This unit (HMB4001) builds on the content of the Professional Nurse or Midwife unit and subsequent learning in midwifery and nursing units to further develop students as health professionals with a focus on transitioning from a student, to a graduate, nurse-midwife role. The unit addresses professional issues in applying for graduate positions and registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). Contemporary professional issues will be extended to exploring alternate practice settings and models of care. Students will also identify characteristics of excellent midwifery leadership applied to maternity care with the aim of optimising women's childbearing experiences. Students will begin to organise their professional portfolio in preparation for course completion.

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VU Sunshine Clinical School
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Completion of 288 credit points

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Prepare for the graduate year application process, including preparation of curriculum vitae, and application letter, interview, and the registration process;  
  2. Further examine the roles and scope of practice of healthcare professionals and the use of effective communication and collaboration to provide quality client care;  
  3. Critique contemporary professional issues, including the role of the midwife and the nurse in advanced practice settings and styles of effective leadership in healthcare;  
  4. Design and plan the professional portfolio in preparation for transition to practice including building resilience for practice; and  
  5. Interrogate options for alternate midwifery/nursing practice settings and models of care in Australia.  


The assessment tasks align with the learning outcomes and graduate capabilities. For the first assessment piece, students will select an alternate midwifery/nursing practice setting or model of care, to critique the practice experience for midwives/nurse-midwives working in this setting or model of care. Students will submit an initial plan and design for the development of their own Professional Practice Portfolio for the second assessment. For the third assessment, students will prepare for their graduate year application by submitting a cover letter and curriculum vitae and participate in a practice group interview.
Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Written critique of advanced practice setting or model of care (750 words) 20%
Portfolio Part A: Submission of portfolio plan and outline (equivalent 750 words) 20%
Exercise Part A CV/Cover letter Part B Group interview (2000 words equivalent submitted at different times in the teaching period). 60%
To pass this unit, students are required to complete/submit all assessments.

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