Professional Experience Placement 1 Nursing

Unit code: HNB1003 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
St Albans
HNB1102 - Foundations in Nursing 1; and
HNB1205 - Foundations in Nursing 2
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


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.

  1. Students will undertake 7 hours of simulation in the first week, then four weeks of PEP (160 Hours)
  2. Students will remain on a PL grade until 160 hours of PEP have been successfully completed.

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
Summative Assessment Australian Nursing Standards Assessment Tool (ANSAT) (160 hours)

Required reading

Required readings will be made available on VU Collaborate.

As part of a course

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