PARAMEDIC CLINICAL PLACEMENT A

PAR5CMA

2016

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Students undertaking the Bachelor of Paramedic Practice and Bachelor of Public Health Promotion program are required to undertake clinical placements in an ambulance service setting. In this subject, students will have an opportunity to integrate theory into practice under supervision. They will explore the role of the paramedic as a clinician and build on the model of paramedic clinical competence in the context of paramedic clinical practice. While on clinical placement, students will have the opportunity to practice and develop their clinical skills in the management of patients with acute health conditions in a supervised clinical environment. Skills to be practised include communication and scene management, and procedures associated with airway, breathing, circulation, posture and patient assessment.

SchoolLa Trobe Rural Health School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSusan Furness

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites PAR4ATM & PAR4PMA

Co-requisites PAR3GSN & PHE3BRH

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Use relevant theoretical knowledge and clinical skills to decide on, and justify, the care you provide to patients while supervised in an emergency ambulance service setting. You will be able to (a) undertake paramedic clinical tasks and techniques in a supervised emergency ambulance service setting; (b) determine and describe an appropriate paramedic response to a patient's real life emergency situation; (c)competently integrate theory and practice to provide care to patients in an emergency situation while being supervised.

Activities:
Undertake supervised clinical practice with an ambulance service.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Communication (Communication)
Discipline Specific Competencies (Discipline Specific Competencies)
Speaking (Speaking)
Ethical/ Social Responsibility (Ethical/ Social Responsibility)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Writing (Writing)
Professional Practice (Professional Practice)

02. Perform as an effective and responsible team member and work, under supervision, with other paramedic and health care professionals to provide appropriate patient care. You will be able to (a) describe the operational setting for paramedics in the community and the emergency health system; (b) apply independent work and team skills in an integrated manner in a variety of situations and teams in a workplace setting; (c) perform an effective patient handover to and from related emergency services and primary health care teams.

Activities:
Perform a patient handover to a receiving facility.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Professional Practice (Professional Practice)
Ethical/ Social Responsibility (Ethical/ Social Responsibility)
Speaking (Speaking)
Communication (Communication)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Discipline Specific Competencies (Discipline Specific Competencies)
Writing (Writing)

03. Recognise and perform your role and responsibilities in a supervised emergency clinical setting. You will be able to (a) describe and discuss statutes, legislation and public policies that guide clinical practice for a paramedic; (b) determine the social and ethical principles and standards of practice in use in an emergency clinical setting, by evaluating personal and organisational characteristics and strategies; (c) display professional demeanours and leadership capabilities required of a beginning paramedic; (d) identify and apply a culturally sensitive approach to your own reactions, and to those of patients and their families, to acute illness or injury experienced in an emergency clinical setting.

Activities:
Undertake the collection and interpretation of a patient history.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Professional Practice (Professional Practice)
Communication (Communication)
Speaking (Speaking)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Ethical/ Social Responsibility (Ethical/ Social Responsibility)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Writing (Writing)

04. Assimilate information and communicate it clearly as appropriate for the emergency ambulance services setting. You will be able to: (a) use a range of communication technologies and media in an integrated manner; (b) interpret complex information into an appropriate mode to inform others with specific needs and context; (c) use contextually sensitive written and oral skills to engage others in effective communication; (d) develop and present concise and thorough explanations that are relevant and appropriately targeted for patients or colleagues as needed.

Activities:
Complete an ambulance service patient care record.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Speaking (Speaking)
Communication (Communication)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Professional Practice (Professional Practice)
Writing (Writing)

05. Critically reflect on and review your clinical practice to determine, and put in place, strategies for improvement. You will be able to: (a) maintain a reflective journal during your clinical paramedic practice; (b) identify suitable resources and learning experiences to maintain your learning needs relevant to the emergency health service clinical environment; (c) negotiate opportunities to undertake learning experiences within the clinical setting.

Activities:
Complete a report on an aspect of clinical practice, supported by clinical log and reflective journal.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Communication (Communication)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2016, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSusan Furness

Class requirements

Block Mode Week: 31 - 31
One 5.0 days block mode per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 31 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Theory block prior to placement"

Placement - Off Site Week: 32 - 43
One 15.0 days placement - off site per study period from week 32 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Students undertake a 3- week placement (15 x 8-hour days approx;`1 - week block teaching of theory prior to placement"

WorkShop Week: 31 - 31
Five 3.0 hours workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 31 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
1,000-word clinical practice report supported by clinical log and reflective journal.60 03, 05
15 minute clinical assessment scenarioHURDLE:Pass standard is required40 01, 02, 04