Transition to Professional Midwifery and Nursing Practice

Unit code: HMB4001 | Study level: Undergraduate
(One credit point is usually equivalent to one hour of study per week)
VU Sunshine Clinical School
Completion of 288 credit points
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


This unit 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 Registered Nurse and Registered 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 for Registered Nurses and Registered Midwives. Students will also identify characteristics of excellent leadership within clinical leadership, preceptorship and mentorship and contextualise to midwifery and nursing practice. Students will begin to organise their professional portfolio in preparation for course completion.

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.


For Melbourne campuses

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 Registered Midwives and Registered Nurses 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: Assignment
Grade: 20%
Written critique of advanced practice setting or model of care (750 words)
Assessment type: Portfolio
Grade: 20%
Part A: Submission of portfolio plan and outline (equivalent 750 words)
Assessment type: Exercise
Grade: 60%
Part A CV/Cover letter Part B Group interview (2000 words equivalent submitted at different times in the teaching period).

Required reading

Required readings will be made available on VU Collaborate.

As part of a course

This unit is studied as part of the following course(s):

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