NURS12164 - Professional Experience Placement 3

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit, you will have the opportunity to practice nursing care in the community or rehabilitative environment. You will apply the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) Registered Nurse Standards for Practice (2016). You will continue to explore the importance of the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards (2017) to all nursing practice in Australia and use the Patient Safety Competency Framework (PSCF) (Levett-Jones et al., 2017) in your practice as a nursing student. You will be expected to identify risk and recognise and respond appropriately to the deteriorating patient in the simulated and clinical environment. You will work within your scope of practice using the Decision-Making Framework (DMF) (NMBA, 2020). You are required to participate in a compulsory three (3) day residential school prior to attending professional experience placement for this unit. This unit includes a 80 hour block professional experience placement in a community or rehabilitative environment. For students, who have completed NURS12157, Concepts of Mental Health Nursing but have not completed, NURS12158, Clinical Nursing Practice 3, you will be undertaking an extra 80 hour professional experience placement block. You must meet specific mandatory health, safety and security requirements to be eligible to attend each professional experience placement. Professional experience placements may be limited in your community and you may be placed in other locations. Please be prepared financially and personally to cover the costs to relocate for placements. Due to the limited availability of placements, some block placements have start and/or end dates that fall outside standard term dates.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites


NURS12161 Professional Experience Placement 2 or NURS12156 Clinical Practice 2

BIOH12011 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 1 or BIOH11006 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology and NURS12154 Pharmacology of Nursing Practice


NURS12163 Chronic Health and Community

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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2023

Term 2 - 2023 Profile
Mixed Mode
Term 2 - 2024 Profile
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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. In-class Test(s) 0%
2. Professional Practice Placement 0%

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.

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 84.76% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 19.06% response rate.

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.

Source: Student evaluation survey
"Unit coordinators were really supportive and had strong communication."
Continue to provide transparent, timely and informative communication with students.
Action Taken
The three Unit Coordinators shared a roster for responding to student emails and Moodle forums. The majority of student correspondence was responded to within 24 hours.
Source: Student email
"Rather than being full of anxiety about going on placement after this res, I am excited and feel like I have been able to learn the required skills based on the way the content has been delivered."
Continue to deliver experiential student led simulation targeted at student individual learning needs and unit objectives.
Action Taken
On-campus clinical simulations mapped to unit learning outcomes continued to be student-led, facilitating individual learning needs. In on-campus learning sessions, time for student-led deliberate practice of individual clinical skills was provided.
Source: Student evaluation survey
"PEP 3 assessment content is far too heavy. 3 days of residential school, incorporating 2 exams, then 80 hours of professional placement, 2 ANSAT's, a written assessment and an external exam. I feel this was extremely heavy and repetitive. With the stress of these assessments overshadowing the positive learning experience that professional placement could have been."
Proposal has been submitted to change NURS12164 from a graded unit to a pass / fail unit. In the application a request to decrease assessment from five to three has also been requested.
Action Taken
The unit was changed to a pass / fail unit, and assessments decreased from five to four.
Source: Student evaluation survey
Thoroughly enjoyed this unit and it was easy to navigate through in Moodle.
Continue to used CQU renew tile format for Moodle site.
Action Taken
CQU renew tile format continued to be used with the addition of embedding H5P activities. Estimated timeframes for activity completion were provided for all activities to assist in study planning.
Source: SUTE Unit Comments
"Having all of the unit content at the beginning of term has been helpful in managing the rest of the term with placement, working and the other 3 units."
Continue using pre-brief as the content repository before on-campus learning sessions and clinical practicum.
Action Taken
Source: SUTE Unit Comments
"Too much learning content before early res school."
Review pre-brief learning content to condense it into smaller, user-friendly packages.
Action Taken
Source: SUTE Unit Comments
"As there were only 10 practice questions provided, it would be helpful to have more as I felt the questions were more complicated than those on the quiz."
The SNM&SS is currently developing school support for medication calculations through a Maths Moodle site.
Action Taken
Source: SUTE Unit Comments
"I would appreciate if the unit coordinator would have approached the first time placement students and assisted them with the expectations of completing the ANSAT."
Develop an information package and hold an information session for students undertaking a clinical placement unit for the first time within CQU Bachelor of Nursing program.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Apply the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) Registered Nurse Standards for Practice in the physical and psychosocial assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of people living with chronic health conditions or those requiring care residing in the community
  2. Recognise and respond appropriately to the deteriorating patient
  3. Identify factors associated with the wellbeing and experience of people living with chronic health conditions residing in the community
  4. Explain the nursing role as part of the interdisciplinary team and the requirements to provide holistic care
  5. Develop person-centred, evidence-based plans of care for a person experiencing an alteration in health identified in the National Health Priority Areas (NHPA)
  6. Demonstrate knowledge and application of safe supply and administration of non-parenteral and parenteral medication.

Content in this unit incorporates a number of professional nursing requirements

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia Decision-Making Framework (DMF) - Nursing

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia Registered Nurse Standards for Practice

Thinks critically and analyses nursing practice

Engages in therapeutic and professional relationships

Maintains the capability for practice

Comprehensively conducts assessments

Develops a plan for nursing practice

Provides safe, appropriate and responsive quality nursing practice

Evaluates outcomes to inform nursing practice

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia Nursing Code of Conduct

Legal compliance

Person-centred practice

Cultural practice and respectful relationships

Professional behaviour

Research in health

Health and wellbeing

International Council of Nursing Code of Ethics for Nursing

Nurses and People

Nurses and Practice

Nurses and the Profession

Nurses and co-workers

National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards

Clinical governance

Partnering with consumers

Preventing and Controlling healthcare-associated infection

Medication safety

Comprehensive care

Communicating for safety

Recognising and responding to acute deterioration

Patient Safety Competency Framework

Person-centred care

Therapeutic communication

Cultural competence

Teamwork and collaborative practice

Clinical reasoning

Evidence-based practice

Preventing, minimising and responding to adverse events

Infection prevention and control

Medication safety

Aged Care Quality Standards

Consumer dignity and choice

Ongoing assessment and planning with consumers

Personal care and clinical care

Services and supports for daily living

Organisation’s service environment

Feedback and complaints

Human resources

Organisation governance

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - In-class Test(s)
2 - Professional Practice Placement
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
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
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10