PMSC20011 - Independent Practice and Leadership
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit offers you clinical experiences where you can transition your knowledge, decision making and skills into practice as a paramedic with a primary healthcare focus. This unit centres around workplace learning for assessment, diagnosis and management of patients in the primary care environment under the supervision of a GP/physician or other advanced health care practitioner. Additionally, you will function with other healthcare providers and demonstrate your functionality within a multidisciplinary team. You will develop your leadership and managerial skills as an advanced paramedic practitioner. Finally, you will be offered the opportunity to demonstrate self-reflection in ongoing quality improvement and career development.

Details

Career Level Postgraduate
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

As this is a 1.5 year Masters by full-time (all four units done in Term 1) or 3 year part-time (two units in Term 1 and then final two units in Term 2) and a capstone workplace learning experience, the Pre-Requisites (if part time) or Co-Requisites (if full time) for this unit include:

  • PMSC20008: Primary Healthcare Management
  • PMSC20009: Primary Healthcare Assessment, Pharmacology and Skills

Co-Requisite only:

  • PMSC20010: Health Communication and Community Involvement

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Mixed Mode

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Portfolio Pass/Fail
2. Professional Practice Placement Pass/Fail

This is a pass/fail (non-graded) unit. To pass the unit, you must pass all of the individual assessment tasks shown in the table above.

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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Apply new underpinning knowledge in transition to advanced paramedic practice
  2. Promote ethical principles within independent practice
  3. Exhibit integration and functionality within a multidisciplinary team
  4. Develop leadership and managerial skills as an advanced paramedic practitioner
  5. Demonstrate self-reflection in ongoing quality improvement and career development

A Graduate Diploma is now the standard requirement for many State ambulance services for advanced positions in the paramedic field. An emphasis has been placed on preferred candidates exceeding this requirement with a Masters degree for many new positions such as the Paramedic Practitioner.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Portfolio    
2 - Professional Practice Placement    

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1. Knowledge        
2. Communication        
3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills      
4. Research      
5. Self-management        
6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility    
7. Leadership

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Portfolio
2 - Professional Practice Placement  

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorKirsty Shearer (k.shearer@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Introduction & clinical placement arrangements

Week 2 13-03-2017

THEME 1 - Transition to practice

Week 3 20-03-2017

THEME 1 - Transition to practice

Week 4 27-03-2017

THEME 2 - Applying ethical principles

Week 5 03-04-2017

THEME 2 - Applying ethical principles

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

THEME 3 - Working in a multi-disciplinary team

Week 7 24-04-2017

THEME 3 - Working in a multi-disciplinary team

Week 8 01-05-2017

THEME 4 - Leadership & managerial skills

Week 9 08-05-2017

THEME 4 - Leadership & managerial skills

Week 10 15-05-2017

THEME 5 - Self-reflection, quality improvement & career development

Week 11 22-05-2017

THEME 5 - Self-reflection, quality improvement & career development

Week 12 29-05-2017

Tying up any loose ends/clinical placements

Portfolio Due Friday (02 Jun 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Placement Due Friday (02 Jun 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Portfolio

Assessment Title Portfolio
Task Description

You will need to complete a portfolio of three sections, as outlined below:

Section 1: Ethical Principles (20% of overall mark)

In this section, you are to discuss two (2) situations where ethics has come into play during your clinical placement (or, if needed, within your own current clinical practice). Please do not include any information that may identify any participants in the situations you describe.

Please start with an introduction to the situation, and research/articulate the ethical principles you felt were in play and what any issues or conflicts were. You are then to offer a discussion of your thoughts and findings based upon the following questions:

· Were these issues resolved? If so, how? If not, what was the result?

· How did you feel about either being involved in or bearing witness to the situation?

· How will this affect your future clinical practice?

· Are you comfortable with your current knowledge of ethics as part of your practice? Is there any self-development you need to undertake?

Section 2: Leadership & management (20% of overall mark)

In this section, reflect on situations you have experienced during your own clinical practice and placements in this unit and document your thoughts on areas such as:

· What you think are good overall qualities or traits to espouse?

· What you think are good communication strategies to engage?

· Visibility & accessibility as a leader/manager?

· How you currently offer feedback (positive & negative) and could you improve?

· Promoting a positive practice environments including advocacy

· Conflict management

Section 3: Self-reflection, quality improvement & career development (20% of overall mark)

In this section, for the first part discuss your overall self-reflection on your development as a practitioner, during your clinical placements, through this program and on your own current clinical practice.

In the second part, consider areas of paramedicine from a quality improvement perspective. With your new knowledge and understanding of primary and low acuity health care, and with exposure to clinical practice in the field, what quality improvement could you see applied in paramedicine in your State, or in Australia more broadly? Do you anticipate the nature of paramedicine changing as a result of this?

In the third part, discuss your career development plan. Now that you have gained underpinning knowledge and experience in primary and low acuity care, where do you see yourself applying your new qualifications? Are there opportunities within your own service or others that you would like to pursue? What other clinical areas might you see your skills applying?

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (16-Jun-2017)
Weighting Pass/Fail
Assessment Criteria

While there is no prescribed word limit for your portfolio, use 1500 words per section as a guide. The portfolio will be assessed in accordance with the rubric provided on the unit Moodle page. The portfolio must be submitted to achieve an overall pass for this unit.

Criteria include:

Overall presentation

  • organisation of presentation/layout
  • writing mechanics
  • formatting
  • referencing

Content on each of the areas as outlines above

  • ethical principles
  • leadership & management
  • self-reflection, quality improvement & career development

This portfolio is a pass/fail task. All assessment pieces must be completed to pass this unit.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Submission online through unit Moodle page.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

2. Promote ethical principles within independent practice

4. Develop leadership and managerial skills as an advanced paramedic practitioner

5. Demonstrate self-reflection in ongoing quality improvement and career development

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

4. Research

5. Self-management

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility

7. Leadership



2 Professional Practice Placement

Assessment Title Placement
Task Description

In this unit you are required to complete 144 hours of clinical placement in a variety of settings. For this assessment, you will need to complete four (4) separate Placement Attendance & Performance Evaluation Reports (PAPERs), preferably one for each location that you work. All 4 PAPERs must be submitted to achieve an overall pass for this assessment.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (16-Jun-2017)
Weighting Pass/Fail
Assessment Criteria

Each PAPER contains section gathering feedback from your mentors on your performance in areas such as:

· applying new knowledge in transition to practice

· integration & functionality within a multidisciplinary team

· leadership & management skills

There are also sections related to attendance and conduct.

Furthermore, there are areas where you can document cases attended and the types of procedures, skills and pharmacology you have had exposure to. A copy of the PAPER will be provided on the unit Moodle page.

Your PAPERs are pass/fail tasks. All assessments must be completed to pass this unit.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Submission online through unit Moodle page.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Apply new underpinning knowledge in transition to advanced paramedic practice

3. Exhibit integration and functionality within a multidisciplinary team

4. Develop leadership and managerial skills as an advanced paramedic practitioner

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

5. Self-management

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility

7. Leadership




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