Hours of work
You will either be put on an AM or a PM shift.
- AM shifts can start as early as 6.30 am
- PM shifts can finish as late as 10.30 pm
Some health facilities organise a roster, you'll receive the information before your placement.
Bachelor of Nursing
For study days and clinical placement blocks, see the clinical ladder in the UTS: Handbook.
If you enrolled prior to 2016 your placement hours will be different. Please check with the Clinical Practice Unit if you have any concerns.
Maximum hours of work
The maximum shift for a twenty-four hour period is ten hours. It’s a requirement that you have at least an eight-hour break between shifts. However, if 12 hour shifts are required you will be limited to 6 x 12 hour shifts and 1 x 8 hour shift per fortnight.
Nightshift, public holiday and weekend shifts
If you are a first-year student, chances are you won’t be rostered on for night shifts, public holidays or weekend shifts. Third-year students, however, are sometimes required to work these shifts.
Frequently Asked Questions
What if I've missed a shift?
You'll need to apply for special consideration. Please contact the Clinical Practice Unit, so a Special Consideration Summary form can be added to your MyPlacement profile. This Summary form will need to be completed and uploaded to your online Special Consideration application.
The acceptable reasons for missing a placement are:
- Loss or bereavement
- Hardship or trauma
- Exceptional employment demands.
You will also need to make up any hours you’ve missed, which could be a make-up placement which could be one or two weeks in duration.
I cannot attend my placement
If you can’t make it to a placement you need to let the facilitator and Clinical Practice Unit know as soon as possible.
Can I request a change to my allocated shifts?
You’re expected to do the AM and PM shift at some point during your degree.
The shifts I’ve been allocated clash with the hours of my part-time job, what can I do?
Completing all hours of your placement is a requirement of your degree. The faculty recommends you don’t undertake paid work while on placement.
I can’t afford to give up my paid work to go on placement, what can I do?
You need to complete all the hours of a placement to be able to graduate and register to become a nurse.
If it will be a problem for you financially you should speak with UTS Financial Assistance Service.
Do I get paid for my placement?