Throughout the Bachelor of Nursing Science, Bachelor 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.
- Clinical placement opportunities
- Placement essentials (mandatory requirements)
- Required placement hours
- Connect Program (midwifery students)
- Midwifery Practice Experiences (midwifery students)
- Learning assessment
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.
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.
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).
Information about your mandatory requirements will be reinforced to you early in your first semester.
Required placement hours nursing
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.
Required placement hours midwifery
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.
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:
Tel: 0409 598 763
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.
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’s insurance policies.
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
For all other general student enquiries please contact Student Central.
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