Clinical practice with Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine

Clinical placements provide you with important opportunities to learn through direct experience. During placement, you will put your professional role, knowledge and skills into practice in authentic nursing, midwifery and paramedicine contexts. You will engage with people from diverse backgrounds, including other health professionals you may work alongside in the future.



Opportunities

Our fieldwork partnerships offer challenging and rewarding learning experiences.


Future students

Please read the following essential requirements for fieldwork/clinical placement before you enrol in a course.

You do not need to meet these requirements before you enrol, but it’s important you understand your obligations so you can successfully complete the placement component of your course.

AHPRA – Nursing and Midwifery English Language Competency Requirements
All applicants, including internationally qualified applicants, who seek initial registration in Australia, must demonstrate that they have the necessary English language skills. View the Nursing and Midwifery English Language Skills Registration Standard to check that you have the English language skills to meet the requirements detailed in the registration standard.

Nursing Fieldwork requirements are the same for our Nursing, Registered Nurse Conversion (Non-Registration Nurse Stream), Enrolled Nurse to Registered Nurse Stream and Registered Nurse Conversion (Australian Registration Nurse Stream)

Fieldwork develops clinical care skills and provides the opportunity for students to provide nursing care across the lifespan, to a range of people from the stable to the critically unstable. Students commence fieldwork placements in their first year of full time study and continue throughout the course. Fieldwork placements vary from one week up to five weeks and provide the students with opportunity to link the theoretical knowledge to clinical practice.

Fieldwork placements can occur in a range of settings including:

  • Hospital-Medical, Surgical and Speciality areas
  • Aged Care
  • Paediatrics
  • Mental Health
  • Community
  • Royal Flying Doctors
  • SilverChain

Please refer to the following statements on the essential requirements for the fieldwork component of this course:

An official communication (OCC) will be sent to students with the deadline for all Health and Legal Checks.

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Graduate Diploma in Midwifery

The clinical placement is based on an 18 month ’student midwife’ contract from a maternity hospital from a public or private hospital within metropolitan or country Western Australia.

To complement theoretical learning, you will complete clinical practice in a maternity setting under the supervision of an experienced midwife. This clinical practice will be completed in an approved maternity setting. You will be employed as a student midwife on an 18 month contract and complete all your clinical practice throughout the various maternity areas within the one hospital.

Fieldwork placements can occur in a range of settings including:

  • Antenatal ward
  • Labour Ward
  • Postnatal Ward
  • Theatre,
  • Maternal and Fetal Assessment Unit
  • Special Care Nursery
  • Clinic

Please refer to the following statements on the essential requirements for the fieldwork component of this course:

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Paramedicine

Fieldwork is commenced in the first year of the paramedicine degree in the role of Event Health Services Volunteer with St John Ambulance Western Australia (SJAWA). Fieldwork provides students with the opportunity to work with qualified health care professionals including paramedics and gain skills relevant to the pre-hospital setting.

In the first year of the program students complete fieldwork with SJAWA Event First Aid Services as a volunteer as well as observational shifts in the SJAWA Communication Centre and/or Patient Transport. This requires first aid training and manual handling through Event First Aid Services with SJAWA.

Students who meet all employment conditions are employed by SJAWA at the end of the first year and complete fieldwork in the second and third year of the degree in the role of an Ambulance Officer. Students commence volunteering with St John Ambulance WA in semester 1 and need to meet the EHS requirements for volunteering prior to commencing. Paramedic clinical practice commences in the second semester and students need to complete all health and legal checks prior to the end of semester of the first year.

Please refer to the following statements on the essential requirements for the fieldwork component of this course:

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Current students

Read about your obligations as a current student and find links to useful resources.

Important information for current students

In the field, you will be representing yourself, your course or chosen profession, and Curtin University. You are expected to demonstrate professional attitudes and behaviour at all times.

As a student, you must satisfactorily complete all fieldwork activities, pass assessment requirements and demonstrate attributes associated with professional conduct. To facilitate this, you should refer to your unit outline, Blackboard and the fieldwork manual, and read the important information on essential fieldwork requirements.

All Faculty of Health Sciences’ students enrolled in a Clinical Practice unit are required under the Department of Health’s Clinical Practice Agreement to submit proof of the mandatory health and legal clearances. Health and Legal Checklist (updated July 2017) – this form may assist you in tracking completion of the requirements.

Email copies of all completed forms to the Clinical Support Office: clinical.nursingmidwifery@curtin.edu.au

Note: Curtin students undertaking approved work/field experience may be covered under the University’s Personal Accident Insurance Policy in the event of injuries sustained while involved in authorised activities.

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Tips for surviving your first year

Nursing

  • If you are having problems see your Unit Coordinator and/or your Year Leader before it affects your work – sooner is better than later, we are more than happy to help!
  • You will be allocated a student mentor, make contact with them – they can answer your questions.
  • Read your Unit Outlines.
  • Make sure you get your health and legal checks done by the appropriate date.
  • Manage your time well.
  • Plan when you will do your assessments.
  • Don’t leave work until the last minute – you lose marks if it is handed in late.
  • If you have a good reason and need an extension for an assignment, make sure you submit the request well in advance on the appropriate form which you will find on the Curtin website under Forms.
  • Know what a supplementary paper/exam is and the date that it takes place.
  • An OCC is an official communication (email) from the University and is important, please read them.
  • Use your student email account when corresponding with the University – other email addresses may be recognised as SPAM and be deleted.
  • Check your Curtin University student email often as Unit Coordinators will use this to contact you.
  • Read the announcements in your unit on Blackboard.

Midwifery

  • If you feel things are not going well contact your Unit Co-ordinator sooner rather than later. There is always a solution.
  • Share experiences with your fellow students – both good and bad – you will feel less alone. BUT don’t do it via Facebook or any Social Media.
  • Approach everything as an opportunity.
  • Don’t panic about your Portfolio – it is a learning document and it is OK not to get everything perfectly correct the first time.
  • Reflect … reflect … reflect …
  • Attend some of the professional activities that are promoted – study days, film nights, student forums ….
  • Keep “on top” of your clinical screening requirements for clinical practice.
  • Get to know your clinical tutors really well.
  • If you are given feedback you need to consider it. If you don’t understand it or agree with it – then come and see us.
  • Try to put the “numbers of things” out of your mind and enjoy the journey!!!!

Paramedicine

  • If you feel things are not going well contact your Unit Co-ordinator sooner rather than later. There is always a solution.
  • If it’s a course issue then speak to the Course Coordinator.
  • Activate and use your OASIS account and student email – it’s how the university keeps in contact with you.
  • An OCC is an official communication (email) from the University and is important, please read them as you will not necessarily receive a copy by post.
  • Your Unit Coordinator will use announcements on the relevant Blackboard site to make general communications about units of study so review these regularly.
  • Keep your contact details up to date.
  • Read and understand your Unit Outlines.
  • Look at when assignments and work is due, plan your time.
  • Don’t leave work until the last minute – you lose marks if it is handed in late.
  • Remember a university education is about more than just getting vocational training, take opportunities to experience university life.

Financial support and scholarships

AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT SCHOLARSHIPS

Administered by the AUSTRALIAN COLLEGE OF NURSING (ACN)

Visit the ACN website for information on the following schemes which are available for nurses and nursing students in Australia:

  • Aged Care Nursing Scholarships
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Health Scholarships
  • Nursing and Allied Health Scholarships and Support Schemes
  • Emergency Department Scholarships

GOVERNMENT OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH NURSING AND MIDWIFERY OFFICE

The Nursing and Midwifery Office website provides detailed information on the following:

  • Initial Registration Scholarships
  • Postgraduate Registration Scholarships
  • Fellowships

AUSTRALIAN COLLEGE OF MIDWIVES – AUSTRALIAN MIDWIFERY SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION (AMSF)

The AMSF provides scholarships for Registered Midwives. Visit the ACM website for information on assistance available to members.

AUSTRALIAN DIABETES EDUCATORS ASSOCIATION

Postgraduate Scholarship information is available on the ADEA website. Please note that access to the Awards and Scholarships web page requires a member login.

AUSTRALIAN COLLABORATIVE EDUCATION NETWORK (ACEN)

The ACEN Student Scholarship aims to assist students undertaking a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) activity in a regional or remote area of Australia as part of their undergraduate or postgraduate education. The scholarships are open to final year students. View the ACEN Student Scholarships web page for information on eligibility, requirements and application.

CARBURY SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship is offered in memory of Mr and Mrs EWD Carbury and $500 is awarded annually to a student in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine at Curtin University on a needs basis rather than for academic achievement. Selection will take into consideration the applicant’s family circumstances and need for financial assistance. Applications should be submitted to the Associate Director, Undergraduate Studies by 30 May each year on the relevant application form.

Students are required to be enrolled in the Bachelor of Science (Nursing) course (i.e. Enrolled Nurse Pathway as well as Pre-registration students).

CURTIN UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIPS INFORMATION

Visit the Curtin Scholarships webpage for information on scholarships available for Australian and International students.

WESTERN AUSTRALIAN CENTRE FOR RURAL HEALTH (WACRH)

Modest funding is available for Undergraduate students. Please visit the WACRH website for details.

SERVICES FOR AUSTRALIAN RURAL AND REMOTE ALLIED HEALTH (SARRAH)

Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship and Support Scheme: Postgraduate, Undergraduate and Clinical Placement Scholarships. Visit the Scholarships & Programs tab on the SARRAH website for further information.

OPERATING ROOM NURSES’ ASSOCIATION OF WA (Inc) (ORNAWA)

ORNAWA’s Education tab provides information about grants and scholarships.

ACLS Scholarship for Healthcare Providers

2017 Essay Contest – $1,000 Scholarship – Closing Date 20 August 2017.
Visit Pacific Medical Training’s website for eligibility requirements, conditions and submission process.

AHPRA Graduate registration information

AHPRA – Graduate Online Registration

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) has smoothed the path from study to the workforce for new graduates by providing an online early registration application service. For further information and to apply online, visit AHPRA’s website