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Student nurses call for longer clinical placements


I am a first year student nurse studying at a uni in the north west, we have 3 clinical placements per year each lasting 8 weeks, and personally I think this is a perfect length of time. The placements we are given are also very varied, so far I have been on a ward, in the community and am back on another specialist ward in a few weeks time. I am however aware of another university in our area where students are on placement for 1-2 weeks, then they are back in lectures for a week, then a weeks annual leave so their experience is very syncopated and patchy. Perhaps there needs to be a nationally recognised agenda for nursing student courses where by all students get the same length and level of clinical experience, as although a lot can be learnt in lectures nothing can substitute the real thing.

Posted date

10 May, 2010

Posted time

10:30 am