Updated 25 June
We understand that these are uncertain and difficult times for many of you. Some of this uncertainty may relate to your studies, with particular focus on the security of your clinical placements, and your ability to continue the same.
Firstly, can we reassure you that the Professional Placement Office and the School of Nursing and Midwifery are aware of the current circumstances and working hard responding to these changing circumstances as they unfold.
Clinical placements will continue for most students enrolled in Semester 2, 2020. To date, most of our partners who provide placements are continuing to support these important learning activities.
If for any reason, one of your scheduled placements is cancelled, it will be rescheduled to later in the semester/year. In the scenario where it is later in the year, you will be awarded an incomplete grade (IDM) at the end of first semester. This will not impact on your HECS or fee obligations, and the work you have completed to date will still contribute to your final grade in these courses.
Loss of placement
Unfortunately some student’s placements have been cancelled by facilities as a result of COVID-19 precautionary measures.
In the situation that your placement is cancelled, you will be advised via email immediately in addition to your course coordinator to ensure that your grades are not negatively impacted.
As soon as your placement has been cancelled, our Placements office will commence working to source you another placement to meet the requirements of your course. You will be advised via your student email (UMail) as soon as the team has been able to reschedule your placement.
You can be assured that our Placements office will be working with your Associate Head (Clinical) on sourcing placements for all those impacted as soon as possible. We will endeavour to provide further clarify and information to all those impacted as soon as possible.
In your Final Semester of Study?
USQ is working hard to prioritise your requirements for completion, especially in the area of clinical placements.
If you are in your final semester of study, organising clinical placements for you is our priority, and over the coming weeks we will be in touch with you to confirm your final placement/s. If you have any hours owing from previous clinical placements, it would be very helpful if you could forward that information now, so we can include those hours in our planning.
NUR1299 Clinical Placements have been postponed to S2 2020
Due to the nature of the situation in our Health Care settings with COVID-19, USQ has made the informed decision to postpone your clinical placement for NUR1299 until Semester 2, 2020. This will enable you all to resume your clinical laboratories and residential schools when it safe to do so, and complete the necessary hours, skills and documentation to ensure you are well prepared for the clinical environment.
You are still expected to complete all other course and assessment requirements by the due dates specified this semester for NUR1299.
Please stay in touch on Study Desk and continue to undertake the weekly online activities created for you by the course team. Provided all other course requirements are met successfully, your grade awarded at the completion of S1, 2020 will be an IDM (Incomplete – deferred work to be submitted).
We have teams of people working on you returning to the clinical laboratories, residential schools, and a clinical placement to meet the requirements of this course as soon as possible. Your progression in the program should not be disrupted as a result of this, therefore you should continue into Semester 2 courses as planned.
We will be in touch with you regularly through StudyDesk and via your student email (UMail), and as soon as we know more about when resumption of these activities will occur, you will be notified immediately.