Learning for Professional Practice 5 (9047.3)
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|Discipline Of Nursing||Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced 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 5 requires students to participate in a formally organised health care clinical placement.
PLEASE NOTE: The Summer Semester offering of this unit is only available for students who commenced in Semester 2 and are undertaking the 1 year articulation program. Offering this unit in Summer is essential to meet pre-requisite requirements for University of Canberra course compliance and Australian Nursing & Midwifery Accreditation Council requirements.
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Critically reflect on and evaluate personal learning practice when nursing caring for person, people, family and community;
2. Demonstrate complex nursing caring and inquiry associated with a predefined scope of practice consistent with contemporary evidence and national standards and guidelines;
3. Critique professional practices which influence nursing caring; and
4. Demonstrate safe and effective professional nursing practice.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
1. 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 - take pride in their professional and personal integrity
1. UC graduates are professional - work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict
2. UC graduates are global citizens - adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries
2. UC graduates are global citizens - behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives
2. UC graduates are global citizens - make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives
2. UC graduates are global citizens - understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - be self-aware
2. UC graduates are global citizens - communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development
2. UC graduates are global citizens - think globally about issues in their profession
UC graduates are professional. Because we collaborate closely with industry and other stakeholders, our graduates have the knowledge, skills and attitudes to succeed in their profession and become leaders in their field.
UC graduates are global citizens. We support students to gain the knowledge and confidence to be global citizens
UC graduates are lifelong learners. Our graduates are passionate about being at the forefront of their profession, staying in touch with the latest research, news and technology.
Prerequisites9051 Nursing Inquiry, and 9061 Learning for Professional Practice 4.
Corequisites9048, Nursing Caring and Inquiry: Complexity AND Must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing.
Unit Convenor approval is required to undertake this unit in summer Semester. Students wishing to enrol 9047 need to complete a self-enrolment via MyUC and submit a waiver request. The Summer Semester offering of this Unit is ONLY available for students who commenced in Semester 2 and are undertaking the 1 year articulation program.
Incompatible units8049 Complex care of the older person.
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Crisp, J., Taylor, C., Douglas, C., & Rebeiro, G. (Eds). (2013). Potter and Perry's Fundamentals of Nursing (4th ed). Chatswood, NSW: Elsevier Australia. Library call number: RT41.P68 2013 available on short loan.
Crisp, J., Douglas, C., Rebeiro, G., & Waters, D. (Eds). (2017). Potter and Perry's Fundamentals of Nursing (5th ed). Chatswood, NSW: Elsevier Australia. Library call number:
RT41.P68 2017 available on short loan.
Prescribed electronic resource (maths, medication calculations and medication rights):
Med+Safe. Retrieved December 11, 2017, from http://www.medsafe.com.au/
(Med+Safe is an essential resource and MUST be purchased in order to satisfy the assessment item 'Medication Calculation Mastery Test'. Med+Safe must be purchased online at www.medsafe.com.au)
Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (2016). Registered Nurse standards for practice. Melbourne, Vic: ANMC. Available from: http://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/Codes-Guidelines-Statements/Professional-standards/registered-nurse-standards-for-practice.aspx
Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (2008). Code of ethics for Nurses in Australia. Melbourne, Vic: ANMC. Available from: http://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/Codes-Guidelines-Statements/Professional-standards.aspx
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/Codes-Guidelines-Statements/Professional-standards.aspx
University of Canberra, (2018). Bachelor of Nursing clinical placement resource manual for students. Unpublished. Available on the Bachelor of Nursing Clinical Placement Information Canvas site.
University of Canberra, (2018). Bachelor of Nursing Clinical Placement Assessment Booklet Learning for Professional Practice 5. Available on the Bachelor of Nursing Clinical Placement Information Canvas site.
University of Canberra, (2015). Faculty of Health work integrated learning support guidelines. Unpublished. Available on the LPP5 Canvas site.
Brown, D., Edwards, H., Seaton, L. & Buckley, T. (Eds). (2015) Lewis's medical-surgical nursing: Assessment and management of clinical problems (4th ed). Chatswood, Elsevier Australia. Library call number: RT41.L48 2015.
Jarvis C. (2016). Physical Examination and health assessment. 2e. Chatswood NSW, Elsevier Australia. Library call number: RC76.J371 2016 available on short loan.
McKenna, L. & Lim, A. (2014). McKenna's Pharmacology for nursing and health professionals (2nd ed.). North Ryde, NSW: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins. Library call number: RM300.P53 2014 available on short loan.
Perrin,R. (2015). Pocket guide to APA Style 5e. Wadsworth Cengage Learning.Library call number: BF76.7.P47 2015 available on short loan.
Pre-Lab Readings (available in Canvas Modules)
Students are encouraged to read widely about clinical matters during clinical placement and to select articles from peer-reviewed journals to plan and evaluate the nursing care that is delivered.
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
Deferment of examination
Any student who cannot make the allocated exam time, including OSCE, must provide documentary evidence of illness or incapacity as per the UC Examination policy. Students should request a deferred OSCE by directly emailing the Unit Convener on or before the scheduled exam date with supporting documentation and extension form. Requests for deferred exams must be lodged directly to the Unit Convener within three days of the examination as per UC Examination policy Deferred Exams.
Extension Procedure - Nursing - 2018
Grounds for applying for an extension
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 enure 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 to be granted. You will need to supply documentary evidence to establish the genuine nature of your circumstances.
Please note: Extensions of more than 7 days will not generally be granted unless there are extenuating circumstances. See * below.
Process for applying for an extension:
Students are advised to liaise directly with their Unit Convenor for requests for extension. Requests for extension should be emailed to the Unit Convenor or approved delegate, although there may be circumstances where Inclusion & Welfare will liaise on behalf of the student.
Requests for extensions 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 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.
All units undergo internal moderation procedures to review assessments, content, learning outcomes and structure. Moderation of assessment involves academic peer review of set assessment items within units. Clinical assessments may undergo the process of moderation whereby assessments in the clinical and simulation context may result in a fail grade for the unit. These moderations may include academic review, clinical liaison consultation, team-based moderation or collaboration regarding assessment performance.
Special assessment requirements
Inclusion & Engagement Assignment Extension Requests:
Students registered with Inclusion & Engagement who are seeking an assignment extension up to 7 days, inclusive of weekends and public holidays, should apply in accordance with the procedures documented in the relevant Unit Outline.
The student is required to inform the Unit Convener, or approved delegate, they are registered with Inclusion & Engagement, and attach their Reasonable Adjustment Plan to the extension request. No additional documentary evidence is required for extensions up to 7 days for students registered with Inclusion & Engagement for assignment extensions as medical documentation is managed through Inclusion & Engagement.
The Unit Convener, or approved delegate, will inform the student the outcome of their request as per Faculty procedures. Where the Unit Convener, or approved delegate, does not approve the assignment extension 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.
Students are advised to liaise directly with their Unit Convener, or approved delegate, although there may be circumstances where Inclusion & Engagement will liaise on behalf of the student.
Inclusion and Engagement Assignment Extension Requests Beyond 7 Days
For requests beyond 7 days, Unit Conveners should expect to receive a Letter of Recommendation from the student with their request for the extension.
Students registered with Inclusion & Engagement who require an assignment extension beyond 7 days are required to schedule an appointment with Inclusion & Engagement prior to the submission date. During the consultation, the Inclusion Advisor will review the request for extension in consultation with the student. Students are required to provide additional medical documentation to support an extension request beyond 7 days.
If Inclusion & Engagement supports the request, the student will be provided with a Letter of Recommendation with a requested alternate submission date.
- 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.
In order to get the most out of your studies, it is strongly recommended that you plan your time commitments, actively engage in class discussions (online or face-to-face) and work with your peers as part of your study. The amount of time you will need to spend on study in this unit will depend on a number of factors including your prior knowledge, learning skill level and learning style. Nevertheless, in planning your time commitments you should note that for a 3 credit point unit the total notional workload over the semester or term is assumed to be 150 hours. The total workload for units of different credit point value should vary proportionally. For example, for a 6 credit point unit the total notional workload over a semester or term is assumed to be 300 hours.
This unit provides the clinical experiences required for graduates to meet the ANMAC Competency Standards (2012) and the requirements for registration as a nurse with the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Board. 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 should not schedule paid work on scheduled clinical days. When on block placements of one or more weeks, do not undertake paid work to allow for adequate rest and relaxation.
In order for UC graduates to be eligible for registration as a nurse in Australia, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) has accredited the Bachelor of Nursing course. 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.
This can be:
- Morning shift – starts between 6am and 9am
- Evening shift – starts between 1pm and 3pm
- Night duty - commonly starts 8pm and 11pm
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 within the Clinical Placement Resource Manual for Students avaliable on the Bachelor of Nursing 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 Web site: http://www.canberra.edu.au/current-students/canberra-students/work-integrated-learning/prepare-current-students/Health
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 is considered to be 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/.
Work placement, internships or practicums
Work placements, internships or practicums
Pre-clinical placement requirements for students in 2018 include:
- National Criminal Record Check (AFP)
- Immunisations up to date
- Tuberculosis screening
It is a requirement that students upload all pre-placement requirements to InPlace.
All students allocated a NSW Health placement will need to have their documents assessed as compliant by NSW Health personnel before undertaking a NSW Health placement. To do this, students are required to complete NSW Health specific documentation. Please visit the Placement Office Website for further information on the process for NSW Health compliance:
Students allocated to NSW Health who do not undertake the compliance requirements will not be provided with an alternative placement and will be advised to withdraw from the Learning for Professional Practice unit.
The Placement Office will contact students who are currently not compliant with the NSW Health requirements. Please contact the Placement Office with specific compliance questions.
Students are required to comply at all times with the UC Student Charter (2010) in addition to the conduct requirements of the Health Facility.
The Student Charter (2010) and Student Conduct Rules are found at: http://www.canberra.edu.au/current-students/canberra-students/conduct
The Australian Nursing & Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) has approved the Bachelor of Nursing course at the University of Canberra. In addition, 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 of Nurses.
Key points to note regarding professional conduct while on clinical placement:
- Be respectful, courteous and professional all times to colleagues, clients, Health Facility staff, UC academic staff, administrative staff, Clinical Placement Office staff, patients, and the public;
- Follow the policies and procedures of the Health Facility - if doubt exists, consult with the Clinical Liaison Nurse or preceptor for the purpose of interpretation of the health policies and procedures;
- Obtain an orientation to emergency and evacuation procedures on the first day of practice experience;
- Practice under the supervision of clinical staff – this includes reporting to a designated staff member at least twice daily on your activities;
- Be fit for undertaking clinical practice, including maintaining own health, ensuring adequate rest and eating breakfast before attending the morning shift;
- Practice within competence and Scope of Practice as a student nurse;
- Be proactive in seeking out learning opportunities;
- Be punctual arriving for an allocated shift at least 10 minutes prior to its commencement and returning from meal breaks on time;
- Wear the UC uniform and the UC name badge above the waist in a location easily visible unless otherwise specifically directed by the Health Facility staff;
- Maintain confidentiality of peers, colleagues and client information at all times;
- Maintain accurate, comprehensive, objective records of nursing care given as required by the health agency;
- Inform the nurse responsible for client care in the area when leaving the area;
- Use equipment and supplies for client care in accordance with their defined purpose and the rules and regulations of the health agency
- Respect the Mission Statement of the Health Facility;
- Report any malfunction or breakage of equipment to the Registered Nurse responsible for client care in the area;
- Facilitate physical and cultural safety; and
- Ensure that external work commitments do not conflict with any placements.
All students must be aware of the guidelines around the use of social media.
The NMBA have Codes, Guidelines and Statements, of which you need to be aware. Failure to comply with these standards may result in a fail grade.
In addition, our peak professional body, the Australian College of Nursing (CAN), provides guidelines for clinical practice, including behaviour related to social media.