Professional Practice placements are a compulsory requirement for the Bachelor of Nursing. As an enrolled student, you must undertake and complete 800 hours of placement over the duration of your course.
Successful completion of the course, including the mandatory placement hours, will enable you to apply for registration as a registered nurse with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
VU Collaborate space
Visit VU Collaborate: COMM- Professional Practice HE Nursing & Midwifery (2018) - COMM-91446 for further information about clinical learning and placements.
Information you'll find on the VU Collaborate space includes:
- placement block dates (via the Clinical Calendar)
- professional practice rules and expectations
- forms (including mandatory pre-placement documentation)
- Australian Nursing Standards Assessment Tool (ANSAT)
- professional practice news and updates (including last minute placement opportunities).
You will undertake both metropolitan and rural professional placement over the duration of the course at venues distant from your home due to placement availability.
This may require travel by car or public transport as well as overnight accommodation. Shifts may be scheduled for different days and times, to complete seven day rotating shifts across morning, afternoon and night duty and these may occur during public holidays and university breaks. Use InPlace Student Placement Portal to view the location of your placements,.
InPlace Student Placement Portal
Using InPlace, enrolled Nursing and Midwifery students can find out more about:
- details of Work Integrated Learning (WIL) activities (ie placement details)
- upload mandatory pre-placement documentation.
Mandatory pre-placement requirements
In order to be allocated and eligible to attend placement, students must complete the following mandatory pre-placement requirements each year by the due date which will be updated via VU Collaborate.
Failure to complete these requirements by the due date each year may significantly delay your course progression and result in you being withdrawn from the Professional Practice unit you’re enrolled in.
1. Immunisation requirements
The Department of Health and Human Services requires all students undertaking placement in the healthcare sector to be fully immunised. Students are required to submit a completed Immunisation Form signed off by a medical practitioner to ensure they are fully vaccinated for the following:
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Influenza (annually)
- Pertussis (whooping cough), tetanus, diptheria
- Measles, mumps, rubella
- Tuberculosis Screening (annually)
- Varicella (Chickenpox).
Students should commence these requirements at their earliest opportunity upon enrolment, as a complete course of certain immunisations could take several months.
Refer to Victorian government health for the latest information about vaccination requirements for healthcare workers. The annual Immunisation Checklist is available via VU Collaborate and once completed by a medical practitioner, must be uploaded to VU WIL each year.
2. Police check
A police check is a yearly industry and University pre-placement requirement that must be issued within the current calendar year. You must upload this to VU WIL/InPlace each year.
Enter the Fit2Work Police check site and use your Victoria University student email address to login or create an account if you're a new user.
Further assistance with Fit2work police check
Phone: 1300 525 525
3. Working with children check
Apply for your free volunteer working with children check. Then upload a copy of your card to VU WIL/InPlace.
All students are required to attend placement wearing the prescribed uniform.
Purchase your uniform from The Co-op at Victoria University - St Albans Campus ( Building 9, McKechnie Street, St Albans.
Phone: +613 9919 2256
Opening hours: 08:45 – 15:00 (Monday-Thursday).
Contact Clinical Placement Office
For placement related enquires please contact us.
Clinical Learning Office
Office hours: 0900 – 1630 (Monday-Friday)
Location: 4C402 St Albans Campus.
Phone: +613 9919 2708