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BEH3042 - Paramedic clinical practice 3

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: TBA


Peninsula Trimester 3 2007 (Day)


This unit continues to develop the role of the paramedic as a clinician. It will build on the model of Paramedic clinical competence and the context of Paramedic clinical practice commenced in Year 2 and first semester of Year 3. It will provide context to support the clinical theory unit concurrently undertaken in this semester, BEH3032. Supervised clinical experience will be undertaken over 4 weeks in an ambulance service, including one week on a mobile intensive care ambulance, and 2 weeks in hospital critical care areas, including coronary care unit, with an ICU orientation, operating theatre for airway care and fluid management and recovery, and, an emergency department.


By the completion of this unit, the student will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an ability to review his/her own clinical experience and arrange suitable learning experiences to maintain learning needs as a result of the varying clinical experience in the field;
  2. demonstrate progress in the development of clinical, professional and leadership capabilities along a continuum from novice to skilled advanced life support paramedic.
  3. demonstrate an ability to respond at the level of an advanced life support paramedic under supervision to real life problems from their initiation and to assimilate information quickly and communicate it clearly and unambiguously;
  4. demonstrate an ability in a team, to apply theoretical knowledge and clinical skills learnt in this course to the management of patients with selected emergency conditions using the model of advanced life support Paramedic clinical competence;
  5. demonstrate a culturally sensitive approach to the recognition and management of the reactions of patients and family to acute illness or injury; and
  6. describe the operational setting for critical care units in hospitals, ambulance services and retrieval services and the role of paramedics in facilitating continuity of care.


Clinical skills worksheets: Pass/Fail
Reflective journal (2000 words): Pass/Fail
Clinical practice portfolio (1000 words): Pass/Fail
Workplace professionalism evaluation: Pass/Fail. The passing grade for this unit will be pass grade only (PGO).

Contact hours

The equivalent of 7 weeks full time supervised clinical placement; a total of 280 hours. This clinical placement will be conducted over the last three teaching weeks and the four-week examination period. This will require summative assessment in concurrent units to be concluded before the end of the 10th teaching week. Additionally, the teaching period for concurrent units will need to be completed over a ten week period.




Must be enrolled in Bachelor of Emergency Health(Paramedic)