A major difference in postgraduate professional experience placement (PEP) is that students often undertake placements in their current place of employment.
There are two different types of postgraduate placements. It is important that you know which type of placement you are undertaking:
- Observational PEP - this is where you observe clinical activities. You do not undertake any clinical activities, and the focus is on careful observation.
- Work Integrated Learning (WIL) - this involves intentional, organised, supervised and assessed educational activity. WIL integrates theoretical learning with its application in the workplace.
Work Integrated Learning can occur:
- as directed work experience in an industry or professional workplace. In postgraduate PEP this can be either in your current place of work or in an organised supernumerary placement.
If you are undertaking a supernumerary placement you will not be paid for your placement and will need to organise time off your current work to attend your PEP.
- in simulated workplace setting on campus; or
- through assessment activities designed to simulate authentic workplace activities or requirements.
You will need to comply with all Flinders University PEP requirements for an observational placement, a work based WIL placement or a supernumerary WIL placement.
Preceptors, Facilitators and Mentors
You are required to nominate one or more preceptor(s) to support you during your professional experience placement.
A preceptor is a qualified and experienced nurse who is willing to provide you with a one-on-one teaching relationship. They are to be on-site at your placement venue and able to assist you to successfully perform your new roles and responsibilities.
Flinders University will also provide a PEP Facilitator to support both you and your preceptor(s) to the equivalent of 30 minutes per full clinical placement day.
If you are admitted to the Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) you are required to nominate one or more mentors who will support your placement.
A mentor is an expert in the clinical field who is able to support you and provide guidance toward effective engagement in clinical practice.
Your clinical mentor should therefore be recognised as an advanced practice clinician in their profession (e.g., an endorsed Nurse Practitioner), or they should be a medical consultant, physician, General Practitioner or senior registrar.
The details of your preceptor(s) or mentor(s) are to be submitted to the PEP Unit. Please see pre-placement requirements for more information.