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NUR3299 Transition to Professional Practice A

Semester 3, 2021 Toowoomba On-campus
Short Description: Transition Professiona Prac A
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Nursing and Midwifery
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 060301 - General Nursing
Grading basis : Pass/Not Pass
Version produced : 23 January 2022


Examiner: Dianne Maher


Pre-requisite: NUR2000 and (NUR2299 or NUR2399)


As final year students in the Bachelor of Nursing students are required to demonstrate competence in clinical practice and decision making as a novice practitioner in accordance with the NMBA standards. Students need to learn how to reflect on their own learning and develop plans to progress to the level Benner identifies as a Novice Beginning Practitioner. Consolidation of theoretical learning and clinical practice skills is key to the successful transition of the professional nurse into the workforce. Professional practice will be enhanced as students internalise the process of reflecting and goal setting, and embrace the notion of lifelong learning.


In this course students are allocated to a clinical placement setting and undertake 160 hours of professional experience placement. NUR3299 provides students with opportunities to develop their professional interactions, therapeutic relationships and nursing care practices associated with caring for individuals, families and significant others. Students begin to think critically and apply clinical decision making using the nursing process within an appropriate acute and or chronic care clinical setting. The aim is for students to consolidate learning and apply knowledge and practice skills from past or concurrent theoretical courses during clinical placement in readiness for transition to professional nursing practice.


On successful completion of this course students should be able to

  1. Conduct clinical practice which can be ethically justified and in accordance with legislation and common law.
  2. Integrate and apply knowledge of the independent and collaborative role of nursing to nursing practice situations in accordance with the NMBA standards.
  3. Demonstrate awareness of an individual's unique values, beliefs, customs and culture which provide the framework for that individual's experience of health, illness, or death in accordance with ICN Code of ethics for nurses.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to utilise systematic data collection, effective clinical reasoning strategies and evidence-based practice to critically analyse events and intervene appropriately to plan, implement and evaluate safe and appropriate nursing care for potential clients in simulated situations and for clients experiencing compromised health in clinical settings.
  5. Perform clinical procedures under appropriate Registered Nurse supervision that have been introduced in the pre-requisite simulation and clinical placement courses.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Clinical practice of nursing care including patient assessment, care planning, interventions and critical thinking commensurate of a third year student registered nurse, and evaluation of cares provided. 45.00
2. Clinical safety including infection control, manual handling, and identification of risk, patient’s rights, culturally appropriate care in alignment with the legal and ethical requirements of a nurse. 25.00
3. Demonstration of procedural knowledge theory and competent practice related to medication administration, skills performance and evaluation of care in alignment with NMBA standards of a registered nurse. 20.00
4. Professional and therapeutic communication and documentation standards in nursing and inter-professional care delivery 10.00

Text and Materials

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Berman. A, Snyder. S. J, Levett-Jones. T, Burton. P & Harvey. N (2017), Skills in clinical nursing, 8th edn, Pearson.
Brotto. V & Rafferty. K (2019), Clinical dosage calculations for Australia and New Zealand, 3rd edn, Cengage.
Levett-Jones. T & Bourgeoise. S (2018), The clinical placement, 4th edn, Churchill Livingstone.

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.
Nursing and Midwifery Board Australia (2010), A nurse’s guide to professional boundaries, Nursing and Midwifery Board Australia,
Nursing and Midwifery Board Australia (2016), Registered Nurse Standards for Practice, Nursing and Midwifery Board Australia,
Nursing and Midwifery Board Australia (NMBA) (2017), Code of ethics for nurses in Australia, Nursing and Midwifery Board Australia,
Nursing and Midwifery Board Australia (NMBA) (2018), Code of conduct for nurses in Australia, Nursing and Midwifery Board Australia,

Student Workload Expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 5.00
Clinical Experience 160.00

Assessment Details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
ANSAT Final Clinical Eval 1 25 11 Feb 2022 1,2,3,4,5 (see note 1)
ANSAT Interim Clinical Eval 1 25 11 Feb 2022 1,2,3,4,5 (see note 2)
Clinical Reflection 1 25 11 Feb 2022 3,4 (see note 3)
Clinical Timesheet 1 25 11 Feb 2022 1 (see note 4)

  1. All other assessment items are to be signed by student and preceptor/facilitator and submitted electronically within 7 days after the student has completed the clinical placement.
  2. Interim Evaluation is to be signed by student and preceptor/facilitator and submitted electronically within 2 days after the student has completed 10 clinical shifts.
  3. Refer to ANSAT Final Clinical Evaluation notes
  4. Refer to ANSAT Final Clinical Evaluation notes

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities 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. Students MUST attend 100% of the clinical placement hours required for the course.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve 100% of the marks (mark of 1) for that item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (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 submit all assessment items and achieve 100% (a mark of 1) for each assessment item and satisfactorily complete the Clinical Experience.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative items for the course. Note that a conceded pass is not available in this course due to accreditation requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

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

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Deferred and Supplementary examinations will be held in accordance with the Assessment Procedure

  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

Assessment Notes

  1. There is no supplementary clinical time. If unforeseen circumstances occur resulting in incomplete hours in relation to the placement, deferred clinical participation may be granted in accordance with the USQ compelling and compassionate circumstances policy or in the event of a facility closure or relocation at the discretion of placement availability and suitability with respect to course objectives. Other than when compelling and compassionate circumstances are evident, the objectives for clinical practice must be satisfactorily completed within the allocated time or a failed grade will result.

  2. Students have signed to acknowledge understanding of, and a commitment to, abiding by the Professional Experience Placement Declaration Guide. The student directions outlined within this guide must be followed and complied by students. Failure to meet the student obligations as outlined within the USQ Clinical Placement Declaration guide, relating to professional conduct whilst on placement, may result in the termination of the clinical placement and a fail grade.

  3. American Psychological Association (APA) is the referencing system required in this course. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA referencing style to be used is defined by the USQ library’s referencing guide. These policies can be found at

Evaluation and Benchmarking

In meeting the University’s aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways.
This course:

  1. Conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement.
  2. Forms part of the Bachelor of Nursing and is benchmarked against internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review.
  3. Forms part of the professional accreditation standards of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) through an external accreditation process.

Other Requirements

  1. Computer, e-mail and Internet access:
    Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at

  2. Mandatory Documents
    Students of clinical courses must submit the following mandatory documents to InPlace by the date given for the Professional Placement Office to allocate the current semester's clinical placement or a clinical placement will not be offered. To complete these documents go to the Mandatory Documents information on the Professional Practice Hub Study Desk (PPHub) and upload all forms to InPlace by the date specified each semester.

    Working with Children check (6-12 weeks to obtain)
    Pre filled application from the PPHub MUST be used to apply
    All QLD applications MUST go through the Professional Placement Office and sent to Blue Card
    See the Mandatory Documents List on PPHub for other state WWC links
    Upload: Copy of WWC card OR QLD students ONLY can provide APHRA registration instead

    Australian Police Certificate
    3 year expiry
    There is a list of acceptable providers on the PPHub
    Upload: Copy of certificate

    USQ Student Declaration
    Document is located on the last page of the Professional Practice Handbook
    Upload: Signed and witnessed Signature page at the commencement of each academic year

    CPR Certificate (2- 3 weeks to obtain)
    Must be renewed each year
    Must be nationally accredited hands on training course
    Upload: Copy of certificate

    Queensland Health Student Orientation Requirements
    Submit evidence only once
    Not required from GUC students (WA)
    Upload: Student Orientation Checklist (2 pages)
    Upload: Deed Poll (Signature page only)

    Queensland Health iLearn Certificates
    5 Certificates must be renewed annually
    Not required from GUC (WA) or Tasmania Students
    Upload: Copy of each certificate

    Upload: USQ branded VPD form
    An accelerated Hepatitis B vaccination process (under 4 months) will NOT BE ACCEPTED
    Influenza vaccination must be obtained at the start of flu season each year (usually April) and must be for the flu season for that year
    Upload: Evidence of date of injection
    Tuberculosis Risk Assessment form
    Complete and submit prior to your first placement
    Upload: Completed TB Risk Assessment form and evidence of clearance if required

Date printed 23 January 2022