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Student nurses call for longer clinical placements


I am a 2nd year student and I agree with much of the issues raised. I have had some terrible placement in which I spent most of my time trying to get my mentors to talk to me yet along sign off any paperwork. My current placement is excellent. All staff on the ward are keen to teach and spend time with students. I am very lucky. But having observed nurses duties on the wards, I am not at all confident that the training I have received at university is sufficient. Basic skills such as positioning a patient and communicating with relatives are greatly lacking. More time needs to be spent in placement areas and less time essay writing about subjects which have little relevance to a patient’s day to day care. Nursing needs to come out of the universities and back in to hands-on nursing schools.

Posted date

11 May, 2010

Posted time

10:21 pm