The clinical placement component is the final stage of the core program and is designed to help you expand your knowledge and consolidate the learnings you have gained from your participation in the RUCN-CDP.

While you are exposed to all types of presentations within your UCC, it is the volume and consistency of exposure that we are hoping clinical placement will provide. It is our hope that working within an Emergency Department or large UCC you will have the opportunity to bridge this gap and increase your confidence. Clinical placements will also provide the opportunity to develop and expand your professional networks across the region and develop a greater understanding of how the wider health system operates. Clinical placements will be:

Eligibility

In order to be considered for clinical placement learners, the following eligibility criteria must be met:

  • Have completed the core program including all four core RUCN-CDP online learning modules 
  • Have completed the RUCN-CDP online elective module ‘COVID-19: The basics for the UCC’
  • Be employed in an approved health service and work EFT in your UCC and have support from your health service to participate.
  • Not have worked in an Emergency Department (Regional or Metropolitan) in the last 12 months (this can be negotiated on an individual basis)
  • Have up to date immunisation (including COVID-19), a current working with children check and be prepared to get a current police check (only required once you have been approved for a placement and we ask you to get one)

What to expect on your placement

During placement, learners are encouraged to participate in providing holistic care to UCC and ED patients, including comprehensive assessment and patient management under direct instruction and supervision of the assigned host site representative. This may include:

  • Review of patient histories, patient charts and results on clinical information systems.
  • Undertake history-taking (supervised).
  • Initiate discussions with members of the clinical team.
  • Observe and interact with the multi-disciplinary team
  • Observe procedures.

While on placement, please note that you are not considered part of EFT allocated for shifts therefore are not permitted to deliver direct patient care or therapies, or independently undertake any procedures or document in the patient medical record. The learner must abide by the laws relating to confidentiality, privacy and any general or COVID specific hygiene requirements. During a placement, be mindful that you will be representing your health service and the RUCN-CDP and if any issues arise during your placement, the RUCN-CDP team and local clinical education teams are there to support you.

Funding

Nurses who are offered a RUCN-CDP clinical placement will be eligible for funding (up to a cap) for accommodation and travel (kms) if required and we will also reimburse any costs associated with getting a police check if we ask you to get one. The program will also provide your health service with a back-fill cost and a supervision fee for the host site. If you are offered a placement, our Clinical Placement Coordinator will talk to you in more detail about what funding is available and how to claim expenses.

ApplY for a placement!

Applications for placements are now open and our Clinical Placement Coordinator, is available to discuss options with you, regardless of how far through the program you are! Contact her below if you have any questions or would like to schedule a time to have a chat.

Below are the list of available placement dates and we will add to this list as new dates become available so keep checking back for updates. The process for applying is also below with a link to apply. We will help guide you through each step and provide support or act as an advocate where required. Don’t forget, you can apply for a placement at any time during the course of the program so if you aren’t quite ready once you’ve finished a workshop, you can apply whenever suits you and your health service.

Clinical placement available dates

Below are the dates and locations currently available for placements, click on your preferred site for a drop down list of dates and note your preference on the application form below. Please note, these dates are week commencing and the actual shifts will be confirmed later in the application process. 

Bendigo Base Hospital - Loddon Mallee

Regional Emergency Department

Available dates, week commencing:

28th November: 2 places available

5th December: 2 places available

Benalla Health - Hume

Large Urgent Care Centre

If you are interested in completing your placement here, please contact Kate Hancock on rucncdpplacements@alfred.org.au

Colac Area Health, Barwon South West

Large Urgent Care Centre

Available dates:

Monday 8th August – Monday 19th December 2022

1 place available per week

 

 

 

Seymour District Memorial Hospital - Hume

Large Urgent Care Centre

Available dates, week commencing:

31st October – 1 place available

7th November – 1 place available

14th November – 1 place available

21st November – 1 place available

28th November – 1 place available

5th December –1 place available

12th December – 1 place available

 

Latrobe Regional Hospital - Gippsland

Regional Emergency Department

Available dates:

Commencing 1st August – limited places available

BASS COAST HEALTH, WONTHAGGI HOSPITAL - GIPPSLAND

Emergency Department

If you are interested in completing your placement here, please contact Kate Hancock on rucncdpplacements@alfred.org.au

PORTLAND DISTRICT HEALTH - BARWON SOUTH WEST

Urgent Care Centre;

If you are interested in completing your placement here, please contact Kate Hancock on rucncdpplacements@alfred.org.au

SOUTH WEST HEALTHCARE, WARRNAMBOOL BASE HOSPITAL

Emergency Department

November 2022 (2 places available)

Early December 2022 (2 places available)

If you are interested in completing your placement here on these dates, or in early 2023, please contact Kate Hancock on rucncdpplacements@alfred.org.au

BAIRNSDALE REGIONAL HEALTH SERVICE - GIPPSLAND

Emergency Department

If you are interested in completing your placement here, please contact Kate Hancock on rucncdpplacements@alfred.org.au

BALLARAT BASE HOSPITAL - GRAMPIANS

Emergency Department

If you are interested in completing your placement here, please contact Kate Hancock on rucncdpplacements@alfred.org.au

WIMMERA BASE HOSPITAL, HORSHAM - GRAMPIANS

Emergency Department

If you are interested in completing your placement here, please contact Kate Hancock on rucncdpplacements@alfred.org.au

KILMORE & DISTRICT HOSPITAL - HUME

Large Urgent Care Centre

If you are interested in completing your placement here, please contact Kate Hancock on rucncdpplacements@alfred.org.au

GOULBURN VALLEY HEALTH, SHEPPARTON - HUME

Emergency Department

If you are interested in completing your placement here, please contact Kate Hancock on rucncdpplacements@alfred.org.au

MILDURA BASE PUBLIC HOSPITAL - LODDON MALLEE

Emergency department

If you are interested in completing your placement here, please contact Kate Hancock on rucncdpplacements@alfred.org.au

SWAN HILL DISTRICT HOSPITAL - LODDON MALLEE

Emergency department

If you are interested in completing your placement here, please contact Kate Hancock on rucncdpplacements@alfred.org.au

ECHUCA REGIONAL HOSPITAL - LODDON MALLEE

Emergency department

If you are interested in completing your placement here, please contact Kate Hancock on rucncdpplacements@alfred.org.au

Have a question about Clinical Placements?

ONLINE ORIENTATION MODULES

These online orientation manuals are for nurses who have a confirmed placement with the RUCN program.

Before your placement, you need to complete the module below for the health service that you will be attending (not your regular health service). This orientation will go through everything you need to know prior to your placement including where to go on your first day, who to contact and any other shift requirements. Click on the button below the course content for your host site: