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‘How can I prepare to start placement?’


Can you advise this student nurse?

“I’m so anxious about starting placement. I’m coming up to the end of my first term and so far we’ve just been in lectures and learning theory.

“But from January it’s going to be the real thing and it’s just suddenly struck me that I’m going to be let loose on the wards!

“Anyone got any tips for surviving? I feel totally unprepared!”

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Readers' comments (3)

  • If you know the placement area its best to give them a ring and ask them if you can go and do a pre visit. Also going onto the placement area website will be useful.

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  • Just don't worry, easier said than done. You aren't the first student and certainly won't be the last. I remember being in this situation, and I am now 8 months from qualifying. It will be a great experience. As a first year and your first ever placement, you won't be expected to know the world ! and you won't be doing things without constant supervision either. You will look back on this as you qualify and see just how far you have come. This is it!

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  • Ive just started my first placement, it really helped me calling beforehand and going to the placement for a quick tour! - also read as much as you can before you arrive on specific illnesses that the ward/unit deal with this will help when your dicussing patients with other reg. nurses.
    buy a little note book and write down anything that you dont understand you can then read up about it at a later date, also get pens and calculator for those medicine calculations!

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