Nursing

Listed below are some frequently asked questions relating to WPL. For any further information please contact the BN WPL Team

Workplace Learning (WPL) – which is also known as work-integrated learning, practicum, professional practice, professional experience, internships, placements, fieldwork or clinical placements – allows for students to learn through direct implementation of their future professional roles in real workplace settings.

The term 'workplace learning' or 'WPL' has become the preferred generic Charles Sturt term to refer to student activities undertaken in authentic workplace settings. However, the WPL experience can also be called the 'WPL placement', 'clinical placement' or some simply, 'placement'.

The knowledge, skills and attitudes practised by students on their placements are guided by the learning outcomes of the subjects in which they are enrolled.  There are eight (8) subjects within the BN that require students to complete WPL experiences. These subjects are:

SubjectDuration
NRS112 Simulation only (Labs)
NRS122 80 hours
NRS211 160 hours
NRS222 80 hours
NRS223 80 hours
NRS311 80 hours
NRS312 160 hours
NRS327 160 hours
Total hours of WPL800 hours

Each of these subjects will teach BN students a range of knowledge, skills and attitudes, which the students are required to demonstrate during their WPL experiences. Students are provided with a list of these knowledge, skills and attitudes to take with them on their placement.

All placements for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing (BN) course are arranged through the BN WPL Team.

No.  It is important that the WPL Team organises all placements to ensure compliance with the policies and procedures that guide the WPL experiences of students.  Of particular note are the policies and procedures related to safety and insurance.

Generally speaking, nursing students can expect to complete their WPL experience 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.

All nursing students are given the opportunity, each session, to fill out preference sheets to identify where and when they would like to undertake their WPL experiences.  The WPL Team does their best to consider each student's preference when allocating placements.  However, students cannot expect to receive all of their preferences. This is because the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health has a large number of BN students, many of whom have the same preferences for the location of the WPL experience. To support equity, it is important to ensure that each student is placed in these 'popular' places at least once, if this is his/her preference.

Students are regularly provided with information about their WPL allocations, throughout their enrolment in the BN course.  Students are also able to approach their Clinical Subject Coordinators or the WPL Team with questions.

Future students with questions about the timing of locating of future placements are encouraged to email: bnclinical@csu.edu.au and request more information (e.g. WPL calendars, specific locations, and so on).

BN students do NOT attend a WPL placement on the weekend or a public holiday. The only exception to this are students in their final placement before graduation.

BN students are always supervised by a Registered Nurse when they undertake a clinical placement. BN students are also supported by a preceptor, clinical supervisor or clinical facilitator while on placement.

All students are fully informed of the model of supervision that is used in the location or setting in which they are undertaking their WPL experience, prior to commencement. It is also important to note that students undertake their placement as a 'super-numerary' member of staff – this means that they are placed in a workplace setting 'in addition' to regular staff.

Yes.  In addition to successfully completing the theoretical assessment requirements of each of the clinical subjects, to pass a subject students must also demonstrate competency of the Charles Sturt BN Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes. Students are fully informed of these requirements prior to going out on their WPL placement.

Students are responsible for arranging their own accommodation when undertaking a placement. Advice will be given by the WPL team about the best places to find accommodation. Arrangements for accommodation should be made as soon as possible after students are notified about the location and timing of their placement.

Details about how to obtain accommodation, and the rules around paying for and accessing accommodation, are made available to students once they commence the course.

Students are also required to pay for the following:

  • Charles Sturt uniform costs,
  • Cost of the immunisations, police checks and other documentation required by a health service organisation prior to commencement,
  • Travel, meal and accommodation costs for placements in distant locations,
  • Potential loss of income for those who are employed full or part-time and must take time off work to undertake the WPL experience, and
  • Other miscellaneous costs.

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