken; continuity of care (10); antenatal care (100); labour and birth care (30); complex care (40); postnatal care (100); neonatal care (20). To assist you in achieving these experiences there are 700 midwifery clinical placement hours in addition to the Connect Program.

Learning assessment

While on placement, assessment is an essential part of the education and evaluation process. It promotes learning, measures student progress and improves student performance. Assessment also provides an official record of students' learning achievements and provides access to other courses.

Assessment during clinical placement will be based on the Registered Nurse Standards for Practice or the Midwifery Competency Standards. The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine have adopted the ANSAT and AMSAT tools for clinical assessment.

Remuneration and insurance

No remuneration or payment is made by placement organisations to the students or to the University for hosting the student. Students undertaking an approved placement are covered by the University'sinsurancepolicies.

Connect Program (for Midwifery students)

All students enrolled in pre-registration midwifery programs are required by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) to engage in a specified number of continuity of care experiences as a key component of their supervised practice experiences. At USC this is referred to as the Connect Program.

Students are required to engage in a minimum of ten continuity of care experiences. Continuity of care is defined as the contact time students will spend with each woman, throughout their early pregnancy and up to four to six weeks after birth, under the supervision of a registered midwife or medical practitioner qualified in obstetrics.

The Connect Program enables students to experience continuity with individual women throughout pregnancy, labour, birth and the postnatal period, irrespective of the availability of midwifery continuity of care models.

Students are required to provide evidence of their engagement with each woman, which will be evaluated in a consistent, regular and ongoing manner as it is linked directly with their practicum courses.

Please contact the Connect Program Coordinator for further details:

Jessie Johnson-Cash
Tel: 0409 598 763
Email:jjohnson@usc.edu.au 

Contact us

Once you have enrolled, the Clinical Placement Office (CPO) can assist you in your preparations and requirements for clinical placement. The CPO is also responsible for allocating you to your placement areas.

Clinical Placement Administrator
School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine
Faculty of Science, Health, Education and Engineering

Sippy Downs Campus: H1.G.66
Tel: +61 7 5456 5005
Email: nursingplacements@usc.edu.au

For all other general student enquiries please contact Student Central.

For further nursing and midwifery course information visit:

Bachelor of Nursing Science
Bachelor of Nursing Science (Honours)
Bachelor of Nursing Science/Bachelor of Midwifery
Bachelor of Nursing Science: Graduate Entry
Bachelor of Midwifery

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