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Should students have more exposure to other branches?


What do you think? Should your training include more time in other areas?

We were surprised to hear that not all student nurses have placements in other branches. However, most of those of you who have told us you found these placements helpful.

Exposure placements give you an insight in to another type of nursing, as well as giving you opportunity to meet patient groups you might not come across otherwise in your training.

What do you think?

  • Should all students have placements in a branch other than their own?
  • Should students be exposed to placements in all the main branches of nursing? Is there time during your training?
  • Do “hub” placements give you enough time to properly experience an area?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.




Readers' comments (7)

  • I think all pathways should have an experience to work in other areas. we are taught it is about assessing someone with a holistic approach... Mental and physical health are hugely connected, yet mental health students have no 'adult training' and therefore have limited knowledge when picking up how physical health can impact on an individuals most student 'adult' nurse are fearful of mental health, they think they do not have the skills to talk to someone with a mental health illness. exposure is the key

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  • I strongly believe this. I work withinn learning disabilities therefore have a good knowledge around mental health too. I question what other professionals know of learning disabilities or how they can meet their needs. Just read the mencap report death by indifference and 74 death and counting.

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  • Fran Entwistle

    During the student nurse twitchat last week, many students highlighted that exposure to learning disabilities was completely missing from their training. Have you found this? Why do you think this is?

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  • Have you found this?Fran Entwistle | 8-Jul-2013 1:57 pm

    I havnt found this within my training but simply because my training is based on learning disabilities. However like you say, the learning disability population doesnt appear to exist when it comes to other professionals training. I think this is simply down to the learning disability population being viewed as a minority. People will not and do not recognise the needs of people with learning disabilities as they are not educated or skilled in meeting their needs.

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  • Fran Entwistle

    Andrew Johnson | 8-Jul-2013 2:09 pm

    I think it's sad, not to mention surprising, that this population appears to be given such a low priority in nurse training. After all, patients with learning disabilities are going to need care from those who aren't LD specialists.
    Would be interesting to hear from other students if this has been their experience?

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  • Maybe not just students views but the views of other professionals who have been working in the acute setting for years. At some point in their career it is highly likely that they are going to get a child/adult within the hospital setting who has a learning disability. I would like to know how they met the service user's needs and if they were able to. I believe there needs to be more RNLD's within general hospitals to raise awareness of the needs of people with learning disabilities.

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  • Towards the end of our first year we had two taster placements which lasted three weeks in alternate branches. I experienced working with Learning Disabilities and Health Visiting. These placements gave me invaluable experience of other branches and much of what I learnt can be transferred into my own practice as an adult nurse.

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