CSB342 Paramedic Clinical Practice 2

Unit synopsis

This unit is the second in a series of supervised clinical practice units designed to further develop your knowledge, skills and application of paramedic practice. Topics include the following: assessing, diagnosing, planning, implementing and evaluating patient care in the out of hospital phase of emergency care; effective scene management including logistics, safe access and egress, and patient extrication techniques; written and oral communication including patient interviews, radio procedures, writing ambulance report forms and patient handover at hospital. The placement is six weeks and provides a transition from observer to operational ambulance crew member under the supervision of a qualified paramedic mentor. [Designated unit.]

Faculty
Faculty of Health
Study area
Health and community
Credit points
12

Dates and locations

Teaching period Locations
Summer, 2017
20 November 2017 - 16 February 2018
  • Kelvin Grove
Semester 1, 2018
19 February 2018 - 22 June 2018
  • Kelvin Grove
Summer, 2018
19 November 2018 - 22 February 2019
  • Kelvin Grove

Fees

Commonwealth supported place (CSP) student contribution amount
2017: $1,131
2018: $1,169
Domestic fee-paying student fee
2017: $3,144
2018: $3,444
International student fee
2017: $3,432
2018: $3,768

Guide to fees

Commonwealth supported place (CSP) student contribution amount
For Australian citizens, permanent visa holders and permanent humanitarian visa holders, and New Zealand citizens who study this unit:
  • as part of a QUT course and are eligible for a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
  • as a cross-institutional student who has a Commonwealth supported place at their home university.
Domestic fee-paying student fee
For Australian citizens, permanent visa holders and permanent humanitarian visa holders, and New Zealand citizens, who study this unit:
  • as part of a QUT course and are not eligible for a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
  • as part of a QUT course during Summer Semester
  • as a cross-institutional student who does not have a Commonwealth supported place at their home university
  • as a single-unit study student.
International student fee
For international students who study this unit:
  • as part of a QUT course
  • as part of our study abroad or exchange programs
  • as a cross-institutional student.

Previous study requirements

Prerequisites
( CSB331 or PUB270) and ( CSB340 or PUB567 or PUB555). CSB340 can be studied in the same teaching period as CSB342
Equivalents
PUB532

Guide to previous study requirements

Prerequisites
To enrol in this unit, you must have completed these prerequisite units (or have credit, advanced standing or exemption for them), or be able to demonstrate that you have equivalent background knowledge.
Anti-requisites
You can’t enrol in this unit if you have completed any of these anti-requisite units.
Co-requisites
To enrol in this unit, you must have already completed these co-requisite units, or you must enrol in them at the same time.
Equivalents
You can’t enrol in this unit if you have completed any of these equivalent units.
Assumed knowledge
We assume that you have a minimum level of knowledge in certain areas before you start this unit.

Summer Semester details

Dates
20 November 2017 - 16 February 2018
Fee type
Commonwealth Support
Restrictions
This unit is only available to students enrolled in PU46 Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedic) or CS43 Bachelor of Paramedic Science.
Notes
QUT students in a Commonwealth Supported Place undertake this unit on a Commonwealth Supported basis.

Rationale

This unit is in the developmental stage of your course and builds on the work you learned in previous paramedic clinical units. This unit provides you with opportunities to strengthen your practice skills and provide evidence of your development as a clinician in a supervised environment. Additionally it is fundamental to this course that you are exposed to an appropriate case load of suitable patients in the out of hospital phase. This unit is the second in a series of three that provide the work integrated learning experience. Over a six week period, you will be required to complete approximately 240 hours of placement to be conducted externally through the Queensland Ambulance Service.

Designated unit
This is a designated unit. Designated units include professional experience units, units requiring the development of particular skills, and units requiring the demonstration of certain personal qualities, and are deemed to be critical to progress in your course. At the end of each semester, if you fail to achieve a passing grade in this unit you may be eligible for a period of probation or exclusion.

Aims

The aim of this unit is to build on your previous supervised clinical practice in CSB331. During this clinical field placement your level of practice will evolve to that of a patient care officer in a supervised student capacity.

Learning outcomes

Successful completion of this unit requires you to provide evidence of the ability to:

  1. Apply holistic paramedic practice management, collaborative, evidence-based decision-making at non-complex scenes and with straight forward clinical presentations;
  2. Communicate information, advice, interpersonal skills in managing patients' trust and confidence in the out of hospital phase;
  3. Reflect on your developing professional capabilities, clinical reasoning and problem solving, communication with team members, members of the public and other healthcare professionals;
  4. Demonstrate empathy and compassion toward the sick and injured who are in need of paramedic assistance.

Content

Clinical Practice will be conducted in the prehospital environment under the supervision of an appropriately qualified clinical mentor. One of the crew members will be an appropriately qualified clinical mentor.

This unit will include:

  • Effective scene management, including, logistics, safe access and egress, and patient extrication techniques;
  • Introduction to the assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation, and evaluation of patient care in the out of hospital phase;
  • Written and oral communication including, patient interviews, radio procedures, writing ambulance report forms (ARFs) and patient handover at hospital; and
  • Assistance to operational crews under direction, when acting as a third officer and transition to the role of second officer.

Approaches to teaching and learning

This unit engages you in work-integrated learning experiences. Through the reflection of performance in the course experience to date, you are gaining knowledge of self and therefore better able to understand human behaviour and what motivates others. Knowledge of self, identify and culture influences the quality of care of patients and is developed through reflections on the learning experiences during placement. Your interpersonal skills and attributes, your continuing personal and professional development, are evidenced and assessed in practice and recorded in your portfolio.

Your mentored clinical experience is vital. It is during this time you begin to transfer your knowledge and skills into the environment where you will practise as an ambulance paramedic. Your Paramedic Mentor will guide and support you throughout this and your future field practicums. In your clinical foundation units, and CSB331 Paramedic Clinical Practice 1 in semester 1 and 2, you were introduced to the ambulance environment as an observer. The challenge for you now is to build on these developing clinical leadership skills, to transition from observer to an operational ambulance crew member in the supervised capacity as a student paramedic. The speed at which you transition is dependent on your confidence, ability to reflect on your engagement with these real world learning experiences.

Assessment items

Name #1: Reflective Journal
DescriptionYou are required to reflect on, and analyse an experience which examines the reality of practice, the ambulance culture, drawn from your clinical placement experience.
You will meet your 'My CPR' placement 20 points by reflecting on the realities of practice in a self - assessment of your developing knowledge, skills, and professional capabilities.

Referencing to support your reflections must follow the APA 6th referencing style.

Weight:Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Due date:Sunday on the completion of week 4 of the placement.
Due dateSunday Week 4
Internal or externalInternal
Group or individualIndividual
Relates to learning outcomes3
Name #2: In-field Assessment
DescriptionThis is a six (6) week placement as a third person with a paramedic crew. Clinical mentors will provide feedback via a specifically designed assessment tool, on your demonstrated team skills, holistic paramedic practice management, evidence-based decision-making, your assistance to operational crews, following directions, your ability to reason, problem solve and demonstration of professional and interpersonal communication skills in managing patients' trust and confidence in the out of hospital phase.

Weight:Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory
Due dateEnd of Semester
Internal or externalInternal
Group or individualIndividual
Relates to learning outcomes1, 2 and 4
Name #3: Examination (practical)
DescriptionAssessment name:Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)

This physical or oral demonstration of skills and scenario based assessment assessed your application of holistic paramedic practice management, collaborative, evidence-based decision-making.

Weight:Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Due date:Throughout semester - refer to Blackboard
Due dateThroughout semester
Internal or externalInternal
Group or individualIndividual
Relates to learning outcomes1.

Academic integrity

QUT is committed to maintaining high academic standards to protect the value of its qualifications. To assist you in assuring the academic integrity of your assessment you are encouraged to make use of the support materials and services available to help you consider and check your assessment items. Important information about the university's approach to academic integrity of assessment is on your unit Blackboard site.

A breach of academic integrity is regarded as Student Misconduct and can lead to the imposition of penalties.

Resource materials

Queensland Ambulance Service. (2015). Clinical practice manual. Brisbane: Available online at: https://ambulance.qld.gov.au/clinical.html

Risk assessment statement

Out of hospital care can be hazardous. You are required to work as part of an operational crew responding to emergency 000 calls. There is regular exposure to high speed driving, body fluids, medical sharps, defibrillators and sometimes aggressive patients in the off campus phase of the unit. Your clinical practice is supervised at all time during this unit and the QUT student paramedic uniform and appropriate personal protective equipment as purchased from 'What's in a Name' ( www.whatsinaname.net.au) or other advised supplier must be worn during this placement.

Coordinator

Name
Dr Anthony Devenish
Email
scott.devenish@qut.edu.au
Phone
3138 3581
Fax
3138 3369

Rationale

This unit is in the developmental stage of your course and builds on the work you learned in previous paramedic clinical units. This unit provides you with opportunities to strengthen your practice skills and provide evidence of your development as a clinician in a supervised environment. Additionally it is fundamental to this course that you are exposed to an appropriate case load of suitable patients in the out of hospital phase. This unit is the second in a series of three that provide the work integrated learning experience. Over a six week period, you will be required to complete approximately 240 hours of placement to be conducted externally through the Queensland Ambulance Service.

Designated unit
This is a designated unit. Designated units include professional experience units, units requiring the development of particular skills, and units requiring the demonstration of certain personal qualities, and are deemed to be critical to progress in your course. At the end of each semester, if you fail to achieve a passing grade in this unit you may be eligible for a period of probation or exclusion.

Aims

The aim of this unit is to build on your previous supervised clinical practice in CSB331. During this clinical field placement your level of practice will evolve to that of a patient care officer in a supervised student capacity.

Learning outcomes

Successful completion of this unit requires you to provide evidence of the ability to:

  1. Apply holistic paramedic practice management, collaborative, evidence-based decision-making at non-complex scenes and with straight forward clinical presentations;
  2. Communicate information, advice, interpersonal skills in managing patients' trust and confidence in the out of hospital phase;
  3. Reflect on your developing professional capabilities, clinical reasoning and problem solving, communication with team members, members of the public and other healthcare professionals;
  4. Demonstrate empathy and compassion toward the sick and injured who are in need of paramedic assistance.

Content

Clinical Practice will be conducted in the prehospital environment under the supervision of an appropriately qualified clinical mentor. One of the crew members will be an appropriately qualified clinical mentor.

This unit will include:

  • Effective scene management, including, logistics, safe access and egress, and patient extrication techniques;
  • Introduction to the assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation, and evaluation of patient care in the out of hospital phase;
  • Written and oral communication including, patient interviews, radio procedures, writing ambulance report forms (ARFs) and patient handover at hospital; and
  • Assistance to operational crews under direction, when acting as a third officer and transition to the role of second officer.

Approaches to teaching and learning

This unit engages you in work-integrated learning experiences. Through the reflection of performance in the course experience to date, you are gaining knowledge of self and therefore better able to understand human behaviour and what motivates others. Knowledge of self, identify and culture influences the quality of care of patients and is developed through reflections on the learning experiences during placement. Your interpersonal skills and attributes, your continuing personal and professional development, are evidenced and assessed in practice and recorded in your portfolio.

Your mentored clinical experience is vital. It is during this time you begin to transfer your knowledge and skills into the environment where you will practise as an ambulance paramedic. Your Paramedic Mentor will guide and support you throughout this and your future field practicums. In your clinical foundation units, and CSB331 Paramedic Clinical Practice 1 in semester 1 and 2, you were introduced to the ambulance environment as an observer. The challenge for you now is to build on these developing clinical leadership skills, to transition from observer to an operational ambulance crew member in the supervised capacity as a student paramedic. The speed at which you transition is dependent on your confidence, ability to reflect on your engagement with these real world learning experiences.

Assessment items

Name #1: Reflective Journal
DescriptionYou are required to reflect on, and analyse an experience which examines the reality of practice, the ambulance culture, drawn from your clinical placement experience.
You will meet your 'My CPR' placement 20 points by reflecting on the realities of practice in a self - assessment of your developing knowledge, skills, and professional capabilities.

Referencing to support your reflections must follow the APA 6th referencing style.

Weight:Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Due date:Sunday on the completion of week 4 of the placement.
Due dateSunday Week 4
Internal or externalInternal
Group or individualIndividual
Relates to learning outcomes3
Name #2: In-field Assessment
DescriptionThis is a six (6) week placement as a third person with a paramedic crew. Clinical mentors will provide feedback via a specifically designed assessment tool, on your demonstrated team skills, holistic paramedic practice management, evidence-based decision-making, your assistance to operational crews, following directions, your ability to reason, problem solve and demonstration of professional and interpersonal communication skills in managing patients' trust and confidence in the out of hospital phase.

Weight:Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory
Due dateEnd of Semester
Internal or externalInternal
Group or individualIndividual
Relates to learning outcomes1, 2 and 4
Name #3: Examination (practical)
DescriptionAssessment name:Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)

This physical or oral demonstration of skills and scenario based assessment assessed your application of holistic paramedic practice management, collaborative, evidence-based decision-making.

Weight:Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Due date:Throughout semester - refer to Blackboard
Due dateThroughout semester
Internal or externalInternal
Group or individualIndividual
Relates to learning outcomes1.

Academic integrity

QUT is committed to maintaining high academic standards to protect the value of its qualifications. To assist you in assuring the academic integrity of your assessment you are encouraged to make use of the support materials and services available to help you consider and check your assessment items. Important information about the university's approach to academic integrity of assessment is on your unit Blackboard site.

A breach of academic integrity is regarded as Student Misconduct and can lead to the imposition of penalties.

Resource materials

Queensland Ambulance Service. (2015). Clinical practice manual. Brisbane: Available online at: https://ambulance.qld.gov.au/clinical.html

Risk assessment statement

Out of hospital care can be hazardous. You are required to work as part of an operational crew responding to emergency 000 calls. There is regular exposure to high speed driving, body fluids, medical sharps, defibrillators and sometimes aggressive patients in the off campus phase of the unit. Your clinical practice is supervised at all time during this unit and the QUT student paramedic uniform and appropriate personal protective equipment as purchased from 'What's in a Name' ( www.whatsinaname.net.au) or other advised supplier must be worn during this placement.

Rationale

This unit is in the developmental stage of your course and builds on the work you learned in previous paramedic clinical units. This unit provides you with opportunities to strengthen your practice skills and provide evidence of your development as a clinician in a supervised environment. Additionally it is fundamental to this course that you are exposed to an appropriate case load of suitable patients in the out of hospital phase. This unit is the second in a series of three that provide the work integrated learning experience. Over a six week period, you will be required to complete approximately 240 hours of placement to be conducted externally through the Queensland Ambulance Service.

Designated unit
This is a designated unit. Designated units include professional experience units, units requiring the development of particular skills, and units requiring the demonstration of certain personal qualities, and are deemed to be critical to progress in your course. At the end of each semester, if you fail to achieve a passing grade in this unit you may be eligible for a period of probation or exclusion.

Aims

The aim of this unit is to build on your previous supervised clinical practice in CSB331. During this clinical field placement your level of practice will evolve to that of a patient care officer in a supervised student capacity.

Learning outcomes

Successful completion of this unit requires you to provide evidence of the ability to:

  1. Apply holistic paramedic practice management, collaborative, evidence-based decision-making at non-complex scenes and with straight forward clinical presentations;
  2. Communicate information, advice, interpersonal skills in managing patients' trust and confidence in the out of hospital phase;
  3. Reflect on your developing professional capabilities, clinical reasoning and problem solving, communication with team members, members of the public and other healthcare professionals;
  4. Demonstrate empathy and compassion toward the sick and injured who are in need of paramedic assistance.

Content

Clinical Practice will be conducted in the prehospital environment under the supervision of an appropriately qualified clinical mentor. One of the crew members will be an appropriately qualified clinical mentor.

This unit will include:

  • Effective scene management, including, logistics, safe access and egress, and patient extrication techniques;
  • Introduction to the assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation, and evaluation of patient care in the out of hospital phase;
  • Written and oral communication including, patient interviews, radio procedures, writing ambulance report forms (ARFs) and patient handover at hospital; and
  • Assistance to operational crews under direction, when acting as a third officer and transition to the role of second officer.

Approaches to teaching and learning

This unit engages you in work-integrated learning experiences. Through the reflection of performance in the course experience to date, you are gaining knowledge of self and therefore better able to understand human behaviour and what motivates others. Knowledge of self, identify and culture influences the quality of care of patients and is developed through reflections on the learning experiences during placement. Your interpersonal skills and attributes, your continuing personal and professional development, are evidenced and assessed in practice and recorded in your portfolio.

Your mentored clinical experience is vital. It is during this time you begin to transfer your knowledge and skills into the environment where you will practise as an ambulance paramedic. Your Paramedic Mentor will guide and support you throughout this and your future field practicums. In your clinical foundation units, and CSB331 Paramedic Clinical Practice 1 in semester 1 and 2, you were introduced to the ambulance environment as an observer. The challenge for you now is to build on these developing clinical leadership skills, to transition from observer to an operational ambulance crew member in the supervised capacity as a student paramedic. The speed at which you transition is dependent on your confidence, ability to reflect on your engagement with these real world learning experiences.

Assessment items

Name #1: Reflective Journal
DescriptionYou are required to reflect on, and analyse an experience which examines the reality of practice, the ambulance culture, drawn from your clinical placement experience.
You will meet your 'My CPR' placement 20 points by reflecting on the realities of practice in a self - assessment of your developing knowledge, skills, and professional capabilities.

Referencing to support your reflections must follow the APA 6th referencing style.

Weight:Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Due date:Sunday on the completion of week 4 of the placement.
Due dateSunday Week 4
Internal or externalInternal
Group or individualIndividual
Relates to learning outcomes3
Name #2: In-field Assessment
DescriptionThis is a six (6) week placement as a third person with a paramedic crew. Clinical mentors will provide feedback via a specifically designed assessment tool, on your demonstrated team skills, holistic paramedic practice management, evidence-based decision-making, your assistance to operational crews, following directions, your ability to reason, problem solve and demonstration of professional and interpersonal communication skills in managing patients' trust and confidence in the out of hospital phase.

Weight:Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory
Due dateEnd of Semester
Internal or externalInternal
Group or individualIndividual
Relates to learning outcomes1, 2 and 4
Name #3: Examination (practical)
DescriptionAssessment name:Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)

This physical or oral demonstration of skills and scenario based assessment assessed your application of holistic paramedic practice management, collaborative, evidence-based decision-making.

Weight:Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Due date:Throughout semester - refer to Blackboard
Due dateThroughout semester
Internal or externalInternal
Group or individualIndividual
Relates to learning outcomes1.

Academic integrity

QUT is committed to maintaining high academic standards to protect the value of its qualifications. To assist you in assuring the academic integrity of your assessment you are encouraged to make use of the support materials and services available to help you consider and check your assessment items. Important information about the university's approach to academic integrity of assessment is on your unit Blackboard site.

A breach of academic integrity is regarded as Student Misconduct and can lead to the imposition of penalties.

Resource materials

Queensland Ambulance Service. (2015). Clinical practice manual. Brisbane: Available online at: https://ambulance.qld.gov.au/clinical.html

Risk assessment statement

Out of hospital care can be hazardous. You are required to work as part of an operational crew responding to emergency 000 calls. There is regular exposure to high speed driving, body fluids, medical sharps, defibrillators and sometimes aggressive patients in the off campus phase of the unit. Your clinical practice is supervised at all time during this unit and the QUT student paramedic uniform and appropriate personal protective equipment as purchased from 'What's in a Name' ( www.whatsinaname.net.au) or other advised supplier must be worn during this placement.