As a student you’ll need to be aware of what you can and can’t do, when you need supervision and when you need to ask for help …
Take notice of your own health
If you ever feel that your health is affecting your performance during your placement you need to let your supervisor know and seek help from a qualified healthcare professional.
Take feedback on board
Your mentor should be providing you with feedback all the time about the quality of your work. This will help you to realise what you need to concentrate on, where you need to put more work in and when you might need help.
While on placement you should be working under the supervision of a qualified professional, if you feel that this is lacking – ask.
Let patients know that you’re a student
Patients have the right to request care from a registered professional so you need to ask if they’re happy with you providing their care.
Go it solo
You’re part of a team, so make the most of it. You can learn a lot from your peers and colleagues so take time to share the experience. It’s part of the NMC code of conduct to work cooperatively with your team members and respect their skills and expertise. Listen, watch and learn a lot.
Let your mentor or tutor know straight away if you believe that you’re at risk of putting a patient at risk of harm. It’s not shameful to ask for help.
Miss your chance
Your placement is the perfect opportunity to get involved wherever you can. It’s a feast of learning opportunities. Just because you don’t feel confident yet, doesn’t mean you can’t learn by watching and trying.
If a patient indicates that they are unhappy with their treatment you need to seek help from your mentor or tutor.