Clinical placements in our nursing, midwifery and dual degree programs are taught from various locations across Mater Hospital and Health Service sites, as well as several major South East Queensland hospitals.  

The School's Clinical Placement Unit, together with the Clinical Lead for Nursing and Midwifery and Clinical Course Coordinators, are responsible for organising students’ clinical placements. The Clinical Placement Unit is available for the duration of a student’s program, for consultation and assistance regarding placement issues.

Placement experience - Andy Schouten

Story from Southern Queensland Rural Health's Facebook.

After 30 years working in information technology Andy decided he wanted to do something new and contribute to society in a different way. He started studying nursing and soon realised this was the work he was meant to be doing his whole life.

“I am the best version of myself when I’m nursing. Every day I’m learning and growing,” he said.

As part of his studies Andy decided to take up a rural clinical placement and was allocated Charleville Hospital where he recently spent three months. Southern Queensland Rural Health (SQRH) supported Andy’s placement with accommodation.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed the clinical placement at Charleville and I’m grateful for the support of SQRH because otherwise I’d be paying two lots of rent – one for Brisbane where I live and one for Charleville while on placement.

“To be honest I hadn’t thought about taking up a rural health career before coming out to Charleville but now I definitely would consider it.
“The experience was brilliant and incredibly diverse – I worked in wards, in the emergency department, attending visits with the nurse navigator, going to the Royal Flying Doctors Service (RFDS) base with ambulance staff and so much more.

“The teams here include you in everything that’s going on and they are interested in who you are and how you can contribute,” he said.
Andy also talked about the social side of rural life, laughing that he has “more of a social life in Charleville than in Brisbane!”

“There really is so much to do out here. During my placement I went to the Charleville Cosmos Centre and Observatory, the Bilby Experience, Augathella rodeo, Charleville races and sometimes I had to decline invitations so I could get my uni work done,” he said.

Pre-placement requirements

There are a number of essential requirements you must complete before commencing placement. Read the Pre-commencement Guide for more information.

Clinical placement model

The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work delivers undergraduate and graduate entry programs through an innovative model that combines theoretical learning with practical experience on a weekly basis.

Bachelor of Nursing (BN) activities in Semester 1

The nursing model in Semester 1 of the first year is comprised of the following learning activities:

  • Four days per week of activities undertaken on the St Lucia campus, including lectures, clinical teaching, workshops, anatomy labs and biology labs.
  • Clinical shifts undertaken in a placement hospital.

During the first weeks of the semester, students are provided with a foundational knowledge and skills related to providing safe and high quality care in a person centred environment. Students will then complete 15 shifts of 8 hours duration over three weeks towards the end of the 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. Please note shift times will vary at each hospital and students may be required to work weekends at some hospital sites.

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.

Bachelor of Midwifery (BMid) and dual program (BN/BMid) activities in Semester 1

The BMid and BN/BMid model in the first year is comprised of the following learning activities:

  • Three days per week of activities undertaken on the St Lucia campus, including lectures, clinical teaching, workshops, anatomy labs and biology labs.
     
  • Clinical shifts undertaken in a placement hospital.

Students will 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 night shift (approximately 10.30pm - 7am) or weekend shift. Student will be expected to be available for shifts. Please note shift times will vary at each hospital and students may be required to work weekends at some hospital sites.

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.

Clinical Placement Unit

The School's Clinical Placement Unit, together with the Clinical Lead for Nursing and Midwifery and Clinical Course Coordinators, are responsible for organising students’ clinical placements.

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.

Prior to commencing clinical placement students are provided with a range of documents to assist in their preparation for placement.

Registration

If you have recently completed your program, or are due to complete in the near future, you can apply for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency here.