I would like to know where these numbers have come from, as a newly qualified nurse I disagree with this article. It is fair to say that the majority of students in my cohort felt placement lengths were enough to gain experience and exposure and to reach competancy. Prehaps these students mentioned need to look at what they are trying to achieve, the tasks that the HCA does are key to good nursing care and are fundemental to the nursing role and by no means belittleing.
I would also like to see the opportunity to spend time in mental health, maternity and peads reintroduced inline with meeting the EUpack reqs, certainly mental health is a area that i have experienced many times in my career to date and i feel that doing a online pack is not sufficent training.
Placements in a charity shop??? i know that there was a move that would see students in health centres etc but i too, have to question the sutiabilty of a shop placement.