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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedPeninsula Second semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Virginia Plummer


This unit continues to develop the student's ability to provide health care in community based emergency health and hospital settings. It builds on the model of clinical competence and the context of clinical practice commenced in previous years of this course. It provides context to support the clinical theory unit concurrently undertaken in this semester, BEH3032. Supervised clinical experience is undertaken over 2 weeks in ambulance and community based health settings. Hospital experience involves 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.


On completion of this unit, the student should 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 opportunities while on placement;
  2. demonstrate progress in the development of clinical, professional and leadership capabilities as a beginning health care provider;
  3. describe legal frameworks and statutory and regulatory requirements of the professions that make up the health care team;
  4. identify their role in team structures and contribute to effective team functioning through knowledge of group dynamics and professional roles of all team members;
  5. apply an understanding of duty of care within a prevailing legal and ethical framework;
  6. participate in an integrated approach to service delivery that is focused on the needs of the patient;
  7. demonstrate an ability to respond to health emergencies, to assimilate information quickly and communicate it clearly and unambiguously to other members of the health care team;
  8. demonstrate an ability to provide advanced life support under supervision;
  9. demonstrate a culturally sensitive approach to the recognition and management of the reactions of patients and family to acute illness or injury; and
  10. describe the operational setting for critical care units in hospitals, ambulance services and retrieval services and the role of paramedics and nurses in facilitating continuity of care.


Worksheets: Pass/Fail
Reflective journal: Pass/Fail
Clinical practice portfolio: Pass/Fail

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Virginia Plummer

Contact hours

The equivalent of 4 weeks full time supervised clinical placement - a total of 152 hours.