"My community placement in Tanzania was a great experience."
"I was very lucky to be part of the Global Health Alliance of WA project which saw me spend two weeks in Tanzania on a community placement. It was an emotionally challenging experience, but a culturally-enriching one that will continue to shape me for years to come."
At the School of Nursing and Midwifery we have a passion for finding better ways to educate and train nurses and midwives and enhance their capacity to professionally and competently contribute to the improved well being in our community.
We strive to provide our students, external partners and the community with access to a unique range of educational and research resources and programs which seek to improve the capacity of individuals, teams and organisations to lead, facilitate and manage change and innovation across the health system.
We integrate the areas of education, research and career development into our overall learning and teaching approach.
Our school is unique in its multidisciplinary approach and we are committed to an integrated plan for clinical skills development so our graduates are confident and competent to practice high quality and safe health care.
We run the largest undergraduate nursing program in Western Australia. The Bachelor of Science (Nursing) is distinctive as it links three areas of activity that are directed at complementing and strengthening clinical development for undergraduate nursing students:
- Clinical training innovations which includes scenario based learning, ‘real life’ simulations, intensive clinical up-skilling, clinical skills workshops including psychomotor skill development, and resources such as DVDs for self directed learning.
- Clinical competency assessment which relates to the delivery of a competency development framework which means that students are well prepared with the skills and competencies required for the level and context of care in which they find themselves when on practical placement.
- Clinical partnerships and industry collaboration encompasses a unique arrangement whereby the school has arrangements with metropolitan and rural hospitals and regions, as well as the private sector, for undergraduate nursing students to undertake their clinical placements in the one setting.