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					                              University of New England

                                       School of Health




          Undergraduate Student Nurse
              Clinical Placement
                  Information
                    Booklet




UNE Undergraduate Nursing Student Information Booklet – Revised January 2010
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                                                    Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION                                                                                                                                        7

1. OVERVIEW OF CLINICAL PLACEMENTS                                                                                                                   8

         The Clinical School ................................................................................................................. 9

         The Program Office ............................................................................................................... 10

         Role of the Clinical Placement Manager.................................................................................10

         Role of the Clinical Coordinator- Academic .......................................................................... 10


2. COURSE OVERVIEW                                                                                                                                12

         The Aim of the Undergraduate Nursing Course .................................................................... 12

         Objectives of the Undergraduate Nursing Course ................................................................. 12

         The Partnership Model of Clinical Education ...................................................................... 12

         UNE Course Overview .......................................................................................................... 15

         Hours of Clinical Experience ................................................................................................ 16


3.ORGANISATION OF CLINICAL PLACEMENTS                                                                                                             17

        Clinical Venues ...................................................................................................................... 17

        Areas of Practice .................................................................................................................... 17

         Principal Dates and Clinical Placement ................................................................................ 18

         Allocation of Clinical Placement ........................................................................................... 18

         Clinical Sakai Site .................................................................................................................. 19

         Changing Placements ............................................................................................................ 19

         Rosters ................................................................................................................................... 20

         Accumulated Day Off (ADOs)..................................................................................................21

         Public Holidays ...................................................................................................................... 21

         Accommodation ..................................................................................................................... 21

         Transport and Parking .......................................................................................................... 22


4. STUDENT PREPARATION FOR CLINICAL PLACEMENT                                                                                                     23
         Attendance Criteria ................................................................................................................ 23
         Student Declaration/Fitness for Practice.................................................................................23


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      Criminal Record Checks ........................................................................................................ 24

      Child Protection Forms ......................................................................................................... 25

      Immunisation and Student Vaccinations ............................................................................... 25

      First Aid Certificates .............................................................................................................. 28

5. DURING CLINICAL PLACEMENTS                                                                                                                   29

      Professional Conduct ............................................................................................................ 29

      Student Code of Conduct ....................................................................................................... 29

      Confidentiality ....................................................................................................................... 29

      Accountability ....................................................................................................................... 30

      Punctuality ............................................................................................................................ 30

      Counselling ........................................................................................................................... 30

      Academic Assistance ............................................................................................................. 31

      Library Services ..................................................................................................................... 31

      UNE Access Centres ............................................................................................................... 32

6. GROOMING STANDARDS                                                                                                                           34

      Uniforms ................................................................................................................................ 34

      Student ID Badges .................................................................................................................. 34

      Jewellery ................................................................................................................................ 35

      Nails ...................................................................................................................................... 35

      Personal Hygiene .................................................................................................................. 35

      Make up and Perfume ........................................................................................................... 35

      Footwear ................................................................................................................................ 35

      Mobile Phones & Other Electronic Devices............................................................................36

      Smoking ................................................................................................................................. 36

      Workplace Health and Safety ................................................................................................ 36

      Infection Control .................................................................................................................... 36

      Needle Stick Injuries .............................................................................................................. 37

      Injuries & Accidents .............................................................................................................. 37

      Fire Drill & Other Emergencies ........................................................................................... 37

      Orientation ............................................................................................................................. 38


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         Medications ............................................................................................................................ 38

         Ward Phone Protocol ............................................................................................................. 38

         Leaving the Placement ........................................................................................................... 38

         Illness .................................................................................................................................... 39

         Leave of Absence ................................................................................................................... 39

         Sexual Harassment ................................................................................................................. 39

         Safety and Security ................................................................................................................ 39

         Problem & Difficulties ........................................................................................................... 40

7.CLINICAL PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT & EVALUATION                                                                                                     41

         Student Assessment ................................................................................................................ 41

         Clinical Record Book ............................................................................................................ 41

         Formative & Summative Evaluation ..................................................................................... 42

         Clinical Placement Results .................................................................................................... 43

         Progression ........................................................................................................................... 43

         Unsafe Practice ...................................................................................................................... 44

         Clinical Challenge ................................................................................................................ 44

         Clinical Contract ................................................................................................................... 45

         Clinical Transcripts ............................................................................................................... 45

         Make Up Placement .............................................................................................................. 45

         Applying for a Special Extension of Time (SET)......................................................................46

         Student Clinical Placement Support ..................................................................................... 46


8. SCHOLARSHIPS & USEFUL NURSING WEBSITES                                                                                                          47
         Nursing Undergraduate Scholarships ................................................................................... 47

         Useful Nursing Websites ....................................................................................................... 48

CONCLUSION                                                                                                                                         48




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INTRODUCTION

Welcome to the undergraduate nursing course at UNE and in particular welcome to
the clinical component of the course. The Nursing Course Team believe that UNE has
the best nursing program in New South Wales as we offer a high quality program of
study, which consists of a large amount of clinical placement experience. The UNE
undergraduate nursing course, which leads to enrolment has 19 weeks of clinical
placement over 2 years and for registration has 35 weeks of clinical placement over
the three-years. This is far more clinical placement experience than any other
undergraduate nursing course. UNE maintains good relationships with a wide range of
clinical facilities across the state to ensure that our students gain a wide range of
clinical experience during their undergraduate course. This means that our students are
well prepared for the work force when they complete their nursing award and is a
major reason why UNE graduate nurses are sought after in the health care industry.

This booklet has been compiled for students enrolled in the Undergraduate Nursing
Course at the University of New England (UNE). It contains information specific to
clinical placements and is to be used in conjunction with the UNE Student Handbook.
The guidelines in this booklet apply to all clinical placements both within and outside
the Clinical School areas.

Information in this booklet is aimed at ensuring a problem free clinical experience for
students. Students are urged to read this booklet (in it‟s entirety) prior to commencing
clinical placement. Students are encouraged to read the Health Service Policy and
Procedure Manuals in the ward in which they are placed and to become familiar with
the UNE and health agency protocols to which they must adhere whilst on clinical
placement. In addition your recommended text “The Clinical Placement an essential
guide for nursing students”, 2007, by Levett-Jones & Bourgeois is a useful resource to
assist you with the clinical component of your education.

Any questions or concerns should be directed, in the first instance, to the Clinical
Placement Manager.

Alternatively, please contact the Clinical Coordinator- Academic or Course
Coordinator - Nursing at the School of Health, Armidale.




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1. OVERVIEW OF CLINICAL PLACEMENTS

Clinical placements at UNE are coordinated through the Clinical School, which is
located in Armidale. The Clinical Placement Manager, Clinical Coordinator-
Academic and two Administrative Assistants staff the Clinical School. The Clinical
Placement Manager is responsible for the day to day organisation and management of
the clinical placement component of the undergraduate nursing courses. The Clinical
Coordinator- Academic delivers clinical education workshops, oversees the Clinical
office and student progression as well as having an academic role within the university
that involves teaching in the undergraduate and postgraduate nursing courses. Both
individuals are responsible to the Course Coordinator of Nursing.
Communication between the Clinical School and students occurs primarily through
face-to-face clinical information sessions conducted with each cohort of students by
the Clinical Placement Manager and Clinical Coordinator- Academic. A Clinical
Sakai site is structured for each student cohort and students‟ enrolled in a unit that has
a clinical requirement will have access to the relevant clinical site for their enrolment.
Students can interact with the Clinical staff through the Clinical Sakai site and can
access clinical placement information 24 hours a day, wherever they can access the
internet. It is expected that all undergraduate nursing students regularly check
their UNE email account (at least weekly) for important messages from the
Clinical staff.




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                                         The Clinical School


The Clinical School is located in the School of Health at the University of New
England, Armidale. Contact can be made in the following ways:


Clinical Placement Manager:                  Kirsty Waller
Telephone:                                   02 6773 3640
Mobile:                                      0428 487 548
Email:                                       kwaller2@une.edu.au

Clinical Coordinator- Academic:              Jackie Lea
Telephone:                                   02 6773 2974
Mobile:                                      0407 414 577
Email:                                       jlea2@une.edu.au

Administrative Assistants:                   Cindy Blanch and Tania Robb
Telephone:                                   02 6773 2420 (Cindy) or 02 6773 3680 (Tania)
Email:                                       cblanch3@une.edu.au or trobb@une.edu.au


General Contacts

Fax:                                         02 6773 3666

Postal Address:                                     Clinical School
                                             School of Health
                                             University of New England
                                             ARMIDALE NSW 2351

Office Hours:                                8:30am – 5pm.
                                             Monday – Friday.
                                             In case of emergency the Clinical Placement
                                             Manager or Clinical Coordinator- Academic may
                                             be contacted by mobile phone.


All telephones have voicemail. If they are unattended, please leave your name; telephone number;
date and time of your call and a brief message and your call will be returned as soon as possible.




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                                    The Program Office
The Program Office is situated at the School of Health at the University of New
England, Armidale. Contact can be made in the following ways:


Course Coordinator- Nursing:                 Dr
Telephone:                                   02 6773 3653
Email:                                       ppaliade@une.edu.au

Administrative Assistant:                    Cheryl Chant
Telephone:                                   02 6773 3644
Email:                                       cchant@une.edu.au

Fax:                                         02 6773 3666

Postal Address:                                     Course Coordinator- Nursing
                                             School of Health
                                             University of New England
                                             ARMIDALE NSW 2351

All telephones have voicemail. If they are unattended, please leave your name; telephone number;
date and time of your call and a brief message and your call will be returned as soon as possible.



                   Role of the Clinical Placement Manager
The Clinical Placement Manager is responsible for the day to day management and
organisation of student clinical placements and leading the administrative support for
the clinical component of the undergraduate nursing courses. This involves close
liaison with Area Health Services regarding clinical objectives for placement and
ensuring students are informed regarding Health Service requirements. The Clinical
Placement Manager oversees all correspondence to and from the Clinical School,
monitors placement logistics whilst maintaining ongoing communication with Clinical
Facilitators and Clinical Partners regarding placement details and student progression
directing any complex issues to the Clinical Coordinator- Academic. The Clinical
Placement Manager attends Area Health Service meetings as required.
Students who experience difficulties or have questions regarding their clinical
placements are requested in the first instance, to direct these to the Clinical Placement
Manager. If you are dissatisfied with the response, you may then wish to contact the
Clinical Coordinator- Academic to discuss your difficulties.



                Role of the Clinical Coordinator- Academic

The Clinical Coordinator-Academic is responsible for the overall clinical coordination
of the undergraduate nursing program as well as maintaining an academic role that
involves teaching in both the undergraduate and postgraduate nursing courses,

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research into clinical nursing practice, publishing of academic papers and providing
academic advice to students of UNE and to those prospective students of the
university.
The role of the Clinical Coordinator- Academic is broad and includes assuming
ultimate responsibility for the organisation of all student and Clinical
Partner/Facilitator arrangements, liaising with area health services, designing and
presenting Clinical Partnership/Facilitator workshops and ensuring students have
access to high quality clinical practice opportunities. Additionally, the Clinical
Coordinator- Academic is responsible for ensuring that students meet the
requirements to proceed to clinical placement, are informed of their professional
responsibilities during clinical placement and that they are aware of the specific
clinical objectives and assessment requirements during each of these placements.
Furthermore, the Clinical Coordinator- Academic is responsible for monitoring
students‟ clinical progression, and ensuring students are working towards meeting the
National Competency Standards relevant to their level of experience.
The Clinical Coordinator- Academic provides advice to the Nursing Course Team and
more specifically to the Unit Coordinators whose units of study have a clinical
practice component. This link is essential in order to ensure the clinical objectives for
each unit are relevant. Furthermore, the Clinical Coordinator- Academic liaises with
the Unit Coordinators and lecturers during students‟ placements and advises them of
students‟ progress and any issues that require discussion or attention. Finally, the
Clinical Coordinator- Academic advises Unit Coordinators of the clinical results for
units with a clinical component.




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2. COURSE OVERVIEW

             The Aim of the Undergraduate Nursing Course
The aim of the Undergraduate Nursing Course is to prepare professional graduate
nurses who are eligible for enrolment and or registration with the Nurses and
Midwifes Board, New South Wales (NMB, NSW). Students are instructed in the
necessary theoretical knowledge and the practical skills required for the practice of
nursing at graduate level. Students are educated to assume the role of a beginning
professional nurse. Students participate in clinical placement in a variety of health
care settings so that they may learn to provide creative, evidence based, sensitive and
responsive nursing care for the patients/clients for whom the care is provided. The
course also has as its goal; the preparation of graduates who appreciate the value of
life-long learning and who have a sound foundation for further study at postgraduate
level.



            Objectives of the Undergraduate Nursing Course

The primary objectives of the Undergraduate Nursing Course are to produce graduates
who are able to:
     provide thoughtful, creative, responsive and evidence based nursing care at a
      beginning practitioner level, to people in a variety of health care settings under
      the guidance of more experienced registered nurses;
     apply appropriate knowledge and skills to the provision of nursing care;
     demonstrate an appreciation and respect for the rights of individual people to
      make choices regarding their own health and the care they receive;
     demonstrate support, facilitative skills and advocacy for vulnerable people who
      are unable to make or implement choices for themselves by virtue of their
      condition;
     exhibit an understanding of the nurse's role in the provision of primary health
      care and the importance of education for health and health promotion;
     demonstrate an understanding of the role of the nurse as change agent within the
      health care system, and
     maintain and extend their nursing knowledge and skills by a process of
      experiential learning, reading and research.



               The Partnership Model of Clinical Education
The University of New England conducts the clinical placement component of
undergraduate nursing programs in partnership with the staff of facilities in which
students undertake placement. The partnership model recognises the clinical



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experience and skills of health professionals. These professional attributes are utilised
to:
      orientate the student to the clinical environment and health care settings;
      offer guidance and assistance to the student with the delivery of nursing practice
       and the development and practice of nursing skills;
      provide experienced and competent role models for the new nurse to observe
       and with whom to learn;
      support the student in adapting to clinical nursing practice;
      assist and guide the student to develop new skills as well as adapting skills to
       diverse environments;
      provide a context in which conflicts and contradictions in nursing practice can
       be collegially explored and resolved, using an evidence based model for
       practice, and
      assist the student to integrate theory into practice.

Clinical Partners are prepared for their role in workshops conducted by the University.
These workshops cover such topics as the role and function of Clinical Partner,
trouble shooting and student assessment. The specific roles of Clinical Partners are
those of:

      teacher
      role model
      assessor
      counsellor
      support person

Clinical Partners identify and structure clinical learning opportunities, demonstrate
clinical skills to the student, assure themselves of the students readiness to undertake
specific skills and clearly communicate clinical performance expectations to students.
Clinical Partners also need to communicate any student performance concerns to the
relevant Clinical Coordinator or the Course Coordinator - Nursing.

The very term partnership indicates that the acquisition of clinical skills by students is
a reciprocal process. In this process the University and the student also have
responsibilities.

It is the responsibility of the University to provide education and support for the
Clinical Partners and to ensure the preparedness of students for their placements. The
student's responsibility is to communicate openly, identify learning objectives, and be
an active and participatory learner and to incorporate constructive criticisms into
future practice.

The Clinical Coordinator- Academic has a dual support responsibility in this clinical
partnership; they must provide support to both the RN and the student.

A student may be placed with one or more RNs during clinical placement. Where
possible the student will be placed with one RN. Students must understand there will

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be occasions where the student will be partnered with several RNs during a placement,
because of limited full time Registered Nurses. Should this be the case the student‟s
assessment will need to be a collaborative report, preferably written by the RN with
whom the student has spent the most time. In the case of a collaborative report the
signatory to the report should state the names of Registered Nurse‟s consulted about
the student‟s performance.

Where an agency has requested the presence of a Clinical Facilitator, the Clinical
Facilitator will have the following role description: -

                                Clinical Facilitator/Teacher

A Clinical Facilitator is a Registered Nurse who is employed by or seconded to the
University to conduct clinical education for undergraduate nursing students. The role
of the Clinical Facilitator is to:

1.     liaise closely with the Clinical Placement Manager and Clinical Coordinator-
       Academic;

2.     liaise with clinicians and nurse managers during the placement period;

3.     provide support and teaching for nursing students throughout the placement
       period;

4.     appraise the clinical performance of students. This appraisal should be done in
       collaboration with relevant clinicians but the ultimate responsibility for
       appraisal rests with the Facilitator and the Clinical Coordinator- Academic;

5.     ensure that students receive both formative and summative performance
       evaluations;

6.     enhance the clinical learning experience of nursing students;

7.     intervene when student issues arise in the clinical setting and implement
       appropriate strategies to deal with the issues;

8.     inform the Clinical Placement Manager or Clinical Coordinator- Academic of
       any concerns regarding individual or group student performance;

9.     provide recommendations to the Clinical Coordinator- Academic if practice
       issues arise.




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                                                 UNE Course Overview
Table 1:       Structure of Advanced Diploma in Nursing (pre-enrolment) and Bachelor of Nursing (pre-
               registration ) Course

                                                                                                                                        Clinical
              Sem                                             UNITS OF STUDY
                                                                                                                                        practice
                       HHSC146:                  HSNS114:                  *HSNS112:                 HSNS121:
                1                                                                                                                       3 weeks
                       Fundamentals of           Human                     Fundamental               Introduction to
                       Health Science 1          Interactions in           Nursing Skills 1          Professional Nursing               Med/Surg
                                                 Clinical Nursing                                    Practice
                                                 Practice
Year 1                 HHSC147:                  HSNS122:                  *HSNS113:                 *HSNS123:
                2                                                                                                                       5 weeks
                       Fundamentals of           Cultural                  Fundamental               Health Facilitation in
                       Health Science 2          Competence in             Nursing Skills 2          Nursing                            Med/Surg
                                                 Australian
                                                 Nursing Practice                                                                       Community

                       HHSC246:                  *HSNS201:                 *HSNS202:                 HSNS204:                           4 weeks
                3
                       Health Science for        Nursing Practice          Nursing Practice          Critical Enquiry
                       Nursing 1                 Development 1             Development 2             in Nursing                         Med/Surg
                       HHSC247:                  *HSNS203:                 *HSNS205:                 One elective unit (for             6 weeks
                4                                                                                    BNurs students only)
                       Health Science for        Nursing Practice          Introduction to                                              (BNurs
 Year 2                Nursing 2                 Development 3             Mental Health                                                students)
                                                                           Nursing                      Core unit for                   Mental Health
                                                                                                        AdvDipNurs
                                                                                                        students                        Med/Surg
                                                                                                                                        7 weeks
                                                                                                     *HSNS230:                          (AdvDip
                                                                                                     Enrolled Nursing                   Nurs
                                                                                                     Practice                           students)
                            Students who choose to exit with the Advanced Diploma in Nursing will have completed
                            a total of 19 weeks (722 hours) of clinical practice.
                       *HSNS314:                 *HSNS313:                 *HSNS301:                 HSNS323:
                                                                                                                                        8 weeks
                       Chronic and               Introduction to           Aged Care                 Professional Issues in
                5      Palliative Nursing        Critical Care             Nursing: Practice         Nursing 2                          Aged Care
                       Care                      Nursing                   and Issues
                                                                                                                                        Chronic/
                                                                                                                                        Palliative
 Year 3
                                                                                                                                        Critical Care
                       *HSNS312:                 *HSNS322:                 One elective unit         *HSNS321:
                6                                                          (not already                                                 9 weeks
                       Community                 Professional                                         Professional Clinical
                       Nursing                   Issues in Nursing         studied)                  Practice                           Med/Surg
                                                 1
                                                                           OR ( for                                                     Mat/Paeds
                                                                           students with
                                                                                                                                        Remote
                                                                           Credit average or
                                                                           above)                                                       Community
                                                                           One 400 level
                                                                           unit


                                                                                                     TOTAL WEEKS                               35
                                                                                                     Hours                                   1330 hrs
    * Satisfactory completion of clinical practicum is part of the unit assessment and essential to successful completion of the unit




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                           Hours of Clinical Experience
The total hours spent on clinical experience are not stipulated by the NMB, NSW, but
they are required to be long enough for students to achieve beginning competency and
for a valid assessment to be completed in each of the practice areas on page 15. The
University of New England has set a minimum of clinical experience hours for each
semester. The total clinical practice hours for the Bachelor of Nursing award is 1330
hours and for the Advanced Diploma Nursing the total clinical practice hours are 722
hours.

During your clinical experience at UNE you will be required to work 38 hours per
week for each week of your placements. You may be required to work a variety of
shifts including day, evening, night and weekends.

It is important that an accurate record be kept of the number of hours spent in each of
the essential areas of placement. On completion of the clinical experience, the number
of hours is tallied and forms part of your overall clinical record.

Failure to complete the minimum number of hours stipulated will result in having to
make-up additional hours and may delay your progression through the course.

If you would like more information about the clinical component of the course,
contact the Clinical Placement Manager at the School of Health in Armidale.




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3. ORGANISATION OF CLINICAL PLACEMENTS

                                       Clinical Venues
Clinical practice will normally be undertaken within New South Wales.

Clinical placements will generally be within the following Area Health Services:
Hunter New England; North Coast; Greater Western; North Sydney Central Coast and
South East Sydney Illawarra. Clinical placement capacity is determined semester by
semester. The Clinical School are confined by the NSW Health Clinical Placement
Capacity Information System (CPCIS) database for requesting placements and are
rarely permitted to request placements beyond what is approved via this system.

Students may also undertake clinical placement experience within Private Agencies;
NGOs and Community Based Facilities. On occasion the Clinical School are able to
offer interstate placements- particularly in the Northern Territory and ACT. Students
must be aware that interstate placements are limited and are becoming increasingly
difficult to secure and cannot be guaranteed.

Students are not permitted to undertake clinical placement in the facility for
which they are employed.



                                       Areas of Practice
The NMB, NSW stipulates that students must have clinical learning placements in the
following areas:
      Medical
      Surgical/Perioperative
      Mental Health
      Aged Care
      Community Nursing

Not all of your clinical experience will be gained in a hospital environment.
Community Health Centre‟s and Community Based Facilities are also used to provide
students with a comprehensive experience of nursing and health care practice.
Simulated nursing experiences within the laboratory environment are also provided to
students as part of the learning process though these do not comprise part of the
clinical practice hours.

Efforts are made to ensure that all students will progress through these essential areas.
However, there may be times when it is impossible to place all students in areas
appropriate to the units being studied or to follow a normal pattern of progression
through the essential areas. If you are concerned about the areas in which you are to be
placed, please contact the Clinical Placement Manager.

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                   Principal Dates and Clinical Placement
A clinical planner outlining clinical placement dates will be issued at the
commencement of semester one for commencing students and at the completion of
each academic year for continuing students. The clinical planner will also be made
available online via the UNE website and Clinical Sakai sites. The planner will outline
the dates for each clinical placement. Clinical placement dates cannot be changed to
suit individual student requests and students must complete their placement in the
designated time period. In the instance of illness or misadventure students may apply
for a Special Extension of Time (SET). If approved a SET will allow you to complete
your placement at a later date. You will be required to provide evidence such as doctor
certificate with your SET application.


                        Allocation of Clinical Placement
At the beginning of each semester students will be asked to choose preferences for
placement from a list of available placements and locations. Students will access
forms from within the Clinical Sakai site and submit them directly to the clinical staff
either in person, via email, fax or post. For 3rd year students whose first clinical
placement is scheduled for early in the first semester, access and submission of the
clinical preference forms within the Clinical Sakai site will occur at the end of their
second year prior to the exam period. The Clinical Placement Manager will allocate
students to a clinical placement based on students‟ clinical learning needs and
students‟ indicated preferences. Whilst every effort is made to accommodate students‟
requests, placement allocations are also influenced by health services acceptance of
students, ability of health services to meet the clinical objectives for the placement, as
well as the availability of Registered Nurses to assume the role of Clinical Partner for
the placement. If you are enrolled in a clinical unit you are expected to complete a
placement preference form and submit it by the due date. Failure to do so will result in
a student being allocated to whatever placement/s are left.

Students will be notified of their placement allocation via the Clinical Sakai site and
also the via the clinical notice board located outside the main doors to the School of
Health, approximately one week after listing their preferences and at least four weeks
prior to the commencement of the clinical placement.

Once you are aware of your clinical placement allocation you are required to make
contact with the Administrative Assistants in the Clinical School to confirm your
acceptance and to gather first day instructions, accommodation bookings and
accommodation information if required. Rosters and first day instructions for your
placement are usually available from the Clinical School 1 week prior to the
commencement of your placement.

Students may also be required to provide evidence of their vaccination status and
criminal record clearance to the health agency prior to commencement of the
placement. Some Area Health Services request this information at least 8 weeks prior
to placement commencement. The Administrative Assistants in the Clinical School
will be able to facilitate the forwarding of this information.


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Whilst the Clinical School staff can assist with all placement logistics such as
accommodation bookings, roster details, suggested travel arrangements and
forwarding vaccination information prior to placement; it is ultimately the
student’s responsibility to ensure that they are aware of all placement details and
have attended to all compulsory requirements; and that they contact the Clinical
Placement Manager should they experience any difficulties regarding their
ability to proceed to their allocated clinical placement.

Compulsory clinical information sessions are held prior to each clinical placement and
during each intensive school. These sessions provide students with information
regarding expectations of students whilst undertaking clinical placement, assessment
and performance evaluations, and student conduct during clinical placement
experience. Additionally students have the opportunity to ask questions or discuss any
aspect of clinical placement. Students are notified of the information sessions for
their respective year, by the Clinical School, via the Clinical Sakai site and through
the UNE central timetabling system.

On return to campus students will have the opportunity to debrief with their lecturers,
Clinical Coordinator- Academic or Clinical Placement Manager regarding their
placement experience.



                                      Clinical Sakai Site
There is a Clinical Sakai site available for each student cohort, i.e. 1st year, 2nd year
and 3rd year. The Clinical Sakai site provides a place for students to interact with the
Clinical School staff. There is a discussion board for you to interact with the Clinical
Coordinator and each other regarding clinical placement, an email site where you can
email requests or queries to the Clinical School staff and a message board where
clinical information regarding, scholarships, vaccinations etc is posted regularly.
Students are advised to check the relevant Clinical Sakai site for their year on a
weekly basis.



                                   Changing Placements
Once students are allocated to clinical placement, a period of grace is granted prior to
final confirmation of placement (usually 1-2 weeks). If you need to change your
allocated clinical placement, you must first attempt to find another student with whom
to swap. Both students must make contact with the Clinical Placement Manager to
make the change. If you are unable to find a student willing to swap please direct any
requests to the Clinical Placement Manager ASAP.

Once placements are finalised it is extremely difficult for students to make any
changes to their placement. In exceptional circumstances requests may be forwarded
directly to the Clinical Placement Manager. Students need to be aware that there is no
guarantee however that their request will be granted.




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                                             Rosters
Prior to the commencement of each clinical placement students will be required to
collect their clinical placement roster from the Clinical School. Generally rosters will
become available for collection 1 week prior to the commencement of the placement.
However, occasionally health services do not have rosters available for students and
only first day instructions will be given, with the roster to be negotiated with the
Health Service upon your arrival. Rosters may also change without notice; the
Clinical School will contact you of any changes if and when they are notified.

Students should check with the Clinical School for rosters/first day instructions one
week prior to commencing each clinical placement. In circumstances where the
student is not able to collect the roster from the clinical school in person it is the
students responsibility to make contact with the Clinical School by phone at least 1
week prior to commencement of the placement, to obtain their clinical placement
roster and confirm their clinical placement.

To ensure an accurate assessment and adequate provision of guidance and support
during your placement students are required to adhere to the rosters supplied to them
by the health agency. This means that you will be participating in a variety of shifts
that may include morning, day, afternoon or night shifts on weekdays, weekends and
public holidays. Each health facility and at times each individual clinical area will
have differing times for the commencement and finishing of shifts and it is the
student‟s responsibility to ensure that they are aware of the starting and finishing times
for their placement. Generally shift times would be similar to the following:

Morning:        7:00 am – 3:30 pm
Afternoon:      2.30 pm – 11:00 pm
Night:          11.00 pm - 7.00 am
Day:            8.30am - 5.00 pm

If a student has difficulty with the allocated roster then the student must consult with
the Clinical Placement Manager, Clinical Facilitator/Clinical Partner and Nurse Unit
Manager and an appropriate roster will be negotiated.

During clinical placement, students are not to have less than the industrially mandated
break between shifts. For example, there must be an 8 hour break between night duty
and any other rostered shift. Additionally, students are prohibited from working more
than 7 days straight and working extra hours in order to finish their clinical placement
early. Students must not work more then 8 hours unless the health agency has 10 or
12 hour shifts as part of their usual rostering and the student is allocated to the
Clinical Partner who is rostered for that shift.

If a student has a particular roster request for placement due to work, family or
other important commitments- they are required to put this in writing to the
Clinical Placement Manager at least 4 weeks prior to commencement of
placement. Requests will then be forwarded to the Health Service. It is ultimately
up to the Health Service how a student is rostered for their placement and the
Clinical School takes no responsibility in the result of these requests.

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                            Accumulated Day Off (ADO)
As per the University agreement students are required to complete 38 hours of work
per week during each week of their clinical placement. As most health agencies roster
staff for 40 hours per week- students are entitled to an Accumulated Day Off (ADO)
in some instances. For a 2 week placement students are entitled to a half day ADO (4
hours) and for a 3 or 4 week placement a full day ADO (8 hours). ADOs are
negotiated with the Nurse Unit Manager and will generally be given on the last day of
placement.



                                       Public Holidays
There are times when you will be on a clinical placement during a Public Holiday (e.g.
during Easter, Anzac Day or the October long weekend). The shifts allocated to your
Clinical Partner make up the clinical hours you are required to complete. If your
Clinical Partner is rostered to work on a Public Holiday, so are you. If a health agency
does not require you to work on a Public Holiday this must be taken as a day off or
your ADO. Failure to complete the minimum number of hours stipulated will result in
having to make-up the missed hours and may delay your progression through the
course.



                                       Accommodation
Very few of the health agencies are able to offer staff accommodation for students.
Where staff accommodation is provided, it will be booked for you if required. Please
be advised that we compete for availability with other disciplines and other
universities, so it will not always be possible to guarantee a room until we attempt to
make the booking.

Staff accommodation generally costs between $40 and $60 per week – room only and
is usually on a share basis with communal facilities. If you pay rent or board where
you are living during the semester, you might be eligible for an accommodation
charge exemption. This receipt must be an „official‟ receipt that is written on
letterhead or stamped to indicate authenticity. You will need to provide a receipt/s or
other evidence to be eligible for this exemption. Your receipt must coincide with the
period for which you are claiming exemption. If you wish to make your own
arrangements elsewhere or do not require accommodation, you must advise the
Clinical School responsible for your placement so that your room can be allocated to
another student.

Commercial accommodation (caravan parks, holiday flats, hotels, motels etc) can be
expensive and you need to budget for meals and transport while you are on placement.
Students are advised to apply for scholarships to assist with placement costs. Please
see scholarship information on page 40.


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When you stay in staff/student accommodation, you must abide by the rules for that
facility. You are also strongly advised to read the University By-Laws in the
University of New England Handbook with regard to student conduct. Students who
cause difficulties or are the subject of complaints whilst staying in staff/student
accommodation will be asked to "show cause" as to why they should not be
withdrawn from the placement.


NOTE: Not paying bills.

Students who fail to settle their accommodation/meal account following clinical
placement will be unable to progress to further placements until payment has
been settled.

Finding accommodation for students is not the role of the Clinical School. Students
are responsible for finding their own accommodation if the health agency does not
provide it. Once you have secured your accommodation for the duration of your
placement, you must advise your Clinical Coordinator of your address and phone
number in case of emergency.



                                Transport and Parking
Students are required to arrange their own transport to and from clinical placement.
Students attending clinical placements in metropolitan centre‟s will need to have a
student transport concession card for use with the metropolitan public transport
systems. Concession cards can be organised through the UNE Student Centre and
must be organised prior to your departure for clinical placement.

During placements within metropolitan and larger regional health care facilities
students may be required to pay for parking and are advised to budget for this cost
prior to attending the placement. For example, Tamworth Rural Hospital charges
students $4.00 per day and metropolitan hospitals charge up to $50.00 per week.
Information regarding costs for parking at metropolitan health facilities is available
from the Clinical School or Area Health Service website.




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4. STUDENT PREPARATION FOR CLINICAL
   PLACEMENT
To be eligible to proceed to clinical placements students enrolled in the undergraduate
nursing programs must meet attendance criteria and must have the necessary
documents required by NSW Health.



                                    Attendance Criteria
The delivery of effective nursing care requires the integration of theory and practice.
Thus, effective nursing practice is underpinned by the acknowledgement that theory
learned in the classroom provides the basis for critical enquiry and skill development
that can be carried out in the clinical setting. It is therefore essential that the
University be assured that students have the necessary theoretical base for practice.
Students who do not meet the attendance requirements for lectures, tutorials and
laboratory sessions for clinical units will not be permitted to attend clinical
placements. Students who do not pass on campus pre clinical assessments or do
not attend these assessments will also not be permitted to proceed to clinical
placement.



                   Student Declaration/Fitness for Practice
All new students of the UNE undergraduate nursing degree will be required to
complete a Student Declaration form and return it to the Clinical Placement Manager
by the due date. Students must read the document carefully and sign it ensuring that
they fully understand and comply with all compulsory requirements for the clinical
component of the program. Students MUST complete the document prior to
commencement of their first clinical placement.

Students who are aware of any chronic or acute injuries, illnesses or other such issues
that may affect their safety in the clinical setting will be required to provide a Fitness
for Practice Certificate signed by their Medical Practitioner prior to commencement of
placement. Such causes include;
- serious illness, psychological condition or other such issue as;
     hospital admission;
     pregnancy;
     non seroconversion to vaccinations, contentious objection to vaccinations;
     injury or illness;
     workplace injury with restrictions of duties;
     mental illness.
You may also be required to provide documentation such as a medical report or
Workcover certificate. Your situation will be considered by the Clinical Coordinator-
Academic; Course Coordinator- Nursing and other such relevant staff. The individual
case and relevant documentation will be reviewed and filed in a confidential manner.




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                               Criminal Record Checks
All students are required to undergo a Criminal Record Check before undertaking
clinical placement. This is a requirement of NSW Health and is mandatory for all
personnel (including students on placement) practicing in New South Wales hospitals
and health care agencies. Absolute confidentiality is assured in the conduct of these
checks. The University facilitates these checks as prescribed by NSW Health.

At the start of semester one all beginning nursing students will be issued with a
Criminal Record Check Consent Form and a letter from NSW Health outlining this
requirement.

The Clinical School staff will guide students through completion of the Criminal
Record Check Form. Processing of record checks by NSW Health can take up to 8
weeks. Once processed the School of Health will receive notification and students will
be asked to collect their Criminal Record Clearance Card from the Clinical School
within the School of Health.

You will need to pay $30 to UNE finance (in the TC Lamble building) for your
Criminal Record Check and provide the Administration Assistants with a copy of the
receipt along with a copy of your student card and the completed Criminal History
Check form before the Criminal Record Check can be processed.

NSW Health are currently reviewing the policy for Criminal Record Checks. The
policy is expected to change in the coming months requesting that all personnel
(including students) complete a National Police Check. Until the policy is finalised,
students are required to continue with the current regulations of applying for a NSW
Health Criminal Record Check. However, any student due to undertake placement in a
NSW Aged Care Facility will be required to apply for National Police Clearance.
Please see the Clinical Placement Manager for further details if required.

Note: Any student who fails to complete the Criminal Record Check
requirements by the due date will be unable to proceed to clinical placement in
the designated period. This will normally result in Failure for the relevant
academic unit.

All students must take their original Criminal Record Check with them on each
clinical placement. Failure to present your original document may result in the
health agency denying you your placement. In the event of this occurring you
will undertake the relevant clinical placement at a time and in a venue
determined by the Clinical Placement Manager.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding Criminal Record Checks, please
discuss them with the Clinical Placement Manager. If you misplace your Criminal
Record Check, phone the Administration Assistants at the Clinical School on 02 6773
3680 or 6773 2420 and they can arrange for a replacement card which generally costs
around $30.00.


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                                 Child Protection Forms
Students will also be required to sign a Prohibited Employment Declaration Form.
This form once signed, is kept within the School of Health. However some health
services may require you to provide them with a copy or sign another form prior to
commencement of each clinical placement. The Clinical School will notify individual
students if this is a requirement.



                   Immunisation and Student Vaccinations

Students of nursing are considered to be Category A Health Care Workers and as such
must be appropriately vaccinated prior to entering any NSW Health Facility.

It is important for students to note the following:

Students who are unable to demonstrate that they meet NSW Health vaccination
requirements will be unable to undertake clinical placement and will not be able
to progress through the undergraduate nursing course.

Below is the current list of mandatory vaccinations and details regarding acceptable
documentation for same.

              Immunisation against specified infectious diseases
All Category A healthcare workers employed in the NSW public health sector are required to be
able to provide evidence of protection according to the following table. Health care students are
classified as Category A staff.


                                Acceptable evidence of protection against specified
                                infectious diseases includes a written record of
     Disease                    vaccination signed by the provider and/or serological
                                (blood test result) confirmation of protection. This
                                does not include a statutory declaration.
     Diphtheria, tetanus,       One documented dose of adult Diphtheria/tetanus/pertussis
     pertussis                  vaccine (dTpa).

     Hepatitis B                Documented evidence of a completed, age appropriate, course of
                                hepatitis B vaccine and documented evidence of anti-HBs >
                                10mlU/ml: or documented evidence of past hepatitis B infection
                                (anti-HBc).

     Measles, mumps,            Birth date before 1966: or documented evidence of 2 doses of
     rubella                    MMR vaccine at least one month apart: or documented evidence
                                of positive IgG for measles, mumps and rubella.

     TB                         All persons will need to be screened for TB (to exclude active TB
                                and establish baseline TB status) by local Chest Clinic/Area Health

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                               Service accredited TST provider.

     Varicella                 History of chickenpox; or documentation of physician diagnosed
     (chickenpox)              shingle: or documented evidence of a positive varicella IgG; or
                               documented evidence of age appropriate varicella vaccination.


Further information is available at www.health.nsw.gov.au/ohs_vaccination
This is in accordance with Government policy PD2006_006 for staff, including RNs and health
care students.
(NSW Health Infection Control policy PD 2007_036)



                    Compulsory Vaccinations for Clinical Placement
                                In Plain Language


Acceptable evidence of protection against specified infectious diseases includes;
 a written record of vaccination signed by a Medical Practitioner, and/or
 serological confirmation of protection (via blood test).
 NB: The Health Facility may require further evidence of protection e.g. serology, if
  vaccination record does not contain vaccine brand and batch or official
  certification from vaccination provider (e.g. clinic/practice stamp).

Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis – one adult dose of diphtheria / tetanus / pertussis
vaccine (whooping cough) (dTpa- NOT ADT). Childhood vaccines and serology
will not be accepted.

Hepatitis
Hepatitis B is given in three doses and is mandatory for health care workers.
      Students are required to complete the course and have documented
      serology results. Health Services require students who are in their second year
      of study to be fully compliant with this policy. It is an expectation that ALL
      direct entry Endorsed Enrolled Nurses are also compliant with this prior to
      commencement of their first clinical placement (i.e. have completed the
      Hepatitis B course with documented serology).

       The second dose of vaccine needs to be administered four - six weeks after the
       first dose and the third dose needs to be five months after the second dose.
       Four weeks after you have completed your three vaccinations you will need to
       make an appointment with your local doctor for blood tests to ensure that you
       have seroconverted (i.e. that you have immunity) and the results of your blood
       test need to be attached to your vaccination record card. If you have already
       been vaccinated for Hepatitis B then you will need to have blood results that
       confirm your seroconversion.

Twinrix-Hepatitis A&B
      If you have never been vaccinated for Hepatitis then your Doctor may offer
      you the Twinrix vaccine, which is a combination of the Hepatitis A and

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       Hepatitis B vaccine. Hepatitis A is not a compulsory vaccination for nursing
       students but if you intend to travel overseas or work in high-risk clinical areas
       upon your graduation then this will be beneficial for you.
Measles Mumps and Rubella (MMR) - involves two doses given four weeks apart.
You will need to have this if you have no record of having had this as a baby.
Serology information is a preferred requirement for evidence of immunity.
Students must demonstrate immunity to all three diseases.

Varicella (Chicken Pox) – involves two doses at least four weeks apart (evidence of
one dose is sufficient if you were vaccinated before fourteen years of age). If you have
had Chicken Pox then you will not need this vaccination, however, you will need to
show evidence of immunity either by way of serology results - or acceptably
documented history of disease by a Medical Practitioner.

Tuberculosis Screening (TB) – currently NSW Health are reviewing their policies
regarding tuberculin skin testing (TST). TST screening is required if a person was
born in or has resided for more than three months in a high incidence country. Please
contact the Clinical Placement Manager for information regarding countries of high
incidence for which TST screening may be required. If required, TST will be
organised for you by the School of Health during your time on campus in the first
semester. The Public Health Unit in the Hunter New England Health Service will
conduct the testing and this will be free of charge. You will need to advise the Clinical
Placement Manager if you believe you may require TST screening. You will then be
advised of the date and time of the skin testing.

If you have been recently vaccinated with a live vaccine (MMR) then you will
need to wait four weeks before having TB screening.


                           Highly Recommended Vaccinations for
                                    Clinical Placement

Influenza - This vaccination is given yearly and is often not available until autumn.
Whilst you are on campus you can make an appointment at the UNE Medical Centre
to have this vaccination. This is not a requirement, but it is strongly recommended.

Meningicoccal – one dose only. This vaccination is highly recommended for heath
care workers and if you were born during or after 1984 then you are entitled to be
vaccinated against meningococcal free of charge.

Hepatitis A is given in two doses, six months apart.


Students will be issued with a Vaccination Record Card at the commencement of the
first year of the nursing program, for documentation of their vaccination history. This
card must be made available to the health service prior to the commencement of
clinical placements and failure to do so may result in cancellation of your clinical
placement by the Health Service. Should you misplace your vaccination card a
replacement card can be obtained from the Clinical School. The Clinical School



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recommend you make several photocopies of your vaccination card in case you
misplace the original.




       PLEASE NOTE: HEALTH AGENCIES WHERE YOU WILL BE
       UNDERTAKING CLINICAL PLACEMENTS CAN REFUSE
       YOUR PLACEMENT BASED ON YOUR IMMUNISATION
       RECORD AND IF YOU FAIL TO PRODUCE THE NECESSARY
       DOCUMENTATION.

Students may be asked by the health agency to send copies of their vaccination status
to the health service 4 - 8 weeks prior to commencement of their placement. The
Clinical School will notify students of this requirement and will facilitate students in
meeting this requirement.

The onus for provision of the necessary documentation rests entirely with the student.
The University will NOT pursue students who fail to provide the information.

Conscientious objectors to vaccinations must submit a signed letter stating their
position to the Clinical Placement Manager, at the commencement of first semester.

NO ADDITIONAL OR SUPPLEMENTARY PLACEMENTS WILL BE
ORGANISED WHEN A STUDENT DOES NOT COMPLY WITH THE NSW
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH VACCINATION POLICY AND IS UNABLE
TO COMPLETE THE CLINICAL PLACEMENT IN THE USUAL
SCHEDULED PERIOD.

If students have any questions or concerns relating to immunisation please
discuss this directly with the Clinical Placement Manager.


                                  First Aid Certificates
Students who do not possess a current first aid certificate will be required to attend a
certified First Aid Course prior to commencement of clinical placement (with the
exception of direct entry Endorsed Enrolled Nurses). This can be arranged through the
Clinical School at an approximate cost of $135. Please notify the Clinical Placement
Manager at the commencement of semester one if you need to complete the UNE
arranged course.

Direct Entry Endorsed Enrolled Nurses must demonstrate evidence of current CPR.




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5. DURING CLINICAL PLACEMENTS

                                 Professional Conduct
During your clinical placement experience you are expected to work in professional
manner and uphold the standards of the nursing profession. You are also an
ambassador for UNE and a guest in health care facilities, as such you must be aware
of and display an appropriate professional appearance, attitude and conduct during
each of your clinical placements. Unprofessional conduct will not be tolerated during
your clinical placement and may result in failure of the clinical component of your
unit.



                              Student Code of Conduct
Students are required to comply with The University of New England Act of 1993 and
with the University of New England Rules. Both are included in The University of
New England Handbook.

Students must comply with all health agency polices and procedure manuals and
adhere to all protocols during their placement as well as protocols stated in this
student information booklet.



                                       Confidentiality
Breaches of confidentiality have both ethical and legal ramifications and will be dealt
with accordingly, by both the health agency and the University. Any information
concerning patients/clients must be treated as strictly confidential. Professional issues
related to the management of health care agencies and/or the staff members employed
therein are also to be treated as strictly confidential. Such information and issues are
not to be discussed outside of the health service in which you have been placed.

Lists, documents, papers and notes related to patient/clients or any other topics related
to the health agency are confidential and should be carefully destroyed by shredding,
before leaving the agency. They are not to be dropped into public waste bins or used
as scrap paper for shopping lists. Be sure to destroy all such material thoroughly
before discarding it.

Students are not permitted to discuss confidential matters by any means;
including via Facebook or Twitter.

Students have a legal and moral obligation to maintain confidentiality. The legal and
ethical responsibilities to ensure privacy and confidentiality for clients/patients and
agencies begin in your student days and will remain with you throughout your
professional life.



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                                        Accountability
Whilst on clinical placement, students are directly accountable to the Clinical
Coordinator- Academic and must be under the supervision of a Registered Nurse or
Clinical Facilitator.

If any problem arises, the student should refer the matter to the Clinical Partner or the
Clinical Facilitator and to the Clinical Coordinator- Academic or Clinical Placement
Manager. If the Clinical Partner is not available, problems should be referred to the
Nursing Unit Manager (NUM) and the Clinical Coordinator- Academic. If the Clinical
Coordinator- Academic cannot be contacted, the matter may be referred to the Clinical
Placement Manager or Course Coordinator - Nursing.

The Clinical Coordinator- Academic or Clinical Placement Manager must be notified
if the normal course of a clinical placement is altered in any way or if there is any
problem during clinical placement in relation to the student, partner, facilitator, other
staff, NUM or patients/clients.



                                           Punctuality
Students are required to notify their Partner/Facilitator and the clinical area where they
are rostered if they expect to be late for any shift.

Being punctual is considered an important element of a satisfactory practical
evaluation and demonstrates professionalism.

If a student is late more than once during a clinical placement without an acceptable
justification, they will be asked to "show cause" as to why they should not be
withdrawn from the placement. Students withdrawn from a placement will be required
to redo the entire placement at a later date or they may be failed in the nursing unit(s)
to which the placement is related.


                                           Counselling
There may be times during your clinical placement when you may be confronted with
unpleasant or stressful situations, such as the death of a client or grieving relatives.
These situations can be extremely stressful, especially for the inexperienced nurse. If
this should occur it is recommended that you talk to the Clinical Placement Manager,
Clinical Coordinator- Academic, your Partner/Facilitator or another nurse of your
choosing, if this is appropriate. The Clinical Coordinator- Academic is always
available for emergency debriefing. If you would prefer to discuss the matter with a
trained counselor you can either contact the staff counselor of the agency in which you
are placed or one of the UNE student counselors. You may contact the preferred
person directly or ask your Clinical Partner/Facilitator, Clinical Placement Manager,
Clinical Coordinator- Academic or another nurse to make an appointment for you.

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                                  Academic Assistance
The Clinical Coordinator- Academic has a role in the academic encouragement and
support of students whilst they are on practical placement. She can assist you with
research, academic writing, study techniques, exam techniques and can offer you
general academic advice on request.
Note: You are advised to consult the Unit Coordinator when academic queries
relate to specific unit content and requirements.

Students are not permitted to undertake academic work whilst on shift in clinical
placement times unless authorised by your Clinical Partner or Facilitator.
Clinical placement times are practical periods and designed to provide hands on
experience and skill advancement.



                                      Library Services
Students on practical placements can access off-campus library services at the
University's Dixson Library. If you wish to use this service, you need to make
arrangements at the library before you leave Armidale.

If you take Dixson Library material away with you, remember that you are subject to
the same rules and conditions that apply while you are on campus. This means that
books you have borrowed must be renewed or returned by the due date. If you have an
overdue book in your possession whilst away on placement, it is your responsibility to
arrange postage back to Dixson Library. Loan renewals on books can be made by
phoning the Off Campus Request Service or Telephone Renewals.

Dixson Library Information Desk                                 02 6773 2458
Telephone Renewals                                              02 6773 2167
Off Campus Request Service (Available to 3rd
                                             02 6773 3124
year students only)

Students placed in agencies in the Armidale area can make use of all the services
available on campus.

The Hunter New England Area Health Service (HNEAHS)- Tamworth Base
Hospital Library is situated at the University Department of Rural Health building
located in the grounds of Tamworth Base Hospital. The library has an extensive range
of journals and the librarian is happy to help with CD ROM searches - Medline &
CINAHL. Access to the Internet is available whist in Tamworth. Students are required
to read the HNEAHS Policy on access to and use of Internet services and complete
forms to enable access to the Internet whilst on placement in Tamworth. These forms
are available from the UNE Tamworth Clinical Nursing Centre.


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There are three IBM compatible PCs available for students. A photocopier is available
for student use for a small fee. There is also a study room available. Booking of this
room will be discussed at Orientation - for those students placed at Tamworth.

Access to computers is also available at Tamworth UNE Regional Centre. The
UNE access centre in Tamworth has computers available for students living in
Tamworth or during their clinical placement. The access centre is located in Fitzroy
Street, Tamworth, opposite the post office. The access centre is open Monday to
Friday and Saturday 10am to 2pm. Students need to bring their student identification
card and supply own discs and paper.



                                    UNE Access Centres
UNE in partnership with the New England Institute of TAFE offers access to modern
communication technology and enhanced tertiary education opportunities in the New
England region through ten Access Centres equipped with the latest information
technology infrastructure.

UNE Access Centres are co-located with TAFE campuses in the following towns:-
Coonabarabran, Glen Innes, Gunnedah, Inverell, Moree, Narrabri, Quirindi and
Tenterfield. In addition UNE also operates Access Centres in the central business
districts of Tamworth and Taree.

Facilities available at these centres are as follows:-

   Computers with Internet access and Microsoft programs
   Access to UNE‟s on-line units, library facilities, and UNE support services
   Printer
   Tandberg Video Conferencing unit
   Direct phone line to UNE
   Student skills workshops available in each Centre
   Study area available for reading/meeting with other students.
   Academic support via video conferencing for some units.
   Emergency duress button.

List of Addresses for UNE Access Centres:-

Staffed Centres

UNE Tamworth Centre, “Peel House”, 24 Fitzroy Street
UNE Manning Valley Centre, Shop 4, 91 Manning Street, TAREE

Non Staffed Centres 24/7 Access via pin code

UNE Access Centre, Coonabarabran, TAFE Campus, Robertson Street
UNE Access Centre, Glen Innes, Grey Street (Severn Learning Centre)
UNE Access Centre, Gunnedah, TAFE Campus
UNE Access Centre, Inverell, TAFE Campus, Evans Street
UNE Access Centre, Moree, TAFE Campus, Froome Street
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UNE Access Centre, Narrabri, TAFE Campus, Barwon Street
UNE Access Centre, Quirindi, TAFE Campus, Henry Street
UNE Access Centre, Tenterfield, TAFE Campus, High Street

To organise a pin code for centres other then Tamworth and Taree, students must
contact Frances Munro- Access Centres Operations Manager/Student Support Project
Officer.
Telephone:    02 67 73 4439 or 0417 678 144
Email:        frances.munro@une.edu.au.




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6. GROOMING STANDARDS

                                            Uniforms
UNE clinical placement uniforms must be worn at all times whilst on clinical
placement including identification badge. However, there may be areas where you are
permitted to wear casual clothes. The Clinical School will advise you about whether
you will be required to wear a uniform.
There is an official supplier of UNE clinical uniforms. The UNE shirt can be
purchased from the UNE Shop. Other items of clothing can be purchased from most
clothing retail stores. The UNE clinical uniform consists of:
 For women:                                             For men:
  Navy skirt, culottes or long pants                    Navy trousers or shorts
   (no shorts)                                           Navy blue UNE Logo shirt (cost
  Navy blue striped UNE Logo shirt                       approx $70).
   (cost approx $70).                                    Black or brown lace up shoes
  Black, navy or brown lace-up shoes                     (not joggers).
   (not joggers)                                         A navy blue vest or jumper may also
  Neutral tone or navy stockings or                      be worn if necessary.
   socks.
  A navy blue vest, cardigan or jumper
   may be worn if necessary.
  No low rise pants or mini skirts

All students are required to obtain the following items for clinical placements:

 A nurse's watch with a second hand sweep                    A small note book
 A pair of surgical scissors                                 A black, blue, green & red biro

A Nursing Kit consisting of stethoscope, goggles and scissors can be ordered and
purchased from the UNE bookshop. Various health services request that students
bring their own protective eyewear, (e.g. goggles to the clinical placement venue). For
placements in Community Health agencies, you will need a hat if you are participating
in outdoor activities.

All uniforms must be freshly laundered and in good condition at all times.



                                     Student ID Badges
During each of your clinical placements you will be required to wear an Identification
Badge that identifies you as a UNE Student Nurse and which includes your photo.
Students will receive their student card from the Safety and Security Office at the start
of their studies; this card will also indicate that they are a student nurse. This single
card will be sufficient ID for clinical placement. There is no initial cost of your ID
card however a replacement fee of $15 will be charged if you require a new one. Your

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UNE Student ID card must be visible at all times whether a uniform is required
or not.




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                                             Jewellery
In the interests of Occupational Health and Safety, and according to NSW Health
infection control policy PD2007_036 2.1.1.7, jewellery must be kept to a minimum,
this includes facial piercing. In order to facilitate proper hand washing, hand and
wrist jewellery including wristwatches must not be worn whilst delivering direct
patient care, however wristwatches may be pinned to clothing. You must remove loop
earrings or necklaces and facial piercing for the duration of your clinical placement.
Generally the wearing of a flat banned ring such as a wedding band is acceptable
during clinical placement times. Health service staff will ask you to remove any
unnecessary jewellery and you may be asked to leave the placement should you not
comply with Health Service policy regarding this matter.



                                                Nails
Nails are to be neatly trimmed and should be no longer than finger length in the
interest of occupational health and safety. The NSW Health Infection Control Policy
PD2007_036 2.1.1.7, states that “Healthcare workers involved in direct patient care,
sterilizing services and laboratory staff must not wear artificial fingernails, nail
extenders or any nail enhancements (for example, painting, varnish or nail art).
Natural fingernail tips should be less than 0.5cm long.” Wearing acrylic nails is not
acceptable during clinical placement due to occupational and safety issues. Subdued
nail polish may be worn.



                                      Personal Hygiene
Students should be mindful that they will be required to provide close personal care
and as such maintenance of their own personal hygiene is imperative during clinical
placements.

Hair must be clean and tidy. Long hair must be tied back and men should be cleanly
shaven, beards should be neatly trimmed and it is not advisable to grow a beard during
your placement.



                                  Make up and Perfume
Makeup and perfume if worn should be discreet and reflect and promote a
professional image.



                                             Footwear



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Occupational health and safety standards require that students attending clinical
placement must have closed in shoes at all times. Shoes should have non-slip soles
and heels and be in good condition. Sneakers, sandals, and riding boots are not
acceptable during clinical placement.



                Mobile Phones & Other Electronic Devices
Students are not permitted to carry a mobile phone or other electronic devices (such as
I Pods) with them whilst on clinical placement. You are permitted to access these
devices whilst on designated break time only. If it is imperative that you can be
reached by mobile phone (emergency only) you must gain permission from your
Clinical Partner or Facilitator to carry it on your person. Students will be asked to
„show cause‟ if they do not adhere to this requirement and may in turn receive a result
of Failed for that placement due to unprofessional conduct.



                                             Smoking
You are reminded that whilst participating in clinical practice, you must adhere to the
rules and regulations that apply to regular staff in relation to smoking in the
workplace. You may only leave the practice setting to smoke during scheduled breaks
times e.g. lunch and morning tea.

Note: All health services have banned smoking on hospital grounds; they are now
classified as „Smoke Free Zones‟.



                            Workplace Health and Safety
During clinical placements all students are obliged to work under the Workplace
Health and Safety Act 2000 to facilitate and uphold health and safety. As a student
attending clinical placement within health care facilities you are expected to;-

   Work safely at all times within the work environment
   Cooperate and follow reasonable instructions
   Wear, use and care for protective equipment where provided
   Not willfully endanger the safety of yourself or others
   Refer to policy /procedure manuals for guidance
   Refer to the registered nurse with whom you are rostered for guidance and advice
    regarding Workplace Health & Safety.


                                      Infection Control
All students must be familiar with and comply with the NSW Health Infection Control
Policy found at www.health.nsw.gov.au/policies/index.asp


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Standard precautions require that the blood and body substances of all patients be
considered potential sources of infection, independent of the diagnosis or perceived
risk. The most important precaution is effective hand washing, however gloves must
be worn for any direct or indirect contact with body fluids of any type. Gowns, aprons,
masks and protective eyewear must be worn whenever splattering or splashing of body
fluids is anticipated. Students must read and be familiar with the infection control
manuals within the clinical areas in which they are working.



                                   Needle Stick Injuries
Each health agency that you will attend will adhere to NSW Health policy concerning
"Needle Stick Injuries". It is important that you report a "needle stick injury"
immediately and to follow the policy of NSW Health and the health agency in which
you are located. Counselling following a "needle stick injury" is available and is
strongly recommended. For information about how to obtain counselling, see
COUNSELLING on Page 28. If you do experience such an injury, report it
immediately to your Clinical Partner, Clinical Facilitator and the Clinical Placement
Manager or the Clinical Coordinator- Academic.


Students are advised to refer to the following documents:
    Nurses Act 1991 - Regulation 1995 No 221 - relating to Infection Control
     Standards in NSW.
    NSW Health Infection Control Policy PD2007_036.
    Infection Control Policy, Management of Reportable Incidents, PD2005-203
     found at www.health.nsw.gov.au/policies/a-2/1.asp.



                                   Injuries & Accidents
If you are injured during your placement you must follow the procedures set by the
Health Agency in which you are located. Report your injury immediately to your
Clinical Partner/Facilitator and to the Clinical Placement Manager or Clinical
Coordinator- Academic. If you do receive an injury, you should be directed to
complete an incident report. Any incident report completed during your placement
should be copied and provided to the Clinical Placement Manager, so it can go on
record for UNE OH&S.

It is very important that the University has a current telephone number and address of
a contact person so that the University can inform them in case of an accident or
injury.



                          Fire Drill & Other Emergencies
Most hospitals and health agencies require staff (including student nurses) to attend
fire drills and/or training such as CPR/manual handling. This may be included as part
of your Orientation provided on your first day of each placement.

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                                         Orientation
Wherever possible, an Orientation Day will be held for students on their first day of
their placement. In some instances the Clinical Partner, Clinical Facilitator, Nurse
Unit Manager or some other suitable person will provide this. Orientation can include
information regarding Fire & Safety Issues, Manual Handling, Infection Control
Policies and a tour of the agency. Student rosters will indicate if an Orientation Day is
to be included with an "OD" marked on the first day of the roster. Students required to
attend an orientation will be provided with details of time and location by the Clinical
School. Attendance at orientation sessions is compulsory and is included in your
clinical hours.



                                         Medications
Policies exist at each health agency in relation to the administration of medications.
These polices are based on NSW Health regulations. Students need to be familiar with
and adhere to the NSW Health Medication Handling policy in NSW public hospitals
PD_2007-077, found at www.health.nsw.gov.au/policies/a-z/m.asp. The University
standards are also based on the NSW Health regulations. Students are issued with a
Scope of Practice list whilst on each clinical placement (in the Clinical Record Book);
which stipulates what you are permitted and not permitted to do whilst on placement.
Students must ensure they are aware of the limitations placed upon them in respect to
administration of medications. Students who fail to abide by these guidelines will be
asked to "show cause" as to why they should not be withdrawn from the placement.

If you are unsure of any issue in relation to the administration of medications, refer to
the Clinical Placement Manager or Clinical Coordinator- Academic.
Students are reminded they must be directly supervised by an RN when
administering medication and to follow NSW Health and individual Health
Service policy.



                                 Ward Phone Protocol
Students are NOT permitted to take pathology results by telephone, phone orders or
discuss a patient condition with persons (including doctors) over the phone. Calls
should be referred to the appropriate ward staff.



                                Leaving the Placement



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Students are not to leave their placement without first obtaining permission from their
Clinical Partner or Clinical Facilitator and the Clinical Placement Manager. This
includes going to another ward or to the Operating Theatre.




                                               Illness
You should not participate in clinical practice if you are ill. If you fall ill during your
placement, you must advise your Clinical Partner/Facilitator and Clinical Placement
Manager and must seek appropriate health care. For any days you are absent due to
illness you will be required to provide a medical certificate. If you have more
than one day of sick leave whilst on placement you will be required to make up
the time. Failure to provide a medical certificate will result in a student having to
make up time missed no matter the amount of time absent from placement. In
some cases, medical clearance may be necessary before you resume your placement.

In the case of long-term acute or chronic illness or other such cause (including
pregnancy) you will be required to have a Medical Practitioner complete a Fitness for
Practice certificate clearing you for duties of clinical placement. Please discuss any
queries or concerns with the Clinical Placement Manager, as she will be able to direct
you appropriately.



                                      Leave of Absence
If you require leave during your placement for compassionate leave or some other
reason, you must advise your Clinical Partner/Facilitator and the Clinical Placement
Manager. If days missed are not made up before the end of the placement, a special
"Make - Up" placement will need to be organised and Special Extension of Time
(SET) application submitted as per the UNE Assessment Policy. In the normal course
of events, students are prohibited from working in excess of seven days straight during
any one placement. If you believe that this will be necessary to complete your
placement, you will need to obtain permission from the Clinical Placement Manager.



                                     Sexual Harassment
All health agencies have strict policies concerning Sexual Harassment. You are
advised to read these policies and to abide by them. Any incident of sexual harassment
should be reported and should never be regarded as acceptable in the clinical practice
setting or any other setting including nurses‟ quarters and other accommodation.



                                     Safety and Security
Students must follow health service safety and security policies. This includes
students staying in hospital accommodation. Students found breaching security or

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safety policies will be asked to „show cause‟ as to why they should proceed with
clinical placement. Maintaining the safety of staff, patients and students is essential.
Always park you car in allocated staff parking areas and do not keep valuables in your
car. Use car safety devices such as steering locks during your clinical placement. If
working an afternoon shift always leave with other staff members or ask the security
officer to walk you to your car. Please look out for each other.

                               Problems & Difficulties
If you feel uncomfortable with any aspect of your clinical placement or what is
expected of you whilst on placement, you must contact the Clinical Placement
Manager or Clinical Coordinator- Academic immediately. Another practice area or
another Clinical Partner/Facilitator may be all that is required.

The Clinical Coordinator- Academic can act as a mediator in instances where you are
in conflict with other nursing staff. The Clinical Coordinator- Academic is available
for consultation on issues that are related to your clinical practice and your adjustment
to the clinical environment. All dealings with the Clinical Placement Manager or
Clinical Coordinator- Academic in relation to grievances and academic or clinical
counselling are strictly on a need to know basis – i.e. the Clinical Placement Manager
or Clinical Coordinator- Academic will only discuss aspects of the issues raised with
personnel who may need to be aware of an issue.

You may also contact the Course Coordinator - Nursing to discuss problems or
difficulties.




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7. CLINICAL PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT AND
EVALUATION

                                    Student Assessment
Students will be required to have assessments completed during clinical placements.
Assessment forms will be provided in your Clinical Record Book, which is given to
you prior to each semesters clinical placement. Some units also have academic
assessment which is linked to placement experience.

The students‟ designated Clinical Partner/Facilitator will be required to complete a
student assessment and a student attendance sheet. Where a Clinical Facilitator is
employed it will be expected that the Clinical Partner and Clinical Facilitator will
complete these together. The final determination of pass or fail in a clinical placement
rests with the Clinical Coordinator- Academic and Course Coordinator- Nursing. The
Clinical Coordinator- Academic or the Course Coordinator- Nursing may seek
informal feedback from clinical staff concerning student performance.

Note: Where inconsistencies exist in verbal or written reports regarding clinical
performance the Clinical Placement Manager or Clinical Coordinator- Academic
may investigate and gather evidence from the Nurse Unit Manager or Nurse
Educator regarding the students clinical performance.



                                   Clinical Record Book
Your Clinical Record Book is an account of your progress in the clinical settings that
you attend during your Undergraduate Nursing Course. It is an important document
because when completed, it will provide documentary evidence of your clinical
performance throughout your preparation for nursing registration/enrollment.
You must attend each scheduled placement, complete the required number of hours,
achieve the required standard and complete and submit your Clinical Record book in
order to pass the units of study in which you are enrolled. This policy reflects the
connection between nursing theory and practice to which the University of New
England is fully committed.

Failure to submit correctly completed Clinical Record Book documents within one
week of completion of your clinical placement may result in delayed results or a
Failure Incomplete (NI) being awarded for the unit to which the placement relates.

 Keep your Clinical Record Book with you at all times during your clinical
  placements. Look after it. Keep it clear from food and drinks. Do not deface your
  Clinical Record Book in any way.
 Do not remove any pages from your Clinical Record Book
 Ensure that your documents have been completed by a Registered Nurse, who has
  signed & dated where appropriate. Clinical record books completed by staff other


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   then your facilitator, preceptor or Nurse Unit Manager will not be accepted and
   may result in an unsatisfactory grade for the unit to which to placement was
   related.

Carefully follow the instructions provided in the book to ensure that each document is
correctly completed and signed.

On completion of your clinical placement, your Clinical Record Book must be
delivered to the Clinical School. Should you send any Clinical Record Books through
the post, keep a copy of each page in case the Book goes missing.

Once received at the Clinical School, your Clinical Record Book is marked by the
Clinical Placement Manager and the information in your book is entered into the
School of Health's computer system. This ensures that the School has a record of the
clinical attendance and performance of each student who has participated in clinical
placements. The number of hours spent in each location is also recorded and tallied
each semester.

Your Clinical Record Book is your responsibility. You must make sure you take it
with you on every placement. You must ensure that your Partner/Facilitator completes
and signs all the necessary pages. Students are required to present their clinical record
book to their Clinical Facilitator/Clinical Partner on the first day of their placement.
You must organise to deliver your completed book to the Clinical School immediately
upon completion of the placement.

Whilst on Clinical placement if no one is available to complete your Clinical
Record Book, contact the Clinical Placement Manager or Clinical Coordinator-
Academic and they will negotiate with the agency for a report to be completed
and forwarded to the university.

Clinical documents are a record of your placement and performance. Any detected
falsification or forgery of these documents will be viewed extremely seriously and the
student will be asked to „show cause‟ as to why they should not be excluded from the
Nursing Course and the matter may be communicated to the NMB, NSW.



                     Formative & Summative Evaluation
A formative evaluation is one that takes place whilst a student is still undertaking a
placement. A summative appraisal is given at the end of a clinical placement. Where a
student(s) performance gives rise to concern it is expected that these concerns will be
raised with the student(s) at the time they are encountered. In the case of Clinical
Partners the concerns should be raised with the Clinical Coordinator- Academic who
will provide the student with a written evaluation based on the observations of the
Clinical Partner. Alternatively, the Clinical Partner may complete this evaluation.
When a Clinical Facilitator is employed the Facilitator will provide a written
formative evaluation to the student and the Clinical Coordinator- Academic.




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                              Clinical Placement Results
Results for the units that are relevant and concurrent to the clinical placement will not
be processed until the placement is complete. This means that if you don't hand in
your correctly completed Clinical Record Book at the end of your placement, the unit
result will be deemed as being incomplete and you will be given a FAILED -
INCOMPLETE (NI) grade. This will be recorded on your academic transcript until the
assessments have been completed and submitted with a satisfactory result. Students
doing "make-up" placement will also have their results for the relevant unit withheld
pending the satisfactory completion of the "make-up" placement. Where there is any
inconsistency in a students report, e.g. a difference of view on the student‟s
performance this will be fully investigated by the Clinical Coordinator- Academic and
Course Coordinator- Nursing and a decision made regarding the student‟s result.



                                           Progression
If a student is unsuccessful in gaining a satisfactory report for their clinical placement,
a fail grade will be awarded in the academic units to which the placement relates.
Students will then be required to repeat these units when they are next offered.

Students who do not successfully complete or meet clinical placement
requirements for nursing units of study are unable to progress to other units of
study that have clinical placement components. For example, when progressing
from 1st year to 2nd year the pre-requisites are that students must successfully
complete either HSNS 112 or HSNS 113. It is a requirement that students have
satisfactorily completed the clinical component of the first year nursing units before
being permitted to enter the 2nd year nursing clinical units.

Students may receive an unsatisfactory result for their clinical practice from their
Clinical Partner/Facilitator or the Clinical Coordinator- Academic in any of the
following areas:
      clinical performance/problems
      failure to meet relevant/appropriate ANMC National Competency Standards
      unsatisfactory attendance
      unsafe practice
      unethical and/or unprofessional conduct
      failure to submit correctly completed Clinical Record Books within one (1)
       week of completion of Clinical Practice
      failure to comply with any of the guidelines set out in this booklet
      failure to comply with NSW Health policy and directives during their clinical
       placements.

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Students are not to compromise patient safety by acting beyond or outside their
level of education and nursing experience. To do so will result in placement
failure, if an incident of this nature is reported to the University.

Therefore, it is the student’s responsibility to know and understand the skills
they can perform during clinical placement and to show their Clinical Record
Book to the Clinical Partner to confirm the skills that can be performed. If
students are unsure about the skills they are allowed to perform during clinical
placement, they are to contact the Clinical Placement Manager or Clinical
Coordinator- Academic.



                                      Unsafe Practice
Unsafe practice refers to acts or omissions that jeopardise the physical safety or
psycho-emotional well being of patients/clients. If a student is deemed to be an unsafe
practitioner, the following occurs:
 If the Clinical Partner/Facilitator feels that the student demonstrates unsafe
   practice, the Partner will liaise with the Clinical Coordinator- Academic. After
   discussions between the Clinical Coordinator- Academic, the Course Coordinator -
   Nursing, the Partner, the Nursing Unit Manager or supervisor/manager and the
   student, a decision will be made concerning the immediate continuation of the
   student's clinical placement.

If the clinical placement is ceased:
 During the next 24 - 48 hours, discussions involving all relevant persons will be
    held in order that a decision can be made concerning the student's progress.
 A report will be forwarded to the Course Coordinator- Nursing who, in
    consultation with the Clinical Coordinator- Academic will review the situation and
    act accordingly.
Students have the right of appeal via the Head of the School of Health if they are not
satisfied with this process.



                                    Clinical Challenge
In cases where a student is deemed to have demonstrated unsatisfactory clinical
practice, or where there are anomalies or inconsistencies in the student‟s clinical
documentation, the student may be required to undertake a clinical challenge. This
requires the student to undertake a supplementary clinical placement of at least one
week‟s duration in which time the student's clinical performance will be carefully
monitored. This placement will be undertaken in a venue determined by the Clinical
Coordinator- Academic and the Course Coordinator– Nursing. At the completion of
the clinical challenge a detailed report of the student's performance will be written and
discussed with the student, who will also be given the opportunity to comment.

A clinical challenge will be undertaken under the supervision of a Facilitator, Clinical
Partner or a University Lecturer.

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Action taken following a clinical challenge will depend upon the report and may
include failure in the associated academic nursing units and/or counselling with
respect to continuation in the course.



                                      Clinical Contract
A clinical learning contract may be initiated when deficiencies are perceived in the
student‟s clinical performance. The contract comprises a series of individualised
clinical learning and/or clinical practice objectives, which the student must
satisfactorily complete. The Clinical Coordinator- Academic determines this. A
clinical contract may be initiated as part of a clinical challenge and/or it may be
initiated for the student‟s next clinical placement.



                                    Clinical Transcripts
A clinical transcript is a detailed report of each of the practical placements you
complete. The information for these reports is compiled from your Clinical Record
Book. You can request a copy of your clinical transcript for any of the practical
placements you have completed from the Clinical School. You may like a copy of
your transcripts to put with your career profile when you apply for a position.

When making a request for a copy of a clinical transcript, you must present your
student ID card. Transcripts will not be given to other people to collect on your behalf.



                                    Make Up Placement
Students are expected to participate in all clinical placements organised for them and
to attend the health agency nominated in accordance with the roster provided.
However, in extenuating circumstances (such as illness or compassionate leave) a
student may be unable to complete the minimum number of days expected for a
placement. Students who fail to complete the minimum number of days expected may
be required to complete a "make-up" placement consisting of a minimum of five days.

Make-up placements will generally be arranged in either Armidale or Tamworth Rural
Referral Hospitals or possibly in the location of the original placement. Makeup
placement time and details is determined by the Clinical Placement Manager. It is the
responsibility of the student to follow up and discuss their placement needs with the
Clinical Placement Manager who will outline the process in completing their
placement. According to the UNE Special Assessment Policy, students may need to
apply for a Special Extension of Time (SET) if they are expected to be undertaking
semester requirements in and beyond the examination period. See details below.




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            Applying for a Special Extension of Time (SET)
According to the UNE Special Assessment Policy, a student who is unable to
complete designated semester requirements e.g. clinical placement prior to the first
day of the examination period will be required to apply for a Special Extension of
Time. Application forms can be obtained for the UNE website and must be submitted
to the Student Centre within five working days after the start of the relevant
examination period. All applications require supporting evidence such as a medical
certificate. Applications will not be considered unless students supply this evidence.

Applicants will receive a letter from the University stating the date of the Special
Extension of Time, if granted, after the Board of Examiners Meetings, which are
usually held 2 weeks after the end of the examination period. The maximum allowable
extension of time is to 31 August (for semester 1) and 31 January (for semester 2). For
more information on the UNE Special Assessment Policy go to
http://www.une.edu.au/policies/pdf/specialassessment/pdf.

Students need to be advised that if they are successful in having a Special Extension
of Time granted, the relevant semester results may not be processed until at least 1
month past the due date i.e. end of September (for semester 1) and end of February
(for semester 2). Graduating students must be particularly aware of this as it may delay
the registration/ recruitment process.



                     Student Clinical Placement Support
During clinical placement periods students and clinicians are supported by the Clinical
Coordinator- Academic in several ways. Firstly, The Clinical Coordinator- Academic
can be contacted via a mobile phone, 7 days a week during placement times. This is
necessary because students will be rostered on day, evening and weekend shifts.
Secondly, the Clinical Coordinator- Academic or Clinical Placement Manager aims to
conduct a visit to each health facility during clinical placement times. Video
conferencing with students and clinicians is also used if a site visit is not possible. In
addition, you can access information regarding clinical placement via the clinical
Sakai site or email the Clinical Placement Manager or Clinical Coordinator-
Academic directly.

Whenever possible, the Clinical Coordinator- Academic will organise a de-briefing
session at the end of your placement either as a group or one-on-one. This provides
students with an opportunity to communicate any issues that arose during placement
and to share successes, challenges and experiences with peers. It also provides the
Clinical School with a clear picture as to how a student experiences their placement.
Students placed at remote locations may be invited to "de-brief" with the Clinical
Coordinator- Academic by phone.




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      8. SCHOLARSHIPS & USEFUL NURSING WEBSITES


                      Nursing Undergraduate Scholarships
Commonwealth Scholarships


 Aged Care Nursing Scholarship – ($10,000/annum + academic skills resources,
online support and clinical mentor)
 Rural & Remote Nursing Scholarship – ($10,000/annum) + mentor program
 Indigenous Health Scholarship (Puggy Hunter Memorial) – ($15,000/annum)
 Enrolled Nurse to Registered Nurse Scholarship Scheme – ($5,000/annum)
http://www.ruralhealth.gov.au/scholarships/index.htm
http://www.rcna.org.au/pages/scholarships.php

 NSW Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Nursing Cadetship Program
($14,300/annum + vacation employment, employment on completion of the degree,
access to a clinical mentor, financial assistance with purchase of texts).
http://www.eeo.nsw.gov.au/indigenous/cadets/
OR
Doreen.Holm@hnehealth.nsw.gov.au


NSW Health Scholarships

 Rural Undergraduate Scholarship – First year students - ($5,000)
 NSW Aboriginal Scholarship Fund - ($10,000/annum)
 Rural Placements Grant
 Metropolitan Placements Grant
http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/nursing/scholar.html


UNE Scholarships

 Joblink Plus Nursing Scholarship (2nd year student) – ($5,000)
 Country Equity - Teaching & Nursing– ($5,000/annum)
 College Scholarships
 Sport UNE Scholarships ($500-$1,200)
 FEHPS Equity Scholarship ($800)
 FEHPS Residential College Scholarship ($6,000)
 Konica Fund Grants – final year students
http://study.une.edu.au/pages.php3?p=FISCHOL#undergrad




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                               Useful Nursing Websites
NSW Health

www.health.nsw.gov.au/nursing/career/html
   How to become a Registered nurse or Enrolled Nurse
   Salary Rates for nurses
   Career opportunities for nurses
   University courses in nursing
   Further (Postgraduate) studies available
   Code of ethics

NMB NSW

www.nmb.nsw.gov.au

NSW Nurses Association

www.nswnurses.asn.au



CONCLUSION

Understanding the information provided and complying with the requirements
outlined in this information booklet help to ensure that you have a rewarding and
valuable placement experience. Quality clinical experience is integral to the successful
preparation of students of nursing becoming professional nurses on their graduation
from the University of New England Undergraduate Nursing Courses.

You are encouraged to make the most of the clinical learning experiences you
encounter, to seek out learning experiences within your level of proficiency and to
think critically and reflectively about your own practice and the practice of your
colleagues.

It is hoped that your clinical placements will not only provide valuable learning but
also prove enjoyable.




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