Learning for Professional Practice 3 (9046.2)
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|Discipline Of Nursing||Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit|| Band 1 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 1 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Focusing on professional nursing caring, students use nursing inquiry and multiple theoretical perspectives to demonstrate safe and effective professional practice within a predefined scope of practice.
Learning for Professional Practice 3 requires students to participate in a formally organised health care clinical placement.
Learning outcomesUpon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate therapeutic and safe use of medications and proficiency in drug calculations;
2. Reflect on and evaluate personal learning practice when nursing caring for person, people, family and community;
3. Demonstrate nursing caring and inquiry associated with a predefined scope of practice consistent with contemporary evidence and national standards and guidelines; and
4. Demonstrate safe and effective professional nursing practice.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload
1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - take pride in their professional and personal integrity
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
2. UC graduates are global citizens - behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives
2. UC graduates are global citizens - communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings
2. UC graduates are global citizens - make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives
2. UC graduates are global citizens - think globally about issues in their profession
UC graduates will develop the attributes of inquisitive thought, conceptual understanding, initiative and leadership and be open to many perspectives. UC graduates will continue to learn and thrive in environments of complexity, ambiguity and change. To facilitate this unit, there is a strong focus on critical thinking, understanding and application of key concepts for best patient outcomes. The students will be guided through a host of different experiences in learning.
Prerequisites9042 Anatomy and Physiology for Nurses, 9045 Learning for Professional Practice 2, 9051 Nursing Inquiry AND 9054 Pharmacology for Nurses.
CorequisitesEnrolment in Bachelor of Nursing
Incompatible unitsRestrictions: This unit is not open to students who have passed 7432 Acute Care Adult
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Crisp, J., Taylor, C., Douglas, C., Rebeiro, J., (2017) Potter and Perry's fundamentals of Nursing 5th edition. Chatswood NSW, Elsevier.
If you have the 4th edition of this text book from LPP1 & LPP2 then page numbers may vary but the content will be similar, you are not required to purchase the fifth edition.
Essential electronic resource:
This resource needs to be purchased prior to the medication calculation assessment in week 2.
Med+Safe. Retrieved from: http://www.medsafe.com.au/
Please ensure you choose the "students only" option at a cost of $80 for a 3 year Licence to this resource.
Jarvis, C.(2016) Physical Examination and Health Assessment. 2nd Edition Chatswood NSW, Elsevier Australia
Levett-Jones, T.( Ed) (2013) Clinical reasoning: Learning to think like a nurse. Frenchs Forrest, NSW: Pearson Australia.
Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (2008). Code of ethics for Nurses in Australia. Melbourne, Vic: ANMC. Available
Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (2008). Code of professional conduct for Nurses in Australia. Melbourne, Vic: ANMC.
Available from: http://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/CodesGuidelinesStatements/
Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (2016). Registered Nurse standards for practice. Melbourne, Vic: ANMC. Available
University of Canberra, (2017). Bachelor of Nursing clinical placement resource manual for students 2017. Unpublished. Available
on the Bachelor of Nursing Clinical Placement Information Canvas site
University of Canberra, (2015). Faculty of Health work intergrated learning support guidelines. Unpublished. Available on
the Bachelor of Nursing Clinical Placement Information Canvas site
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
Deferment of examination
Any student who cannot make the allocated time must provide documentary evidence of illness or incapacity as per the UC Assessment policy and Examinations policy. Students must request a deferred OSCE by directly emailing the Unit convenor on or before the scheduled exam date with supporting documentation and extension form.
Extension Procedure - Nursing - 2018
Grounds for applying for an extension/deferral
The onus rests on students to comply with timelines for completing and submitting assessments, and this is part of the good management and performance skills we are seeking to develop in students through the educational process. Lecturers also have a responsibility to ensure equity and fairness to the majority of students who submit their assessments on time.
For these reasons, you need to establish genuine circumstances for an extension/deferral to be granted. You will need to supply documentary evidence to establish the genuine nature of your circumstances.
Please note: Extensions/deferrals of more than 7 days will not generally be granted unless there are extenuating circumstances. See * below.
Process for applying for an extension/deferral:
Students are advised to liaise directly with their Unit Convenor for requests for extension/deferrals. Requests for extension/deferral should be emailed to the Unit Convenor or approved delegate, although there may be circumstances where Inclusion & Engagement will liaise on behalf of the students.
Requests for extensions/deferrals should be on the attached Assignment Extension Application form and submitted at least 5 days prior to the submission date.
The Unit Convenor, or approved delegate will inform the student of the outcome of their request as per Faculty procedures. Where the Unit Convenor, or approved delegate does not approve the assignment extension/deferral request, the student may seek consultation with Inclusion & Engagement. If considered appropriate, Inclusion & Engagement will liaise with the relevant Academic staff member, following consultation with the student.
University of Canberra Assignment Extension Application Policy Form.
Moderation Information for Nursing Students 2018
Any OSCE examined as not meeting the requirements and results in a resist, will be examined with a moderator in the room for the resit.
On the resit attempt of the OSCE, should the student be deemed as not meeting the requirements and consequently failed the OSCE, will be provided opportunity to make a time with the assessors and unit convenor for feedback and course advice.
In the event the student wishes to appeal the decision after their second attempt at the OSCE, they are required to follow the Student Grievance Resolution Policy (link below)
- 2015 University Assessment Policy and Procedures. Moderation, Page (5)
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
This unit provides the clinical experiences required for graduates to meet the Registered Nurse Standards for Practice (2016) and the requirements for registration as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. Attendance at scheduled clinical placements and on-campus workshops is required to pass the Unit.
The workload during the clinical placement period is significant. Students must not schedule paid work on scheduled clinical days and when on block placements of one or more weeks, consider not undertaking paid work for that period to allow adequate rest and relaxation.
The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) has accredited the Bachelor of Nursing course, to enable registration as a Registered Nurse in Australia. The accreditation requirements include compulsory attendance on clinical placement. Therefore, attendance is mandatory at all scheduled workshops and compulsory for clinical placements.
Clinical Placement Requirements
Students are required to attend the placement for the duration of the rostered shift. There is a range of important learning opportunities available throughout the shift and students are expected to avail themselves of these opportunities. Permission to leave early will only be supported on medical grounds.
Once allocated to a clinical placement, students are expected to be available to attend that placement, in the allocated roster pattern. Clinical placement attendance on the rostered shifts is a requirement in the Learning for Professional Practice Units.
Students should not attend placement or workshops when they are unwell. The process for notification of clinical absence is found on the Bachelor of Nursing Clinical Placement Canvas site.
All notified absences will require make-up time. Make up time may not be provided in the original placement site. An additional orientation day may be required when make-up time is provided in a new setting.
Required IT skills
The Placement Office team coordinates placements, and information about placements using the InPlace information management system. All students will have access to InPlace once enrolled in the semester. Please note that correspondence about clinical placements, generated by the InPlace system, will be directed to students' university email address. Students are expected to check their university email accounts at least weekly.
Information on how to use the InPlace system is available on the Placement Office Canvas site
Transportation to and from clinical placement is a student responsibility. Students are expected to arrive at least 10 minutes before the scheduled shift start time. Consistently arriving late or leaving early will be considered unprofessional conduct.
Students are required to meet the costs associated with clinical placements, including accommodation costs placements outside Canberra. Scholarships to support students on placement are available from the Australian College of Nursing: http://rcna.org.au/wcm/.
Support plans may be initiated for students who require additional guidnace in meeting learning outcomes.
Work placement, internships or practicums
In order to meet the requirements of the Bachelor of Nursing degree, students must successfully complete the set number of clinical hours within a variety of clinical settings. The University of Canberra has developed relationships with a range of public and private health service providers to achieve this requirement.
Clinical placements are organised through the Placement Office and scheduled throughout the calendar year, including during class free periods.
Clinical placements will be as follows:
- LPP3: one 20 day block, spread over four consecutive weeks
The 2018 Clinical Placement Calendar on the Bachelor of Nursing Clinical Placement Canvas site outlines the dates for clinical blocks.
Once allocated to a clinical placement, students are expected to be available to attend that placement, in the allocated roster pattern. There are a range of important learning opportunities available throughout the shift and students are expected to avail themselves of these opportunities. Permission to leave early will only be supported on medical grounds.
Shifts can be:
- Morning shift – commonly starts between 6am and 9am
- Evening shift – commonly starts between 1pm and 3pm
- Night shift – commonly starts between 8pm and 11pm
Clinical placement attendance as set by the rostered shifts is a requirement in the Learning for Professional Practice and Integrated Nursing Practice units. Students can be rostered a maximum of one weekend per four week placement block and/or one public holiday.
For more information on Clinical Placement, please refer to the Bachelor of Nursing Clinical Placement Resource Manual for Students January 2018, located on the Bachelor of Nursing Clinical Placement Canvas site.
Students are required to comply at all times with the University of Canberra (Student Conduct) Rules (2017) in addition to the conduct requirements of the Health Facility.
The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) regulates the practice of nursing students who are enrolled in the course and undertaken practice-based learning. As with Registered Nurses, nursing students are required to adhere to the NMBA Code of Conduct for Nurses and Code of Ethics for Nurses:
All students must be aware of and adhere to the guidelines around the use of social media.
The NMBA have Codes, Guidelines and Statements, of which you need to access, understand, and practice by. Failure to comply with these standards may result in a fail grade.