Workplace learning

Workplace Learning is an exciting and essential part of all of our courses, providing students with the opportunity to apply knowledge and develop skills in authentic, health-related, practice-based settings.

Because knowing, learning and doing occurs alongside different people (e.g. health professionals, clinical teachers, patients or clients) in a range of occupational settings, Workplace Learning provides each student with their own unique learning opportunities.

Participation in Workplace Learning also helps graduating students to make a more effective transition from the university context into the workforce, upon completion of their course.

Students across the School of Nursing, Paramedicine and Healthcare Sciences participate in Workplace Learning in a variety of locations and settings.  Examples of the different settings in which students participate in Workplace Learning include (without being limited to):

  • Primary healthcare settings in a range of rural and remote locations (e.g. general practices, community managed organisations, schools, step-up/step-down facilities)
  • Secondary healthcare settings (e.g. medical or surgical wards in larger hospitals, rural hospitals, community health centres, mental health facilities, aged care facilities, palliative care facilities)
  • Tertiary healthcare settings such as rural referral hospitals, forensic facilities, dual disability services, paediatric units.

Generally speaking, undergraduate students (nursing, Indigenous health) can expect to undertake their Workplace Learning placements within or adjacent to the Charles Sturt 'footprint'.

This is because our best partnerships have been forged with those with whom the University interacts most regularly.  For more information about the locations of Charles Sturt campuses.

Postgraduate students (midwifery, nursing) are more likely to undertake their Workplace Learning experiences in their place of work.

CSU offers numerous options for distance study, which makes learning achievable.

We had an excellent simulated environment to learn practical skills.

Harlie Barnes