Clinical practice with Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine

Clinical placements provide you with important opportunities to learn through direct experience. During placement, you will put your professional role, knowledge and skills into practice in authentic nursing, midwifery and paramedicine contexts. You will engage with people from diverse backgrounds, including other health professionals you may work alongside in the future.

Two midwifery students and a lecturer measuring a pregnant stomach

In the field, you will be representing yourself, your course or chosen profession, and Curtin. You are expected to demonstrate professional attitudes and behaviour at all times. As a student, you must satisfactorily complete all fieldwork activities, pass assessment requirements and demonstrate attributes associated with professional conduct. To facilitate this, you should refer to your unit outline, Blackboard and the fieldwork manual [.PDF 1MB], and read the important information on essential fieldwork requirements.

All Faculty of Health Sciences students enrolled in a Clinical Practice unit are required under the Department of Health’s Clinical Practice Agreement to submit proof of the mandatory health and legal clearances. The student requirements checklist [.PDF 220KB] may assist you in tracking completion of the requirements.

Upload all completed forms to SoNIA.

Note: Curtin students undertaking approved work/field experience may be covered under the University’s Personal Accident Insurance Policy in the event of injuries sustained while involved in authorised activities.

Tips for surviving your first year

Nursing

  • If you are having problems see your Unit Coordinator and/or your Year Leader before it affects your work – sooner is better than later, we are more than happy to help!
  • You will be allocated a student mentor, make contact with them – they can answer your questions.
  • Read your Unit Outlines.
  • Make sure you get your health and legal checks done by the appropriate date.
  • Manage your time well.
  • Plan when you will do your assessments.
  • Don’t leave work until the last minute – you lose marks if it is handed in late.
  • If you have a good reason and need an extension for an assignment, make sure you submit the request well in advance on the appropriate form which you will find on the Forms webpage.
  • Know what a supplementary paper/exam is and the date that it takes place.
  • An OCC is an official communication (email) from the University and is important, please read them.
  • Use your student email account when corresponding with the University – other email addresses may be recognised as SPAM and be deleted.
  • Check your Curtin student email often as Unit Coordinators will use this to contact you.
  • Read the announcements in your unit on Blackboard.

Midwifery

  • If you feel things are not going well contact your Unit Co-ordinator sooner rather than later. There is always a solution.
  • Share experiences with your fellow students – both good and bad – you will feel less alone. BUT don’t do it via Facebook or any social media.
  • Approach everything as an opportunity.
  • Don’t panic about your Portfolio – it is a learning document and it is okay not to get everything perfectly correct the first time.
  • Reflect, reflect, reflect.
  • Attend some of the professional activities that are promoted – study days, film nights, student forums.
  • Keep on top of your clinical screening requirements for clinical practice.
  • Get to know your clinical tutors well.
  • If you are given feedback you need to consider it. If you don’t understand it or agree with it, then come and see us.
  • Try to put the ‘numbers of things’ out of your mind and enjoy the journey!

Paramedicine

  • If you feel things are not going well contact your Unit Co-ordinator sooner rather than later. There is always a solution.
  • If it’s a course issue then speak to the Course Coordinator.
  • Activate and use your OASIS account and student email – it’s how the university keeps in contact with you.
  • An OCC is an official communication (email) from the University and is important, please read them as you will not necessarily receive a copy by post.
  • Your Unit Coordinator will use announcements on the relevant Blackboard site to make general communications about units of study so review these regularly.
  • Keep your contact details up to date.
  • Read and understand your Unit Outlines.
  • Look at when assignments and work is due, plan your time.
  • Don’t leave work until the last minute – you lose marks if it is handed in late.
  • Remember a university education is about more than just getting vocational training, take opportunities to experience university life.

Mentoring and student support

The role of mentor has been designed to assist International and RN Conversion students in their studies. The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine offers a student mentor and an academic mentor service as there is strong evidence that this type of assistance is positively correlated with academic success.

Student Mentor Support

The aim of the Student Mentor Program is to aid student transition into the School and to enhance university life. The Student Mentor will meet weekly with a group of new to course students and follow a set twelve week program to assist in the academic and social success of new to course students by advising them on learning and support services within the University.

Academic Mentor Support

The academic mentor is available to assist with problem solving and to provide guidance regarding additional learning and support services within the university.

Weekly mentoring sessions are offered to students to provide academic support. These sessions are designed to facilitate student success by providing interactive instructions on key study skills needed to achieve academic success. Group problem solving and participation is strongly encouraged. Attendance and participation at these sessions has been shown to significantly improve students success in their studies.

Contact

For further information please contact the School Office: Hlth-NursingStudentSupport@curtin.edu.au

If you are having a problem and it is preventing you from studying or meeting your deadlines, please don’t wait until you have missed the deadline or failed the test before going to see someone for help. Contact your Unit Coordinator for assistance.

Financial support and scholarships

AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT SCHOLARSHIPS

Administered by the AUSTRALIAN COLLEGE OF NURSING (ACN)

Visit the ACN website for information on the following schemes which are available for nurses and nursing students in Australia:

  • Aged Care Nursing Scholarships
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Health Scholarships
  • Nursing and Allied Health Scholarships and Support Schemes
  • Emergency Department Scholarships

GOVERNMENT OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH NURSING AND MIDWIFERY OFFICE

The Nursing and Midwifery Office website provides detailed information on the following:

  • Initial Registration Scholarships
  • Postgraduate Registration Scholarships
  • Fellowships

AUSTRALIAN COLLEGE OF MIDWIVES – AUSTRALIAN MIDWIFERY SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION (AMSF)

The AMSF provides scholarships for Registered Midwives. Visit the ACM website for information on assistance available to members.

AUSTRALIAN DIABETES EDUCATORS ASSOCIATION

Postgraduate Scholarship information is available on the ADEA website. Please note that access to the Awards and Scholarships web page requires a member login.

AUSTRALIAN COLLABORATIVE EDUCATION NETWORK (ACEN)

The ACEN Student Scholarship aims to assist students undertaking a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) activity in a regional or remote area of Australia as part of their undergraduate or postgraduate education. The scholarships are open to final year students. View the ACEN Student Scholarships web page for information on eligibility, requirements and application.

CARBURY SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship is offered in memory of Mr and Mrs EWD Carbury and $500 is awarded annually to a student in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine at Curtin University on a needs basis rather than for academic achievement. Selection will take into consideration the applicant’s family circumstances and need for financial assistance. Applications should be submitted to the Associate Director, Undergraduate Studies by 30 May each year on the relevant application form [.doc 32KB].

Students are required to be enrolled in the Bachelor of Science (Nursing) course (i.e. Enrolled Nurse Pathway as well as Pre-registration students).

CURTIN UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIPS INFORMATION

Visit the Curtin Scholarships webpage for information on scholarships available for Australian and International students.

WESTERN AUSTRALIAN CENTRE FOR RURAL HEALTH (WACRH)

Modest funding is available for Undergraduate students. Please visit the WACRH website for details.

SERVICES FOR AUSTRALIAN RURAL AND REMOTE ALLIED HEALTH (SARRAH)

Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship and Support Scheme: Postgraduate, Undergraduate and Clinical Placement Scholarships. Visit the Scholarships & Programs tab on the SARRAH website for further information.

OPERATING ROOM NURSES’ ASSOCIATION OF WA (Inc) (ORNAWA)

ORNAWA’s Education tab provides information about grants and scholarships.

ACLS Scholarship for Healthcare Providers

Annual essay contest, with a $1,000 scholarship stipend as a prize. Visit Pacific Medical Training’s website for eligibility requirements, conditions and submission process.

AHPRA Graduate registration information

AHPRA – Graduate Online Registration

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) has smoothed the path from study to the workforce for new graduates by providing an online early registration application service. For further information and to apply online, visit AHPRA’s website

Enquiries

Please direct clinical placement enquiries to the Clinical Support Office:
hlth-nursingclinicaloffice@curtin.edu.au