PMSC13004 - Clinical Paramedic Practice 3

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit is the third of three (3) clinical placement units within the Bachelor of Paramedic Science course, where you will apply clinical knowledge, reasoning and practical skills at a graduate level in the clinical environment, engaging in reflective practice and consolidating skills and knowledge acquired over the course of the degree. There will be up to six (6) weeks of clinical placement with an approved clinical provider. Placement activities focus on clinical judgement and decision-making to support your increasingly independent practice, ensuring you are adequately prepared for entry into a graduate internship program.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre Requisites:

  • PMSC13002 Clinical Paramedic Practice 2
  • PMSC13001 Mental Health for Paramedics

Please note: Any student who has not successfully completed a PMSC residential school within the preceding 12 months or undertaken a clinical placement unit, must complete a PMSC12001 Procedures & Skills refresher. This ensures currency with all contemporary skills and procedures in line with industry standards and professional capabilities

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 No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2022

Term 2 - 2022 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. Portfolio 0%
2. Professional Practice Placement 0%
3. Online Quiz(zes) 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.

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 13.75% 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: Direct feedback
Feedback
Students appreciated one-on-one contact for those experiencing significant personal trauma or placement-related stress during clinical placement.
Recommendation
Continue delivering support and follow-up phone calls for any student requiring additional support.
Action Taken
Maintained contact with students before, during and after term dates. this included a 24/7 emergency contact mobile shared amongst the two unit coordinators.
Source: Moodle feedback
Feedback
Return of assessment one within one day was fantastic, but marking period for second assessment was too long.
Recommendation
Ensure faster turnaround of marking the larger portfolio task. Marking for this task does not usually coincide with residential schools, but this year twice the number of residentials were undertaken to assist students and to aid in catching up on postponed residentials from term one units.
Action Taken
Co-coordination of the unit and casual marking was employed this term. As per SUTE reflection in assessment return.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
Although I understand the purpose of the skills sign off sheet, it feels impractical given the lack of downtime in urban stations. There is little chance to run though it without feeling like you are taking more than you should from the paramedics.
Recommendation
This assessment item has been removed and re-written to reflect interaction online completion whilst out on placement with mentors. Skills sign offs have been reduced to pertinent skills only.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply clinical reasoning and practical skills at a graduate level within the clinical setting whilst working collaboratively with allied health professionals
  2. Refine reflective practice principles associated with clinical reasoning and conduct whilst supporting diverse client groups in the health care setting
  3. Evaluate legal responsibilities and requirements, ethical and professional responsibilities and the legal and ethical boundaries of paramedicine practice.

It is now a requirement of Paramedic Registration, to align with the AHPRA accreditation guidelines. These are broken down into five (5) domains. Below aligns the proposed learning outcomes with these domains, with each domain also listed below:

  • Learning outcome 1 aligns with professional capabilities for registered paramedics Domain 1, 2, 3 & 5
  • Learning outcome 2 aligns with professional capabilities for registered paramedics Domain 1, 2 & 5
  • Learning outcome 3 aligns with professional capabilities for registered paramedics Domain 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5.

Domain 1 - Professional and ethical conduct

  • Practice ethically and professionally, consistent with relevant legislation and regulatory requirements
  • Provide each patient with an appropriate level of dignity and care
  • Assume responsibility, and accept accountability, for professional decisions
  • Advocate on behalf of the patient, when appropriate within the context of the practitioner's practice as a paramedic.

Domain 2 - Professional communication and collaboration

  • Communicate clearly, sensitively and effectively with patient and other relevant people
  • Collaborate with other health practitioners.

Domain 3 - Evidence-based practice and professional learning

  • Make informed and reasonable decisions
  • Use clinical reasoning and problem-solving skills to determine clinical judgements and appropriate actions
  • Draw on appropriate knowledge and skills in order to make professional judgements
  • Identify ongoing professional learning, developmental needs and opportunities.

Domain 4 - Safety, risk management and quality assurance

  • Protect and enhance patient safety
  • Maintain safety of self and others in the work environment
  • Operate effectively in an emergency care environment
  • Maintain records appropriately
  • Monitor and review the ongoing effectiveness of their practice and modify it accordingly
  • Audits, reflects on and reviews practice
  • Participate in the mentoring, teaching and development of others.

Domain 5 - Paramedicine practice

  • Use patient information management systems appropriately
  • Assess and monitor the patient capacity to receive care
  • Understand the key concepts of the bodies of knowledge which are specifically relevant to paramedicine practice
  • Conduct appropriate diagnostic or monitoring procedures, treatment, therapy or other actions safely
  • Demonstrate the requisite knowledge and skills to participate in mass casualty or major incident situations
  • Formulate specific and appropriate patient care and treatment actions.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Portfolio
2 - Professional Practice Placement
3 - Online Quiz(zes)
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
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