Health placements

Button - Information for Health FacilitiesProfessonal placements give students exposure to the day-to-day running of their course's industry. They are a vital part of the education process.

The Faculty of Engineering, Health, Science & the Environment have a dedicated Placement Office responsible for sourcing and arranging placements for EHSE students under the Diploma of Enrolled Nursing, Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Midwifery, Bachelor of Social Work, Bachelor of Pharmacy, Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science, and the Graduate Diploma in Child and Family Health. The team work closely with staff from other disciplines to support students with their placements.

Courses offered through the School of Health which require placements include:

Button - Preclinical RequirementsPreclinical information for the Diploma of Enrolled Nursing, Bachelor of Nursing, Batchelor of Midwifery, Bachelor of Social Work, Postgraduate Nursing and Child & Family Health, is available here:

Information for the Health Facilities and CDU Facilitators supporting students for the Diploma of Enrolled Nursing, the Bachelor of Nursing and the Bachelor of Midwifery is available here:

Information for Health Facilities - Nursing and Midwifery

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Welcome

Thank you for welcoming Charles Darwin University (CDU) Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Midwifery students into your facility.

Practice placements are a vital part of the education process. Every practitioner shares responsibility to support and teach the next generation of nurses and midwives.  Practical experience is crucial in preparing students for their future role as Registered Nurses and Midwives. This experience provides students with the opportunity and support to develop key practical skills in a clinical setting; consolidate knowledge and apply learned theory to practice. The nursing program at CDU is designed to prepare students for registration with Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

CDU students are based throughout Australia as the Bachelor of Nursing and the Bachelor of Midwifery are both offered externally. This allows students to experience their practical placements in an area that is local to them while studying with a university that has a special interests in both indigenous and regional issues.

Prior to attending a clinical placement, Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Midwifery students are required to attend a mandatory Clinical Teaching Block (CTB) for specific units of the nursing/midwifery course. Each of these must be successfully completed prior to students attending clinical placement.

CDU have purpose built laboratories at the Casuarina and Alice Springs campuses and the Melbourne Centre. Dedicated staff work with the students during the five day intensive program (CTBs) to provide students with an opportunity to practice specified nursing/midwifery interventions, integrate theory into practice and develop an understanding of the requirements of professional nursing/midwifery practice according to the NMBA Competency Standards (2006).

The Placement Office is responsible for all administrative aspects of arranging placements for a number of EHSE degrees. The role of the Placement Office is to negotiate and arrange placements for students in their allocated states, liaise with health facilities, and act as a first point of contact for students and health facilities for administrative matters and maintain the practice agreements between health facilities and CDU.

Midwifery

The Bachelor of Midwifery prepares students to work as professional and contemporary midwives within a variety of care contexts. The course curriculum reflects the philosophy that midwifery is a profession in its own right and focuses on woman-centred care. It provides learning opportunities in order to prepare each graduate to function as a safe and competent midwife. Graduates of this course will be eligible to apply for registration by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) to practice as a midwife in any state or territory of Australia.

The course provides students with the foundation knowledge and skills necessary to prepare them for lifelong learning and promote the concept of cultural safety in practice, in particular to addressing the needs of Indigenous and multi-cultural Australians. Students will be able to apply their knowledge and skills from first year by commencing continuity of care journeys with childbearing women and undertaking other clinical placements. Towards the end of the course students will care for women through their childbearing journey, as the primary carer for those women, under the supervision of a registered midwife. This course will have a particular focus on evidence-based information, and a multidisciplinary, teaching and learning framework surrounding primary maternity health care.

Placements

Clinical Placement Resource Manuals

The manuals are current at the date of publication and are updated each year. If you see an omission or error, please notify  the Clinical Co-Coordinator or Director of Clinical Education to ensure correction for the following year's edition.

There are five clinical placement units in the Bachelor of Nursing course that require specific clinical placements. These are outlined below. We have also provided a short clip outlining each of the Clinical Units for you to watch.

Bachelor of Nursing

Title of Clinical Placement UnitComponents
NUR125: Nursing Practice 1

40 hours simulation block

160 hours Clinical Placement (80 hours in aged care and 80 hours in acute)

NUR244: Nursing Practice 2

40 hours simulation block

160 hours Clinical Placement

NUR343: Nursing Practice 3

40 hours simulation block

240 hours Clinical Placement (160 hours in acute and 80 hours in mental health)

NUR344: Nursing Practice 4160 hours Clinical Placement
NUR346: Transition to Practice 2160 hours Clinical Placement

More information about the Bachelor of Nursing

Bachelor of Midwifery

There are eight placement units in the Bachelor of Midwifery course that require specific clinical placements.

Title of Clinical Placement UnitComponents
MID101: Introduction to Midwifery Practice

40 hours simulation block

 hours clinical placement

MID102: Fundamental Skills for Midwifery Practice

40 hours simulation block

120 hours clinical placement

MID202: Professional Midwifery Practice 1

40 hours simulation block

160 hours clinical placement

MID204: Professional Midwifery Practice 2240 hours clinical placement
MID301: Women's Health80 hours clinical placement
MID303: Professional Midwifery Practice 3

40 hours simulation block

240 hours clinical placement

MID306: Professional Midwifery Practice 4240 hours clinical placement
MID307: Specialist Neonatal Care120 hours clinical placement

 

Bachelor of Midwifery students will be able to apply their knowledge and skills from first year by commencing continuity of care journeys with childbearing women and undertaking other clinical placements. This program focuses on the continuity of care approach within different models of care and students will be involved in a minimum of 20 continuity of midwifery care experiences. Towards the end of the course students will take on a small caseload of women, under the supervision of a registered midwife, where the student takes the role of primary carer for those women.

More information about the Bachelor of Midwifery

Diploma of Nursing

There are  four placement linked to core units and four placements for elective units in the Diploma of Nursing course that require specific clinical placements.

Title of Clinical Placement UnitComponents
HLTEN515B: Implement and monitor nursing care for older clients

80 hours Clinical Teaching Block
120 hours clinical placement

HLTEN512B:Implement and monitor nursing care for consumers with acute health problems including
HLTEN507C Administer and monitor medications in the work environment

80 hours Clinical Teaching Block
160 hours clinical placement
HLTEN513B Implement and monitor nursing care for consumers with chronic health problems including
HLTEN519C Administer and monitor intravenous medications in the nursing environment
40 hours Clinical Teaching Block
120 hours clinical placement
HLTEN510B Implement and monitor nursing care for consumers with mental health conditions40 hours clinical placement
Elective Units
Components
HLTEN520B Contribute to the care of mothers and babies20 hours clinical placement
HLTEN511B Provide nursing care for clients requiring palliative care

20 hours simulation block

HLTRNL601C Support the client with chronic kidney disease24 hours clinical placement
HLTEN611B Apply principles of diabetic nursing care36 hours clinical placement

More information about the Diploma of Nursing

Nursing Resources

Midwifery Resources

Facilitators

Clinical Education

Clinical education is the practical integration of the knowledge, skills and reasoning developed in the university setting and its application to the practice setting. Clinical education provides students with context based learning in the practice setting. The process is facilitated with the professional support, supervision, guidance and feedback and evaluation of professional registered nurses.

Supervision

Supervision is the provision of both formal and informal constructive feedback through observation and performance evaluation.

Clinical Facilitator

A clinical facilitator is a registered nurse, involved in current nursing practice, who is engaged to facilitate student learning in the clinical setting.

Role

The clinical facilitator assists students develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary for practice within the clinical environment as a beginning level registered nurse. The clinical facilitator acts as a professional role model for students and is responsible for maintaining positive relationships with health care agencies to enhance the learning experience.

Clinical facilitators require highly developed communication and interpersonal skills, a strong work ethic and a commitment to research/ evidence-based practice.

Resources

Facilitator Assessment

  • Clinical Supervision Self-Assessment Tool (no longer available)
  • HWA National Clinical Supervision Competency Resource (no longer available)
  • Staff Uniform Guideline (121 KB)

Student Assessment

Clinical Reasoning

Education Resources

HR Information

Contacts

Contacts

Nursing

Director Clinical Education: Kathleen Blair
Phone:  08 8946 6236
Email: clinicaleducation@cdu.edu.au

Clinical Coordinator: Mel Dudson
Phone:  08 8946 7735
Email: clinicalcoordination@cdu.edu.au

Coordinator, Office of Professional Experience and Placement: (currently vacant)
Phone: 08 8946 ****
Email:

Placement Office: CDU switch board 08 8946 6666
Ask for Clinical Placement Office for Bachelor of Nursing students in relevant state or territory.
Email: nurplac@cdu.edu.au

Pre-Clinical Coordinator:
Phone:  08 8946 7035
Email: Preclinical@cdu.edu.au

Nursing Course Coordinator - Mel Lauva
Phone: 08 8946 6380
Email: mel.lauva@cdu.edu.au

Midwifery

Midwifery Course Coordinator - Angela Bull
Phone: 08 8946 7391
Email: angela.bull@cdu.edu.au

Midwifery Lecturer - Darwin - Theresa Clasquin
Phone: 08 8946 6126
Email: theresa.clasquin@cdu.edu.au

Midwifery Lecturer - Alice Springs - Lyn Francis
Phone: 08 8959 5358
Email: lyn.francis@cdu.edu.au

Contact the Placement Office

For more information contact the Placement Office staff.