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Minimising the risks of electives abroad

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Driver C (2013) Health risks for students on overseas placements. Nursing Times; 109: 21, 22-24

Authors: Carolyn Driver is an independent immunisation and travel health specialist nurse in Cheshire.

 

THIS ARTICLE WILL TELL YOU ABOUT

  • The risks students undertaking placements abroad may face
  • How to complete a thorough risk assessment before travel
  • Steps to be taken to keep as safe as possible when doing an elective placement abroad

 

YOU WOULD BE LIKELY TO REFERENCE THIS ARTICLE IF YOU WERE RESEARCHING:

This article could be referenced in essays relating to placements aboard, such as reflective essays of your own practice. You could also use it when researching the role and responsibilities of practice nurses.

 

 

IN WHAT SITUATIONS WILL THIS ARTICLE BE USEFUL FOR ME?

This article would be useful when planning your own elective placement abroad. It gives a good indication of what vaccinations and precautions you need to be aware of and how you can keep yourself as safe as possible.

It may also help if you are on placement with a general practice nurse. The article provides a good understanding of how practice nurses should assess the risks associated with travel abroad.

 

QUESTIONS FOR YOUR MENTOR/TUTOR

  • In your opinion, do students gain more benefit from undertaking placements in the UK or abroad?

 

STUDENT NT DECODER

Elective placement

A placement that students organise themselves. This tends to be an area or specialism they are particularly interested in, or somewhere they would like to find out more about. Many students use this placement as an opportunity to experience nursing in other countries.

Bloodborne viruses

A disease that can be spread through contamination with blood, such as HIV, hepatitis or viral haemorrhagic fevers.

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