CQUniversity Unit Profile
PMSC13002 Clinical Paramedic Practice 2
Clinical Paramedic Practice 2
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General Information

Overview

This unit is the second of three work-integrated learning units within the Bachelor of Paramedic Science Course. The unit requires you to apply clinical knowledge and skills at an intermediate level in the acute prehospital care environment. You will complete a total of four weeks of clinical placement with an approved ambulance service, spending two weeks each at rural and urban ambulance stations. With CQUniversity, you have unique access to rural clinical placement locations across all regions of Queensland, from the south-west outback up to Mornington Island in the far north. Rural and remote area paramedics in these regions perform an expanded role within the healthcare system that is typically broader than that of urban paramedics, and you will experience and directly compare the operational and clinical practices of paramedics in your geographically diverse placement areas.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 3
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre requisites: PMSC12002 Clinical Paramedic Practice 1PMSC12003 Special Populations in Paramedic PracticePMSC12005 Paramedic Medical Emergencies 2 Please note: Any student who has within the last 12 months NOT attended either a PMSC unit residential school, OR a PMSC clinical placement unit, MUST contact the Unit Coordinator to arrange repeat attendance of PMSC12001 Procedures & Skills residential school only PRIOR to undertaking any clinical placement.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 1 - 2021

Mixed Mode

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Professional Practice Placement
Weighting: Pass/Fail
2. Presentation
Weighting: Pass/Fail

Assessment Grading

This is a pass/fail (non-graded) unit. To pass the unit, you must pass all of the individual assessment tasks shown in the table above.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Have Your Say

Feedback

Some students did not enjoy the rural clinical placement and felt that it was costly to them with little overall benefit to their practices and expectations.

Recommendation

It is vital that students see and experience the differences in healthcare and out of hospital care in a variety of locations including rural locations; however as this feedback continues to be highlighted each year a review of the rural component of the clinical placement will be conducted before the next offering.

Feedback from Have Your Say & Student Emails

Feedback

Students would like to be placed closer to their home to minimise the expense of clinical placement

Recommendation

Due to the nature of this work-integrated learning unit, it is not possible to place all student in their home locations as our industry placement providers have limited placements available. New students who are enrolled in the Bachelor of Paramedic Science Course will be briefed on clinical placement locations in their first year.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate clinical reasoning and practical skills within the acute prehospital care setting
  2. While examining the expanded paramedic role within the public health system, compare and contrast paramedic practice in urban and rural locations with a focus on best practice in culturally sensitive prehospital care.

N/A

Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2
1 - Professional Practice Placement - 0%
2 - Presentation - 0%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Professional Practice Placement - 0%
2 - Presentation - 0%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: American Psychological Association 7th Edition (APA 7th edition)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Rosie Mceachern Unit Coordinator
r.mceachern@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 - Clinical Placement Preparation Begin Date: 08 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

This week we cover all necessary information on your two clinical placement rotations, including assessment tasks, paperwork, and support systems.

We also focus on student and academic integrity.

Chapter

Read the Clinical Placement Guide prior to the commencement of placement, and ensure familiarisation with assessment tasks and paperwork.

Read the information on cultural awareness.

Read the Code of Conduct and the Social Media Policy.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 - Rural Prehospital Care & Cultural Awareness Begin Date: 15 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

Orientation to rural prehospital care, and introduction to Indigenous health considerations and cultural awareness.

Chapter

Read the information on cultural awareness.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Before leaving for Rotation One, complete your Pre-Placement Self-Assessment and ensure all paperwork is printed and ready to go.

Week 3 - Clinical Placement Week One / Rotation One Begin Date: 22 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

First week of Rotation One.

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Sit down with your mentors to discuss your learning goals and strong & week performance areas. You will also need to orient yourself to the station and to the local work area.

Week 4 - Clinical Placement Week Two / Rotation One Begin Date: 29 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

Final week of Rotation One.

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Ensure your Mentors have signed your PAPERs prior to departure.

Week 5 - Clinical Placement Break Week Begin Date: 05 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

Clinical Placement Break Week

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Ensure documents for Rotation One are finalized, and that your documents for Rotation Two are prepared.

Vacation Week - Clinical Placement Week One / Rotation Two Begin Date: 12 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

First week of Rotation Two.

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Sit down with your mentors to discuss your learning goals and strong & week performance areas. You will also need to orient yourself to the station and to the local work area.

Week 6 - Clinical Placement Week Two / Rotation Two Begin Date: 19 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

Final week of Rotation Two.

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Ensure your Mentors have signed your PAPERs prior to departure.

Week 7 - Post-placement Review Begin Date: 26 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

Ensure completion of PAPERs for submission on Friday.

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Placement Attendance and Performance Evaluation Reports (PAPERs) Due: Week 7 Friday (30 Apr 2021) 11:59 pm AEST
Week 8 Begin Date: 03 May 2021

Module/Topic

Work on your Presentation task.

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 Begin Date: 10 May 2021

Module/Topic

Continue working on your Presentation task.

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 10 Begin Date: 17 May 2021

Module/Topic

Ensure completion of Presention for submission on Friday.

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Grand Rounds Presentation Due: Week 10 Friday (21 May 2021) 11:59 pm AEST
Week 11 Begin Date: 24 May 2021

Module/Topic

No further tasks.

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 Begin Date: 31 May 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Term Specific Information

Due to COVID-19 restriction and reduced accessibility to clinical placement, the placement dates specified for this unit are flexible and may be altered to meet Industry availability. This is an outcome focused placement, delivered in line with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) accreditation standards. AHRPA accreditation standards support flexible approaches to clinical education with a focus on achievement of learning outcomes. Therefore this unit will not be contingent on an hours-based model, with Industry clinical placement delivery being projected at between three (3) and five (5) weeks in duration.

Assessment Tasks

1 Professional Practice Placement

Assessment Title
Placement Attendance and Performance Evaluation Reports (PAPERs)

Task Description

During your second clinical placement, you will continue to develop your clinical skills and knowledge in the prehospital environment, transitioning to an intermediate level of practice under the support and guidance of your supervising paramedic crew. A major aspect of your continued development is mentor feedback, providing you with independent commentary on your current clinical performance from the point of view of industry colleagues. The Placement Attendance & Performance Evaluation Reports (PAPERs) capture supervisor feedback on performance and attendance in written format for assessment.

This assessment task guides you and your crew through a review process designed to promote self-assessment on your part, and to prompt the most practical and useful type of feedback from mentors. You will complete these reports together with your supervising paramedic(s) so that you can discuss the feedback and grade choices. Your mentors or your OIC are also required to complete details of shift attendance and professional conduct for the purpose of academic verification.

It is important to note that these documents are not solely to confirm your completion of course requirements; they are equally valuable as evidence logs of your professionalism, conduct, and clinical performance that will support your future employment applications. For these reasons they are arguably the most valuable documents from your clinical placement, and it is imperative that you are diligent in completing them with your mentors as instructed.


Assessment Due Date

Week 7 Friday (30 Apr 2021) 11:59 pm AEST

PAPERs are due at midnight on the first Friday following end of placement.


Return Date to Students

Week 10 Friday (21 May 2021)

Assessments are returned within three weeks of submission date.


Weighting
Pass/Fail

Assessment Criteria

Whilst attending placement you will provide a copy of the Student Information Sheet to all mentors that you work with. This sheet provides information on appropriate performance expectations, the goals of this placement phase, and on the performance review process. Appropriate feedback and grading from your mentor depends upon their access to this information, and it also provides University contact details in the event of emergencies or problems, so please ensure that you follow this simple request.

Your submission must meet the following criteria to pass this assessment task:

  • You must attend all scheduled shifts for both placement rotations. Minimum placement hours apply.
  • You will complete one PAPER for Rotation One, and another PAPER for Rotation Two.
  • You will submit both PAPERs together on the first Friday following completion of your final placement rotation.
  • All fields must be completed in full according to directions on the Information Sheet at the front of the document.
  • Your shift attendance log must be verified as true and correct by either one of your mentors or your station OIC.
  • Notify the placement host by phone asap of any unplanned absenteeism; next complete the Absenteeism Notification form in Moodle and notify the Course Coordinator via email. Absences must be logged on the shift log, and arrangements made to complete missed hours.
  • Minimum expectations of clinical performance and professional conduct grades are detailed within the submission checklist on the back of each PAPER.
  • Direct reports from industry of student misconduct, or of significant concerns regarding clinical performance, are investigated fully and may impact successful completion of this assessment task.
  • Direct industry reports can delay return of PAPERs due to the time delay incurred in gaining reports from shift-working paramedics and OICs, and subsequent investigations.
  • Please scan all pages of your PAPERs, and compile into ONE SINGLE PDF file for submission via Moodle.

Further information and examples of completed documentation are provided on Moodle. Attendance and mentor reports are subject to random validity checks with placement hosts.


Professional conduct:

Your professional conduct during clinical placement is subject to evaluation. Significant penalties, ranging from course failure to program expulsion, exist for students whose conduct and/or actions breach University policies and/or those of the industry placement host. Direct lines of communication exist between placement hosts and the University, and all complaints or concerns raised by industry representatives will be fully investigated. In such circumstances both student and industry perspectives are sought.

Please review the policies and rubrics for this assessment task prior to placement; these are available on the Moodle assessment page.

You must submit and pass this assessment to pass the course. This is a pass/fail assessment.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Please upload your submission into Moodle. If you have issues submitting your document please ensure that it is saved as PDF format. Notify the Lecturer if you still have problems, but please DO NOT attach the document file to your email!

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Demonstrate clinical reasoning and practical skills within the acute prehospital care setting


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Team Work
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice

2 Presentation

Assessment Title
Grand Rounds Presentation

Task Description

For this assessment task you are required to submit a multi-media presentation. This presentation will be dedicated to a patient that you attended while on your clinical placement. You must use a case for which you were Patient Care Officer, you cannot use a case where you were an observer or second officer. You may utilise any media for your presentation, such as voice over PowerPoint, Prezi, or YouTube, however, it must contain both verbal and written elements.

Your grand rounds presentation must detail the following elements:

  • Chief complaint and history of present illness
  • Past Medical History including allergies, medications and social history
  • Patient assessment and physical exam findings
  • Impression, differential diagnosis and then main diagnosis
  • Pathophysiology, manifestations of your working diagnosis
  • Epidemiology of the condition
  • Treatments and management plan and how those affected your patient
  • Any difficulties with this case
  • Reflect on the management provided to this patient.
  • How would your management change if you were in a different environment i.e rural/urban.
  • Patient Prognosis
  • References in APA style.


Assessment Due Date

Week 10 Friday (21 May 2021) 11:59 pm AEST

Due the fourth Friday after completion of placement.


Return Date to Students

Review/Exam Week Friday (11 June 2021)

Returned within three weeks of submission.


Weighting
Pass/Fail

Assessment Criteria

The presentation will be assessed in accordance with the rubric and information provided on the unit’s Moodle page. The following criteria are key points to be included:

  • A recorded narration is required
  • The presentation must address each of the main topic tasks as detailed in the task description
  • Avoid superficial points or comments
  • As this is a presentation, you should include images where appropriate, but these must be referenced in APA style
  • Patient confidentiality must be maintained at all times
  • The presentation has no specified length in regards to the number of slides used, but the recorded presentation should be a minimum of 5 minutes and no longer than 7 minutes in duration
  • All citations and references must be formatted in APA style
  • This is a pass/fail assessment.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Submission through Moodle.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • While examining the expanded paramedic role within the public health system, compare and contrast paramedic practice in urban and rural locations with a focus on best practice in culturally sensitive prehospital care.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice

Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

Where can I get assistance?

For academic advice and guidance, the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) can support you in becoming confident in completing assessments with integrity and of high standard.

What can you do to act with integrity?