Nursing and Midwifery Clinical Placements

Our nursing, midwifery and dual degree programs are taught from various clinical schools across Mater Hospital & Health Service sites as well as several major South East Queensland hospital sites. Please note there are a number of essential Pre-Placement requirements that you must complete before commencing placement.

About the 2017 clinical placement model

The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work delivers undergraduate and graduate entry programs through an innovative clinical schools model that combines theoretical learning with practical experience. The model in year 1 is comprised of the following learning activities:

  • One day per week of lectures undertaken on the university campus
  • One day per week of clinical teaching and problem based learning undertaken at one of our clinical school sites
  • Clinical shifts undertaken in a placement hospital (this may be the same or a different location to the clinical school partner hospital).

    During the first four weeks of the semester, students are provided with a comprehensive orientation into their placement hospital. Students will then complete 15 shifts of 8 hours duration across the first semester. Students may be rostered onto morning (approximately 7am – 3.30pm), afternoon (approximately 2.30pm - 11pm) shifts or an occasional night shift (approximately 10.30pm-7am) or weekend shift.

Arrangements vary depending on the program you are applying for, please see the list of clinical placement arrangements currently in place. Clinical and placement hospital arrangements are subject to final approval, and that while every effort is made to match students, we cannot guarantee that students will receive their preference. Please note that you may need to travel up to 90 minutes to your placement hospital.

Please note that there will be changes to the model for students entering in 2018.

The Practice Placements Unit

The School's Practice Placements Unit, together with the Clinical Lead for Nursing and Midwifery and Clinical Course Coordinators, are responsible for organising students’ clinical placements.  A comprehensive Preceptor Manual is available for facility staff fulfilling the role of preceptor.

Your Clinical Supervisor/Facilitator and Clinical Lead as well as the Course Coordinator for each respective clinical course, are available for consultation and assistance regarding your placement. If problems arise refer to the following flowchart as to who to contact.

Prior to commencing clinical placement students are provided with a Ward Booklet.

Policies, Procedures and Forms

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