Professional Experience Placement 1 Nursing

Unit code: HNB1003 | Study level: Undergraduate
(One credit point is usually equivalent to one hour of study per week)
St Albans


Students will apply nursing knowledge and skills gained in previous units to professional practice in a healthcare setting. Aligned with quality and safety principles, students will demonstrate the provision of safe, person-centred care within their scope of practice. They will operate under the supervision of a Registered Nurse and will receive feedback on their professional practice. Before commencing placement, students will be asked to provide mandatory documentation for allocations as part of DHHS requirements for PEP.
Placement will occur in two parts. Initially students will undertake 40 hours of placement following HNB1102 Foundations in Nursing 1. In the second part students will undertake 7 hours of simulation in the first week, then three weeks of PEP (120 Hours) after successfully completing HNB1205 Foundations in Nursing
2. Students will remain on a PL grade until 160 hours of PEP have been successfully completed.
NB: In the event of students being unable to complete part A (40 hours), students will be able to complete the total of 160 hours in one placement.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate respect for all people irrespective of culture, values, beliefs and socio-economic status across the lifespan;
  2. Apply nursing care activities using a person-centred approach demonstrating therapeutic communication and effective communication within intraprofessional and interprofessional teams;
  3. Exhibit performance and behaviours that meet the RN Standards for Practice relevant to first year scope of practice;
  4. Contextualise the impact of the code of conduct, code of ethics and the decision-making framework in PEP;
  5. Initiate safe clinical reasoning within a first-year scope of practice; and
  6. Reflect on and respond appropriately to feedback regarding performance and behaviour during PEP.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Practicum
Grade: Pass/Fail
Part A: Formative Assessment Australian Nursing Standards Assessment Tool (ANSAT) (40 hours)
Assessment type: Practicum
Grade: Pass/Fail
Part B: Summative Assessment Australian Nursing Standards Assessment Tool (ANSAT) (120 hours)

Required reading

Required readings will be made available on VU Collaborate.

As part of a course

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