NURS13142 - Professional Experience Placement 4

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Proposed Unit Synopsis In this unit, you will practice nursing care in the complex care 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) and apply the Patient Safety Competency Framework (PSCF) (Levett-Jones et al., 2017). 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 (NMBA, 2020). You are required to participate in a compulsory four (4) day residential school prior to attending professional experience placement for this unit. This unit includes a 160 hour block professional experience placement in a complex care environment. You must meet specific mandatory health, safety and security requirements to be eligible to attend your 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 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites


NURS12163 Chronic Health and Community Care or NURS13134 Community Nursing Perspectives

NURS12164 Professional Experience Placement 3 or NURS13133 Clinical Nursing Practice 4


NURS13141 Acute Alterations in Health in Complex Care Environments

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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Residential School Compulsory Residential School
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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2023

Term 1 - 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. Practical Assessment 0%
3. 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 1 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 88.46% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 12.97% 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
Removing medsafe has really made practicing for med calc difficult. Students were given 15 questions to practice with no answers. For basic maths this is ok
Greater access to medication calculation learning resources to be provided in future terms. A drop-in zoom session dedicated to medication calculations may also be offered.
Action Taken
Source: Student evaluation
I found this to be a really well run unit. The expectations were very clear, and I can see how this unit will help me in my nursing career. The res school I attended was also very well run, we all felt very supported and it was really helpful to have time in the lab to practice things that weren't necessarily part of this unit, but things we had learned in previous units but felt we needed to practice again. No question was dismissed, time was taken to explain everything. Thank you!
Continue to provide clear expectations and support student learning.
Action Taken
Source: Student evaluation
The learning material in the study guide for residential school did not match the content of the actual residential school in Rockhampton. Very different.
Continue to emphasise with all teaching academics to stay aligned with the provided curriculum, content and learning outcomes.
Action Taken
Source: Student evaluation
So far, it is the best placement and residential school which I experience. I learn many things from my placement, for example revisiting A & P, Pathophysiology, aseptic technique (a skill that I have not used for a long time), and dietary requirements. I definitely gain lots of knowledge and experience which will be applicable to my nursing journey.
Continue to focus in providing clinical placements through liaising with the IPOs teams in order to keep placements aligned with the learning needs and desired learning outcomes for all individual students.
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 (2016) in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of people experiencing acute alterations in health in a complex care environment
  2. Recognise, respond and appropriately manage the deteriorating patient
  3. Demonstrate safe decision-making and justify prioritisation of nursing care
  4. Recognise risk and implement strategies to ensure safety in the complex care environment
  5. Communicate and collaborate effectively with people, including members of the interdisciplinary health care team, to facilitate positive health outcomes for a person affected by an acute alteration in health
  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

Teaching, supervising and assessing

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

Blood management

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

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - In-class Test(s)
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - 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