Clinical Placements

Important information including mandatory requirements to undertake clinical placements

Clinical Placement is an essential part of the UNE Nursing Pre Registration Programs. There are several mandatory requirements that need to be completed as part of the University enrolment process. Please note a number of these requirements take some time to complete, thus students are advised to commence processes immediately to ensure early compliance requirements are met. Please note that there are NSW Ministry of Health and UNE requirements that must be met by all students before placement.

Clinical Requirements

To be eligible to attend clinical placement all Bachelor of Nursing and Master of Nursing Practice students must meet Mandatory UNE and NSW Ministry of Health verification requirements by week 9 of the first trimester of study (as per the nursing planner for the year of study). These include:

NSW Ministry of Health Requirements
  • Adult Vaccination as per the NSW Ministry of Health requirements for Category A Health Care Workers
  • National Criminal History Check

Students must have a current (expires 3 years from date of issue) National Criminal History Check, International Students must also provide a Police Check from their home country or Statutory Declaration. A Valid National History Criminal History Check must comply with the following requirements:

  • It must be from a Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) Accredited Broker Agency (as listed on the ACIC website ) or an Australian State NSW Police or Territory Police Force or the Australian Federal Police, and
  • It must state that it is a National or Australia wide check, and
  • It must include the student's full name and their date of birth, and
  • It  must not have any offences listed (students with criminal history must provide a Clinical Placement Authority Card (CPAC) or conditional letter from the Employment Screening and Review Unit, NSW HealthShare), AND
  • The name on the Police Certificate must be the same name as on the Student's ID card.

Please Note that some private facilities such as Aged Care Facilities may not accept Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission broker provided certificates. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that they have the appropriate clearance prior to attending placement in these facilities

UNE Mandatory Requirements

In addition, students must meet UNE requirements by week 9 of the first Trimester of Study (as per the nursing planner for the year of study. These include:

Student Declaration/Fitness for Practice form

All new students of the UNE nursing courses will be required to complete an electronic Student Declaration form at the commencement of their first trimester of the degree, by the due date. Students must read the document carefully and ensure that they fully understand and comply with all compulsory requirements for the clinical component of the program. Students MUST complete the document prior to commencement of their first Clinical Placement. Unless updated during the duration of the degree, students will complete this declaration once, it is the individual student’s responsibility to ensure that they are aware of the contents of the declaration, including all associated documents and abide by it at all times when enrolled in the nursing degree.

Students who are aware of any chronic or acute injuries, illnesses or other such issues that may affect the safety of themselves or others in the clinical setting will be required to provide a Fitness for Practice Certificate signed by their Medical Practitioner prior to commencement of placement.

Non-compliance with the above requirements will result in students being ineligible for placement.  This will result in a fail grade for the attached unit.

Compliance with all the above requirements remains the sole responsibility of the student.

Further information on the above requirements can be found on ClinConnect.

Tuberculosis Screening (TB)

TST screening is required if a person was born in or has resided for more than three months in a high incidence country. A list of high incidence countries is available by contacting the School of Health via the AskUNE system.

Additional screening arrangements for Tuberculosis (if required) will be advised once students have arrived at UNE.

First Aid Certification

Students MUST have a current Australian Work Cover Approved first Aid certificate whilst undertaking any of the Pre Registration Nursing courses. The First Aid Certificate is required to be presented to the clinical school during the first week of teaching of the First Trimester of the degree. Students who do not possess a current first aid certificate will be required to attend a certified First Aid Course prior to commencement of clinical placement.

Students will be expected to show evidence that they are working towards or have met this requirement within 2 weeks of the start of the teaching period of their first Trimester. Satisfactory evidence is a current first aid certificate or proof of enrolment in an approved course.

Assistance to find a course will be provided where possible.

A failure to provide this evidence by the due date will affect your ability to attend placement.

Working with Children Check (WWC)

It is a mandatory UNE requirement that all students undertaking clinical placement provide a current working with children check within the first three weeks of the commencement of their first trimester.

Further information on the check including how to apply can be found on the government site, Kids' Guardian.

Uniform/Student ID

Students will be required to purchase a UNE Nursing Student Clinical placement uniform. Students must purchase a UNE Nursing shirt and UNE approved Nursing Pants from Campus Essentials within the first two (2) weeks of the commencement of their first trimester.

Students are encouraged to ensure that they have budgeted for this purchase as they will not be able to attend placement if they have not purchased the correct uniform.

Other UNE Nursing uniform garments may be purchased elsewhere. The Clinical School will advise remaining uniform requirements once you are on campus.

All UNE Nursing Students will be required to wear their UNE ID Card at all times during placement. Students are advised that their UNE Student ID card will be issued to them by security. Students are asked to please ensure that Nursing Student is written on their ID Card.

Mandatory Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Students must ensure that they comply with NSW Ministry of Health and Private Health organisation Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) guidelines. All facilities require that students purchase individual PPE eyewear for use on placement.  Students are able to purchase these from Campus Essentials* — there are two types/styles of glasses to choose from.

*Campus Essentials (Post Office, Newsagents, Retail Shop)
Phone: 02 6773 3073

2nd Year (commencing Enrolled Nurse) entry students

In 2017, all second year entry students are advised to attend compulsory day of commencing Enrolled Nurse orientation on Monday 20th February 2017 (see Orientation Program). Full time 2nd year entry students will study HLTH320, HSNS263, HSNS264, HSNS264 and are required to attend the Mandatory Intensive Schools.