NURS13145 - Professional Experience Placement 5

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This is your final unit in the Bachelor of Nursing which must commence and be completed in the final six months of your course. 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 240 hour block professional experience placement to consolidate your knowledge, skills, and experiences prior to being deemed eligible for registration as a nurse (Division 1) with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). 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 3
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites


NURS13144 Preparation for Practice as a Registered Nurse OR NURS13135 The Professional Nurse


120 credit points within the CL91 Bachelor of Nursing course

NURS13142 Professional Experience Placement 4 and NURS13141 Acute Alterations in Health in Complex Care Environments OR NURS12158 Clinical Nursing Practice 3

NURS13139 Building Professional Resilience in Nursing and NURS13140 Law and Ethical Considerations in the Profession of Nursing OR NURS13134 Community Nursing Perspectives

NURS12163 Chronic Health and Community Care and NURS12164 Professional Experience Placement 3 OR NURS13133 Clinical Nursing Practice 4

NURS12162 Mental Health Nursing with Professional Experience Placement OR NURS12157 Concepts of Mental Health Nursing

BIOH12011 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 1 and BIOH12012 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2 OR BIOH11006 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology, NURS12154 Pharmacology for Nursing Practice and BIOH12008 Human Pathophysiology

NURS12160 Alterations in Health OR NURS12155 Medical-Surgical Nursing

NURS12165 Evidence to Inform Nursing Practice OR NURS11158 Evidence Informed Nursing Practice

This unit must be completed in the final term of CL91 Bachelor of Nursing

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 3 - 2022

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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 12-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 25 hours of study per week, making a total of 300 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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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 in nursing practice, to your clinical practice.
  2. Consolidate knowledge, skills and attitudes to demonstrate the professional attributes of a registered nurse
  3. Recognise, respond and appropriately manage the deteriorating patient
  4. Demonstrate safe decision making and prioritisation of nursing care
  5. Recognise risk and implement strategies to ensure safety
  6. Communicate and collaborate effectively with people, including members of the interdisciplinary health care team, to facilitate positive health outcomes
  7. 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

Feedback and complaints

Human resources

Organisation governance

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
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 7
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