Students at the University of Notre Dame, Australia (UNDA) undertake extensive professional practice 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 Professional Practice Team
The Professional Practice Team’s primary role is the placement and management of undergraduate nursing students on professional practice. The Professional Practice Team for the Fremantle campus comprises of ten staff members: 6 nursing and 4 administrative.
Students are required to contact their year coordinator (as highlighted below) regarding any questions for professional practice. 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.
Professional Practice Team (Fremantle campus) Chris Adams
(08) 9433 0183
Lecturer/Professional Practice Coordinator (NURS3035) Corinne Kusel
(08) 9433 0684
Lecturer/Professional Practice Course Coordinator (NURS1015) Lisa O’Callaghan
(08) 9433 0502
Lecturer/Professional Practice Course Coordinator (NURS1021) Suzanne Partigliani
(08) 9433 0111
Lecturer/Professional Practice Course Coordinator (NURS2023) Marie Fielding Lecturer/Professional Practice Course Coordinator (NURS2028) Kathryn Harban Lecturer/Professional Practice Course Coordinator (NURS3031) Wendy Mrsa
(08) 9433 0292
Professional Practice Administration Officer Ria Bennell
(08) 9433 0260
Professional Practice Administration Officer Ashlee Robert-Libia
Professional Practice Administration Officer Jane Gaspar
Professional Practice 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.