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This is the Clinical Placement system used by the Nursing & Midwifery Program at the University of the Sunshine Coast.
Once you have logged into Sonia Online, your School homepage will become active. From here you can access information relating to your Clinical Placement including:
- your placement details;
- Forms and information for Mandatory Pre-Clinical Requirements;
- Reminders and important dates;
- Electronic forms;
- Facility information;
- Uploading and viewing pre-clinical documentation.
Important note: It is not always possible to place all students near where they live; you may have to travel further than you do to get to University. Placements are allocated in different ways for different subjects; decisions are governed by students' scope of practice which develops as you progress through the Degree.
You need to ensure that you have completed the following mandatory checks prior to the commencement of your placement.
USC has a responsibility to ensure all students comply with the mandatory checks (requirements) of placement sites. It is essential that each student maintains their own personal process to manage paper and electronic documents associated with these checks. Many placement sites will ask to see hardcopy evidence of all checks on the first day of placement, so it is the responsibility of each student to be able to provide these on request.
To be eligible to commence placement, the following 8 pre-clinical Mandatory Checks are required. Keep all original documents in a portfolio (folder). You are required to take your portfolio to every placement.
For additional information on how to complete each Mandatory Check, please click on the headings below which will direct you to any forms, websites or other applicable information that you will need to complete the Check.
Once completed, please upload the relevant documentation to the 'Checks' tab in Sonia. Instructions are provided in the Quick Guide to uploading Mandatory Checks and Documents (PDF 547KB). Use the Checklist for Mandatory Checks (PDF 176KB) to assist with completing your documents.
If you require any assistance with your Mandatory Checks, please contact the Nursing Placements Office on the details below.
Student's responsibility prior to and during clinical placement
Student's responsibility prior to and during clinical placement is to organise the following:
- Transport to and from placement
- Child Care
- Time off work for placement
- ALL Mandatory Requirements must be completed prior to placement and kept up to date throughout
It is the responsibility of each student to ensure their mandatory documents are current.
As per the Workplace and Industry Placement Procedures, a student who cannot meet the mandatory requirements before commencement of the placement, will not be allowed to attend placement.
Please note: 'Mandatory Pre-Clinical Checks are not the same as the online learning modules required by individual facilities prior to commencement of placement.
To access information and forms relating to your Mandatory Checks please click on the above 'Mandatory Checks'.
Student clinical placement fact sheets
Governing Policies and Procedures
Nursing and Midwifery Placements Office
Health and wellbeing
- Health and wellbeing (PDF 277KB)
Contents in above document:
- Health and Wellbeing
- Insurance information
- Policy on Nurses (Students) with Blood Borne Viruses
- Disability Support
- Illness and absence during Placement
- Hours completed on Placement
- Fitness for Practice; Student at Risk
Regional and remote placements
SONIA User Guides
Clinical placement calendars
It is the responsibility of each student to ensure their mandatory documents are current and that the originals are available for sighting on request from USC or Placement Staff.
This database is a 'work in progress' - you may still need to check Blackboard for additional information, and some facility information may be provided via additional emails. If you believe any of the content is incorrect please contact the placement coordinator.