Courses & Units

Nursing Practice 4 NUR351

Professional Experience Placement (PEP)

Students will be allocated PEP within individual health care agencies. Students must be available 5 days a week (40 hours) during the allocated PEP, and must be prepared to undertake a range of shifts – morning, evening and nightshift, which may include weekends, as per roster provided by the healthcare agency. Students may be expected to relocate and are expected to travel to where PEP is available. To be eligible to undertake PEP, all students must be ‘Verified’ as meeting College of Health and Medicine PEP Safety in Practice Compliance as per the Course Entry Requirements.

Students who cannot or do not comply with these requirements will not be allocated PEP and therefore will not be able to complete this unit.

PEP dates MAY differ from University of Tasmania calendar semester dates.

In order to commence PEP, you must:

  • Complete and submit all pre-placement compliance documentation as outlined on the PEP Website. Please adhere to the timelines that are outlined in the Safety in Practice Student Compliance Documentation Guidelines and Procedure.

In order to pass PEP, you must:

  • Demonstrate the necessary capability in practice for this particular unit of study against the NMBA’s Registered Nurse Standards for Practice (2016) as evidenced in your PEP workbook;
  • Attend 100% of the allocated PEP hours.

Missed Attendance at PEP

In the event of being unable to attend a placement, it is your responsibility to:

  • Notify the facilitator/preceptor and the health care agency administration office prior to the commencement of the shift to be missed;
  • Notify the School of Nursing via the absence from PEP form including uploading supporting documentation;
  • Log absence in PEP workbook and have signed by a Registered Nurse. NOTE: Students are not automatically permitted to make-up missed PEP time. If a student has missed any of the allocated time for PEP for any reason, including illness or extenuating circumstances, they may be required to repeat the unit of study.

Unsatisfactory Performance in PEP

In accordance with the NMBA Registered Nurse Standards for Practice (2016), a clinical facilitator/preceptor may assess a student’s performance in PEP as unsatisfactory for reasons including unsafe practice, under developed practice skills or illness during the placement making achievement of unit objectives unrealistic.

Please Note: The School of Nursing has responsibility for determining final assessment results and reviews unsatisfactory PEP assessment at the end of semester only.

Withdrawal from PEP

A student can be withdrawn from PEP in the situations listed in the College of Health and Medicine PEP Risk Management Procedure.


In Nursing Practice 4, you are required to undertake 240 hours of professional experience placement (PEP) to enable you to synthesise your conceptual, theoretical and practical knowledge and skills in order to provide high quality clinical nursing care. The PEP will prepare you for professional registration as well as enhance your understanding of the role of the registered nurse. Resources within this unit will enable you to gather and detail evidence of your progression in demonstrating the necessary capabilities of a registered nurse in accordance with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia’s (NMBA) Registered nurse standards for practice (2016).


Unit name Nursing Practice 4
Unit code NUR351
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Nursing
Discipline Nursing
Coordinator Ms Jessica Lawton
Available as an elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Nursing Study Period 1 On-Campus International International Domestic Domestic
Hobart Nursing Study Period 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Nursing Study Period 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Nursing Study Period 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Cradle Coast Nursing Study Period 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Cradle Coast Nursing Study Period 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Rozelle - Sydney Nursing Study Period 2 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Nursing Study Period 2 20/5/2024 11/6/2024 1/7/2024 11/8/2024
Nursing Study Period 1 29/1/2024 21/2/2024 14/3/2024 28/4/2024

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2024 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2024 will be available from the 1st October 2023. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Self-evaluate entry level capabilities against the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) Registered nurse standards for practice (2016).
  • Engage in critical self-reflection that demonstrates an active commitment to safe practice and practice improvement.
  • Demonstrate a self-directed disposition to learning and development appropriate to the context of Professional Experience Placement.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
060301 $555.00 $555.00 not applicable $2,883.00

1 Please refer to more information on student contribution amounts.
2 Please refer to more information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses.
3 Please refer to more information on eligibility for HECS-HELP.
4 Please refer to more information on eligibility for FEE-HELP.

If you have any questions in relation to the fees, please contact UConnect or more information is available on StudyAssist.

Please note: international students should refer to What is an indicative Fee? to get an indicative course cost.



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Teaching Pattern

This unit is delivered in a blended delivery mode comprising of face-to-face intensives as well as content delivered online via MyLO (My Learning Online). You are expected to devote around 10 hours per week to the study materials, assessment tasks and self-directed learning. You can interact with the online content at any time, which will be in a modularised format. Online tutorials/webinars will provide further opportunity to engage with
educators and peers and consolidate your knowledge of the online presentations and readings. The format and content of these sessions will be advertised through MyLO announcements.

All Intensives in the Bachelor of Nursing Science are condensed face to face campus experiences. Intensives are usually scheduled between Monday and Friday (see individual unit calendars). Intensives provide an opportunity for -student engagement, networking with staff and peers, intra-professional and inter-professional learning opportunities and engaging with guest speakers. Intensives are designed to provide you with an opportunity to apply theory to practice and develop your skills in the practice of nursing. The Intensives provide a key role in facilitating the development of your skills, knowledge and understanding. This is in preparation for both your upcoming Professional Experience Placements and your ongoing engagement in the Bachelor of Nursing Science.

Attendance at PEP is mandatory.

In the interests of both personal and public safety, as a registered nursing student with AHPRA you have a professional responsibility and duty as part of your regulatory obligations to ensure the provision of safe and effective nursing care to the public. Therefore, your attendance at intensives is required and non-attendance will result in the cancellation of PEP and a delay in course completion. Whilst the unit provides a weekly guide, it is expected that you set your own goals to meet the unit learning outcomes. You are however, expected to have engaged with the relevant online learning activities before you attend the Intensives.

AssessmentPEP Workbook|Plan: Professional Goal Setting Activity
TimetableView the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable



Required Readings will be provided by your Unit Coordinator.


 Bauldoff, G., Gubrud, P., Carno, A., Levett-Jones, T., Hales, M., Berry, K., Carville, T., Dwyer, T., Knox, N., Moxham, L., Reid-Searl, K. & Stanley, D. 2020, Lemone and Burke’s Medical-Surgical Nursing. 4th ed. Pearson, Melbourne.

Berman, A, Snyder, S, Levett-Jones, T, Burton, P & Harvey, N 2021, Skills in Clinical Nursing, 2nd edn, Pearson,  Australia (also available as an e-book).  

Bullock, S & Manias, E 2022, Fundamentals of Pharmacology, 9th edn, Pearson,  Australia (also available as an e-book).

LeMone, P., Burke, K., Bauldoff, G. et al. 2020,  LeMone & Burke's Medical-Surgical Nursing. 4th ed. Pearson, Melbourne.

Tiziani, A, 2022, Havard's Nursing Guide to Drugs, 11th edn, Elsevier,  Australia.

Recommended Readings will be provided by your Unit Coordinator via the unit Reading List on the University Library website.

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