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New app to help nursing students on placements launched by university

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Nursing students and mentors are set to benefit from a new innovative app designed to support them during clinical placements.

Birmingham City University’s faculty of health, education and life sciences have launched an app called BCU Placement Support.

“We hope that in launching this app we will help support students in succeeding when out on placements”

Scott Colton

Scott Colton, a lecturer in adult nursing, was the driving force behind the development of the “unique application”, which allows both students and mentors to quickly access key information. The app also enables them to escalate any issues to relevant staff members, the university explained.

The app is specifically for students on health-related courses, including nursing, which undertake placements in healthcare settings as part of their studies, and aims to ensure that both students and mentors make the most of clinical placements.

The university added that the app will also strive to maximise the vital training opportunities they present for those preparing for a career in healthcare.

Behind the initiative, Mr Colton has a clinical background in emergency department nursing and has been a practice placement charge nurse. His job at the university as a placement support tutor sees him visiting students in clinical practice.

Speaking of the new placement app, Mr Colton said: “Access to support and information is crucial to students and mentors in getting the most out of the experience and enables any issues or queries to be addressed quickly.”

“We hope that in launching this app we will help support students in succeeding when out on placements as well as facilitating mentors in carrying out their role,” he added.

According to the university, the app has been well received by students who are amongst the first to use it.

Nursing student Zoe Speed said: “Wow love this app. Really useful information included and love the option to set event dates.”

It is available to download for free from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store and will also be accessible to students and mentors at other institutions with a reduced range of features.

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