Clinical Placement

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


When will I be placed?

The Bachelor of Nursing Clinical Calendar PDF, 159.22 KB(opens in a new window) and Bachelor of Midwifery Clinical Calendar PDF, 131.08 KB (opens in a new window) indicates the placement periods for each unit, by campus and year.

Each unit's clinical placement will be scheduled in at least two rounds. Why? Unfortunately our entire student cohort cannot be accommodated with NSW Health and private facilities all at once, so we need to split them.

The majority of students will attend placement during semester. Students can be placed anywhere in the greater Sydney region, including Wollongong and Central Coast, on any shift and during Western Sydney University vacation times.

View the Bachelor of Nursing Clinical Calendar (PDF, 159.22 KB) (opens in a new window)

View the Bachelor of Midwifery Clinical Calendar PDF, 131.08 KB (opens in a new window)

When will I find out?

According to the University processes, we aim to advise you no later than four weeks prior to the placement block commencing.

When operationally feasible, we try to release the placements as early as we can to allow students time to arrange their commitments, however our timelines are impacted by NSW Health's notification of allocations.

We recommend you regularly check your student emails and InPlace as allocations can be published at any time throughout the year.

How will I find out about my placement?

You will receive an email from InPlace advising you have secured a placement and to login for further details.

Where will I be placed?

Students are advised throughout the course of the possibility of being placed anywhere in the greater Sydney metropolitan area for their placement, therefore you may be placed at a distance to your home (due to lack of places nearby).

How long is a shift?

Students can be placed either in an AM (morning) or PM (afternoon) shift for placement. However all shifts are 8 hours plus 30 minutes meal break. One 10 minute short break (Tea/Coffee break) is allowed in your 8 hours.

Is my placement flexible?

Students cannot negotiate or vary their allocated placement with facility staff or facilitators. All placements are booked and managed by the Clinical Placement Team (CPT).

However there are options to change your placement prior to commencement.

Options:

  • There is a Swaps process advertised on the Clinical vUWS site, should you and a fellow student wish to SWAP a placement of the same unit offering.
  • Email the CPT, at least 16 working days prior to commencement, the reason you cannot attend, and each case will be managed individually.

Can I request particular facilities or shifts?

You can email nursingclinical@westernsydney.edu.au your preferences which we will note on your clinical file.

However whilst we endeavour to place students in the time frame of the Clinical Calendar and at facilities and times that suit them, we are restricted to what is made available to us by NSW Health, and this involves us competing for places with other Universities.

So utilising the SWAPs system is the best way to change your placement.

What if I work?

All students need to ensure they are available for the scheduled practicum – it is a requirement of the course. You need to organise work to attend practicums.

The only exception is for those students who are employed in full-time or permanent part-time (not casuals) in the health industry. If this is the case the Clinical Placement Team requires a detailed letter from your employer at the beginning of each year and/or semester which details dates they will release you from work to attend placement. We will then note this on your clinical file. 

Further information for Students with full-time or permanent part-time position in the health industry.

What if I have children and/or child care issues?

All students need to ensure they are available for the scheduled practicum – it is a requirement of the course. You need to organise child care to attend practicum's.

Your option is to SWAP your placement with another student that may suit you and your family.

You can also contact Student Welfare as they may be able to offer some suggestions regarding childcare.

But we are unable to change allocated placements for you based on personal circumstances.

What if I am pregnant?

Congratulations! The Clinical Placement Team requires a letter from your GP stating your Estimated Delivery Date (EDD) so we can record on your clinical file. 

Once you obtain this letter, please forward a copy to the Clinical Placement Team by email – nursingclinical@westernsydney.edu.au, or by fax 02 4620-3636.

Students may attend clinical placement up to, and not any more than, 32 weeks gestation.

Students may only attend clinical placement after, and not before, 6 weeks post-partum (after the birth of the baby).

What if I have personal issues?

If you have personal situations that are making life challenging for you, the University has a number of ways to support you.

You can contact Student Counselling to discuss ways the University can support you throughout your academic studies in a range of practical ways. 

Please visit the Western Sydney University Counselling Services web page for further information about the services available to you.

What if I am having financial issues?

If you have personal situations that are making life challenging for you, the University has a number of ways to support you.

You can contact Student Welfare to discuss ways the University can support you throughout your academic studies in a range of practical ways.

Please visit the Western Sydney University Student Welfare Service web page for further information about the services available to you.

What if I don't have access to the Clinical vUWS Site?

  • Please check any announcements/emails from IT to ensure that is it not a technical issue. 
  • Please check your enrolment status.

If neither of the above apply then please email nursingclinical@westernsydney.edu.au to request access.

Where else can I get information on Clinical Placements?

Check the Clinical vUWS site or contact the CPT team via nursingclinical@westernsydney.edu.au.

What happens if I discontinue a unit, then re-enrol, or enrol after Census?

For any changes to your enrolment status, please contact the CPT immediately to advise, as this information is imperative for your eligibility to be placed.

CPT Office Closures?

CPT staff do not work on weekends or public holidays, therefore you are only able to leave a voice message or email during these periods.

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