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PMC1303 Paramedic Placement 1

Semester 3, 2019 On-campus Ipswich
Short Description: Paramedic Placement 1
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Health and Wellbeing
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 069905 - Paramedical Studies
Grading basis : Pass/Not Pass

Staffing

Examiner: Dennis Walker

Requisites

Pre-requisite: PMC1105 and PMC1202

Rationale

Paramedic Placement 1 provides students with their first opportunity to work with an ambulance paramedic service. This Paramedic Placement 1 course gives the student the first opportunity to utilise their theoretical knowledge and practical skills learned during the first year of the Degree in Paramedicine. Students will undertake four weeks full-time practical experience with the Queensland Ambulance Service.

Synopsis

Paramedic Placement 1 will introduce students to an experience with an emergency ambulance service. During the 4 weeks the student will be able to participate in the assessment and management of patients under the supervision of a qualified paramedic. Throughout this practical placement students will be expected to actively participate professionally in the practical environment and only perform skills, procedures and tasks in line with their scope of practice and for which they have received specific authorisation.

Objectives

On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. Self-evaluate performance in a clinical situation with regard to skills and attitude
  2. Demonstrate effective communication and interact effectively with diverse age groups and cultures
  3. Participate effectively in decisions regarding the assessment, management and appropriate disposition of patients to a Year 1 level
  4. Demonstrate the ability to appropriately use standard ambulance equipment
  5. Apply evidence-based practice to the clinical management of patients in an ambulance environment
  6. Demonstrate ethical and professional behaviour in an ambulance environment.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Mandatory guidelines and legislation 20.00
2. Effective teamwork 20.00
3. Communication skills 20.00
4. Ethical and professional behaviour 20.00
5. Reflective practice 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/textbooks/?year=2019&sem=03&subject1=PMC1303)

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/info/contact/)

Queensland Ambulance Service. (2015). Clinical Practice Manual. Available online at: https://ambulance.qld.gov.au/clinical.html.
Uniform and PPE requirements: Failure to have the approved uniform and PPE during a placement shift may result in exclusion from the practical placement until the requirements are complied with. Students must also carry their university identification with them at all times.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Gregory, P. & Mursell, I 2010, Manual of Clinical Paramedic Procedures, Wiley, Oxfordshire.
Nixon, V 2013, Professional practice in paramedic, emergency and urgent care, Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester.
Sanders, JM, McKenna, KD, Lewis, LM, & Quick, G 2012, Mosby's paramedic textbook, 4th edn, Elsevier, St Louis.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Clinical Experience 163.00
Lectures 2.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Reflective Practice Portfolio 1 85 19 Nov 2019 (see note 1)
Placement 1 Supervisor Report 1 14 14 Feb 2020 (see note 2)
Placement Attendance 1 1 14 Feb 2020 (see note 3)

Notes
  1. Assessment item due 9 days after completion of clinical placement
  2. Assessment item due 9 days after completion of clinical placement
  3. Assessment item due 9 days after completion of clinical placement

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students’ responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete each of the assessment items a student must receive 100% of the marks (mark of 1 out of 1).

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must attempt and receive 100% (mark of 1) for each of the assessment items in the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    As P is the only passing grade available for this course, all students who are qualified for a passing grade will be given a grade of P. Other students will be given either a failing grade or an incomplete grade.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    As there is no examination in this course there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.