Welcome to Melbourne Health: The Royal Melbourne Hospital – Entry to Practice Nurse Program.

This page is designed to assist you in preparing for your upcoming clinical placement at Melbourne Health. Here you will find an outline of the requirements to be completed prior to your placement commencing. You will also find resources relating to your placement and the ward in which you will be attending.

Before your first day

On your first shift of placement for the year at Melbourne Health, at either our City or Royal Park Campus, all students must complete the following and attend Placement Check-in (Orientation). If this applies to you, this will be indicated on your roster.

  1. Read the Entry to Practice Nurse Program Orientation Handbook
  2. Watch the Entry to Practice Nurse Program Orientation Presentation
  3. Complete the Orientation Declaration & Emergency Contact Information Form
  4. Read and complete the ward specific Entry to Practice Nurse Program Ward Orientation Handbook
  5. Prepare the required pre-placement documentation. Bring the required pre-placement documentation for review by Nursing Education Coordinator / Clinical Nurse Educator on the first day of placement
  6. Print the Preceptor Log Book, your university appraisal (if completed in hard copy) and any competencies that you are required to complete. Bring these with you to placement each day.
  7. Prepare the equipment and resources required for placement. Bring these with you to placement each day.
  8. Prepare your placement objectives – see Orientation Presentation

If the above is not completed prior to the first day of placement, you will not be able to complete your placement at this time.

If you have attended Melbourne Health previously this year, at either our RMH City or Royal Park Campus, and completed the above steps and attended Placement Check-in (Orientation), you must complete the following and are required to present directly to the ward on your first day. The ward team will be awaiting your arrival. This is indicated on your roster, as per your allocated shift start time.

  1. Read and complete the ward specific Entry to Practice Nurse Program Ward Orientation Handbook
  2. Print the Preceptor Log Book, your university appraisal (if completed in hard copy) and any competencies that you are required to complete - bring these with you to placement each day.
  3. Prepare the equipment and resources required for placement - bring these with you to placement each day.
  4. Prepare your placement objectives

If the above is not completed prior to the first day of placement, you will not be able to complete your placement at this time.

Your checklist

Complete all of the following before your first day:

1. Entry to Practice Nurse Program Orientation Handbook

The Entry to Practice Nurse Program Orientation Handbook provides comprehensive introductory information relating to your placement. The Orientation Handbook contains information regarding The Royal Melbourne Hospital’s vision and values, emergency response codes, OH&S, preventing and managing clinical aggression, Person Centred Care Bundle, quality assurance, policies and procedures and placement expectations.

It is expected that you read the package before you commence placement to ensure that you are well prepared.

Download handbook

2. Entry to Practice Nurse Program Orientation Presentation

The Entry to Practice Nurse Program Orientation Presentation provides additional specific information relating to the expectations of your placement. The Orientation Presentation contains information regarding your role as a student, the role of the preceptor and Clinical Nurse Educator, how to succeed in your placement, the ‘at risk’ clinical support process and objectives setting.

It is expected that you watch the presentation in full before you commence placement to ensure that you are aware of what to expect and what will be expected of you.

3. Entry to Practice Nurse Program Orientation Declaration & Emergency Contact Information Form

After reading the Orientation Handbook and viewing the Orientation Program in full, you must complete the Orientation Declaration & Emergency Contact Form. This form is mandatory and must be completed before you commence placement.

Complete the form

4. Entry to Practice Nurse Program Ward Orientation Handbook

The Ward Orientation Handbook aims to provide you with an introduction to the clinical area where you will be undertaking your placement. Please review the Ward Orientation Handbook according to the clinical area that you have been allocated to. The name of the ward you have been allocated to can be found at the top of your roster. This information is to be used to guide your pre-placement reading, research and preparation.

Download Ward Orientation Handbooks

Use the username and password that you will have received by email to download your handbook

Sign in to download handbook

5. Pre-placement documentation

You are required to present the following documents for verification on the first day of your placement (for the year). Please bring evidence of the following with you

  1. University Student ID Card – to be worn at all times (in a card holder)
  2. Valid National Police Check (within current year)
  3. Valid Working With Children’s Check
  4. Valid Immunisation status – full summary page as provided by education facility
  5. Valid Hand Hygiene Certificate (within current year)

All students must also have printed and brought to placement

  1. Preceptor Log Book
  2. University Appraisal Document (if completed in hard copy)

If you cannot produce evidence of the above on the first day of placement, you will not be able to complete your placement at this time.

6. Preceptor Log Book

Please print the Preceptor Log Book relating to your nursing degree (Registered or Enrolled) and length of placement. Please ensure that this is printed as a booklet and stapled together. You are required to present the entire booklet each day, rather than individual pages.

Important printing tip

To have the booklet print properly, choose the following settings on your printer:

  • Print double sided
  • Flip on short edge (also known as "short edge bind")

Enrolled Nursing Students

Log book for 2 weeks

Log book for 3 weeks

Log book for 4 weeks

Registered Nursing Students

Log book for 2 weeks

Log book for 3 weeks

Log book for 4 weeks

Log book for 5 weeks

Log book for 6 weeks

7. Equipment and resources - what to bring to placement?
  • University Photo ID (in card holder)
  • Pre-placement documentation
  • Preceptor Log Book
  • Appraisal Document (if in hard copy)
  • University competencies (if required)
  • Roster
  • Pens
  • Stethoscope
  • Pen torch
  • Note book
  • Any other resources that you think you might need!
Other information - clinical supervision, placement rosters and attendance; clinical placement evaluation; and entry to practice specific study days

Clinical supervision, placement rosters and attendance

You will receive your roster 1 -2 weeks prior to your placement commencing. Throughout your placement you may be rostered a range of shifts including AMs, PMs, night duty, 8 hour, 10 hour and 12 hour shifts. It is important that you make yourself available for the entirety of your placement dates, as outlined by your university.

Shift swaps will only be granted for extenuating circumstances only.

Shift swaps can be arranged between students and must be approved by the Clinical Nurse Educator on the first day of placement.

You will be rostered the total or additional hours that is required for your placement. Please note, make-up shifts from previous placements will not be permitted on your current placement.

Clinical Placement Evaluation

At Melbourne Health we are continually striving to improve the experience for undergraduate students.

In order for us to achieve this, it would be appreciated if you are able to complete this survey at the completion of your placement.

Use the username and password that you will have received by email to complete your clinical placement evaluation.

Sign in to do the evaluation

Entry to Practice Specific Study Days

We offer a number of study days for all Entry to Practice Nurses and students throughout the year. These are a great way to advance and consolidate many of the most common areas of knowledge and clinical skills, to better prepare you for your nursing career.

Please visit our Nursing Professional Development Program page to view the study days on offer and to book.