NURS 3033 Professional Practice Experience 6

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 401020

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Description This subject will be replaced from Spring 2022 by 401452 Professional Experience Placement. This subject provides a unique opportunity to consolidate and extend the students skill base in preparation for graduate practice. Students will gain an understanding of the congruence between the provision of health care and professional regulatory frameworks in dynamic healthcare contexts. The role of the graduate nurse will be explored through critical reflection and critical thinking of case studies that reflect person-centered practice.The subject includes 240 hours of clinical placement.

School Nursing & Midwifery

Discipline General Nursing

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 1 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 3 subject

Pre-requisite(s) Pre-requisites for 4691 and 4693 NURS 1020 Professional Practice Experience 1 NURS 1021 Professional Practice Experience 2 NURS 2028 Professional Practice Experience 3 and NURS 2029 Professional Practice Experience 4 Pre-requisites for 4692 NURS 2028 Professional Practice Experience 3 NURS 2029 Professional Practice Experience 4 NURS 1005 Foundations for Nursing Practice and NURS 2008 Graduate Entry Practice Experience

Co-requisite(s) NURS 3032


Students must be enrolled in 4691 Bachelor of Nursing, 4693 Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced) or 4692 Bachelor of Nursing Graduate Entry or 4780 Bachelor of Nursing - WSU Online. Students must be enrolled in 4780 to enrol in WSU Online Campus subjects.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  1. Incorporate evidence based practice and critical thinking frameworks to appraise Primary Health Care (PHC) principles in relation to holistic patient health care: Holistic Assessment, National Health Priority Areas
  2. Formulate holistic health care management, in collaboration with peers, based on critical thinking and clinical judgement
  3. Apply effective communication and problem-solving skills essential for the provision of safe evidence based nursing practice in the care of individuals within a multidisciplinary team
  4. Analyse the relevant professional ethical and legal frameworks and discuss their relationship to competent professional practice
  5. Critically reflect on performance of self and others to identify future learning goals and strategies incorporating evidence based practice
  6. Support the principles of WH&S in clinical practice and simulated environments

Subject Content

Major Content: 
1. Transition to graduate practice 
2. Working in multi-disciplinary teams 
3. Clinical practicum 
4. Consolidate and review Core Practice Skills, including Hand Hygiene 
5. Recognising and responding to variations in health status
 - ECG 
 - BGL 
 - Vital signs 
 - Work of breathing 
6. Risk assessment – falls, pressure injury, venous thromboembolism (VT) 
 - Oxygenation 
 - Medication therapy 
7. Prioritising Care 
 - Recognising the deteriorating patient 
 - Primary survey 
 - Working in a complex and dynamic acute healthcare context 
 - Rapid Response Teams 
 - Basic and Advanced Life Support 
 - Emergency drugs 
8. Complex IV Therapy, Parental Nutrition and Central Venous Access Devices
 - Multiples infusions 
 - Dressing of lines – when, how, why 
 - Arterial lines 
9. Scenarios: Using low medium and high-fidelity simulation based case studies to facilitate improvement in: 
 - Time management 
 - Clinical judgement
 - Team work 
 - Managing others/ leadership and delegation 
 - Accountability 
 - Nurse as educator 
 - Family focused care 
10. Principles of Work Health and Safety in clinical practice

Special Requirements

Legislative pre-requisites

Special Requirements - NSW Health Legislative Prerequisites Pre-requisites

Student Compliance Information for all Health-Related Placements

Prior to enrolling in this subject, students must have submitted a Student Undertaking Form and undertake to apply for a National Police Check, which is required to be submitted before placement, and a Working with Children Check Student Declaration. Use the link to the Special Requirements webpage below for more information.

To be eligible to enrol in this subject and complete any required health-related placements or experiences, students must meet Western Sydney University program requirements as well as any special, legislated, or policy-mandated requirements.

Western Program Requirements

Visit the Special Requirements webpage for details about your program.

Special Requirements

Mandatory NSW Health student placement policy requirements

To be able to undertake placement in any NSW Health facility you must be assessed as compliant with NSW Health student placement policy in the first year of your program, regardless of when you expect to go on your first placement. Access and read the NSW Student Compliance Information Booklet.

NSW Student Compliance Information Booklet

Please ensure that you

  1.  Find your existing National Police Check or apply for one
  2.  Gather documentary evidence of your vaccination history
  3.  Print and compete all relevant NSW Health forms relevant to the campus you are enrolled at or online enrolment requirements
  4.  Follow booklet instructions on how to have your compliance documents assessed by NSW health staff.

International students have additional requirements; the link to the booklet will inform you of these requirements.

School Requirements

Contact your School for further details regarding your School’s requirements, if any, such as

  • If you live outside of NSW or Australia and need to meet your state, territory or country’s compliance requirements
  • If you need to meet different state, territory or country compliance requirements.
  • NSW Working with Children Check (WWCC) or other state equivalent, valid for your entire program.
  • Current approved first aid certificate valid for your entire program - approved program providers can be found at the Government Training website
  • Other non-health related requirements.

Student Compliance Resources are also available on the Placements Hub web page (NSW students only)


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Type Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Professional Task 10 minutes S/U Y Individual
Participation All teaching weeks S/U Y Individual
Professional Placement Performance 240 hours S/U Y Individual

Teaching Periods

Spring (2024)

Parramatta - Victoria Rd


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WSU Online TRI-3 (2024)

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