Nursing clinical practicum
Students at the University of Notre Dame, Australia (UNDA) undertake a minimum of 1120 hours of clinical practicum in a variety of clinical settings throughout the 3 year nursing program. This equates to between a 4 to 6 week placement twice a year. Placements are full time and shifts worked cover the am, pm and nightshift across the seven day week.
This provides students with a ‘reality of practice’ to work as a registered nurse in the health care team. Students are supported throughout their placement by the nursing staff in the work area and the university clinical supervisor.
The Clinical Placements Team
The Clinical Placements Team primary role is the placement and management of undergraduate nursing students on clinical practicum. The Clinical Placement Team for the Fremantle campus comprises of five staff members: 4 nursing and 2 administrative.
Students are required to contact their year coordinator (as highlighted below) regarding any questions for clinical practicum. Facilities are asked to contact Ria Bennell, who if unable to answer your query, will be able to transfer your call to the appropriate person.
Any enquires regarding the nursing program is kindly directed to the UNDA prospective students office.
Clinical Placements Team (Fremantle campus) Chris Adams
(08) 9433 0183
Lecturer/Clinical Placements Coordinator (NSP310, NSP320) Corinne Kusel
(08) 9433 0684
Lecturer/Clinical Placements Officer (NSP110) Lisa O’Callaghan
(08) 9433 0502
Lecturer/Clinical Placements Officer (NSP120) Suzanne Partigliani
(08) 9433 0111
Lecturer/Clinical Placements Officer (NSP210, NSP220) Wendy Mrsa
(08) 9433 0292
Clinical Administration Officer Ria Bennell
(08) 9433 0260
Clinical Administration Officer
Midwifery professional practice
Midwifery is a practice-based profession and professional practice experience placements will provide the opportunity for students to acquire the midwifery knowledge and skills to meet the requirements necessary for registration. The professional practice experience component is designed so that the theory topics are integrated with practice elements to enable students to directly apply theory to practice. Clinical skills laboratory sessions provide initial learning opportunities. The professional practice experience component of the course consists of a wide range of field placements including public and private hospitals and clinics in both the metropolitan and rural areas. Students therefore experience a variety of placements to ensure that they gain comprehensive knowledge of the areas where midwifery is practiced.
The use of a Midwifery Professional Practice Experience Portfolio, reflective learning exercises and “in-class” debriefing time provide students with opportunities to reflect on practice in a supportive environment.
Professional practice experience is designed to ensure the program meets the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council Midwife Accreditation Standards 2014.