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Nursing and midwifery clinical placements

Students enrolled in courses leading to eligibility to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia will undertake clinical placement experiences in a variety of clinical settings across Western Australia.

Students must meet the Inherent Requirements for Nursing and Midwifery in order to be able to undertake clinical placement. Students must advise the School of Nursing and Midwifery if they can no longer meet the inherent requirements at any stage of their course.

Clinical placement experiences are undertaken in blocks of time (i.e. 2, 3, 4 or 6 weeks duration) and must be attended on a full-time basis (i.e. 40 hours per week). Students are expected not to undertake paid employment during a period of full-time professional experience placement, as it is a requirement that students have a sufficient length of breaks between shifts.

Students enrolled in entry-to-practice programs (C33, Y76, J46, I80, L88) will be required to travel to professional experience placements in a variety of health services within the region of the campus they are enrolled and may be required to travel to other regions of Western Australia. Students enrolled in Bunbury campus will be required to travel to Perth for some clinical placements. Students are responsible for any travel and accommodation related costs. Professional experience placements require rostered shifts covering the 24-hour period, inclusive of weekends and public holidays.

Prospective students should carefully consider these requirements prior to applying to enrol in any nursing course leading to eligibility to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. Students who are unable to fulfil the above expectations should contact their Course Coordinator or Student Equity, Diversity & Disability Services to discuss further.

Reasonable adjustments to clinical placement requirements, as determined by Student Equity, Diversity & Disability Services, may be made subject to agreement of clinical placement providers. Students should be aware that not all adjustments are able to be supported by the clinical placement provider.

In addition to the Inherent Requirements, students must complete a series of certifications and screening known collectively as ‘Clinical Placement Requirements’. Students will not be allocated to clinical placement until all requirements are current and valid and have been approved by the School of Nursing and Midwifery.

The clinical placement requirements include a series of clearances, vaccinations and screening. You can download the 'Clinical Placement Requirements List' from the downloads box on the right-hand side of this web page. Specific instructions on how to apply for required clearances and provide the required screening and health records are located on the Clinical Placements Blackboard site (in the ‘Clinical placement requirements’ section), which students will have access to once enrolled in the course. Students are encouraged to submit all requirements as soon as possible following enrolment (or arrival in Australia for international students).

If a student has a criminal conviction listed on their WA National Police Certificate, is unable to demonstrate the required immunity to a specified virus or has been diagnosed with a blood borne virus, they will be referred to the Director, Clinical to discuss further. Students should be aware these circumstances may impact their ability to meet the requirements to undertake clinical placement and therefore may impact their ability to complete the course.

International students can apply for a WA National Police Certificate when they have arrived in Australia. Additional criminal screening information from the country of origin may be required by the certifying body during the application process. Once a student has been provided a WA National Police Certificate, they may apply for the WA Health Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check and the WA Working with Children Check. The WA Working with Children Check application form is available at Student Hub (Building 34 Joondalup Campus or Building 1 Bunbury Campus). The form has to be signed by an ECU Student Hub Officer before the student submits it to an Australia Post outlet.

Detailed information about all clinical placement requirements will be provided at the School of Nursing & Midwifery Orientation.

Queries not addressed in the above information may be directed to snmclinicalpractice@ecu.edu.au

Students are also required to purchase nursing student uniforms to be work in simulation workshops and during periods of clinical placement. It is expected students have at least two sets of uniform to maintain infection control requirements (i.e. one set to wear, one set to wash). You can download the uniform policy from the downloads box on the right-hand side of this web page.

In the first semester of the dual degree students will commence continuity of care experiences (CCE) and will continue with these throughout the course. The CCE provides opportunity for students to follow a woman through her pregnancy, birth and postnatal journey. Students will be required to follow 10 women during their course and will need to attend a minimum of 4 antenatal appointments, the birth (which may occur at any time of the day or night, Monday-Sunday and requires students to be 'on call'), and 2 postnatal appointments. For each CCE, students will accumulate on average a total of 20 hours of clinical experience. Continuity of Care Experience (CCE) is an Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) requirement for all Australian midwifery courses. Each CCE is a clinical placement that contributes to the achievement of the clinical experiences and competencies that all midwifery students in Australia must achieve. Students must engage in active clinical participation at the level relevant to the experience of the student. This is always expected to be in accordance with the guidance of the midwife or other health professional who is supervising at the time.

Further information

Current students can refer to the Clinical Placements Blackboard site for more information in the first instance.

For queries relating to clinical placements, please contact us: snmclinicalpractice@ecu.edu.au

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