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‘There are too many students on my placement for any of us to learn’


Can you advise this student nurse?

“I’m on placement on a PICU (psychiatric intensive care unit), which is probably where I want to work when I qualify in 2017, so I was thrilled to get this placement.

“But I’m not the only one! There’s ended up being six students on the placement, and because two of them are third-years they tend to be the ones charged with making notes in ward round or giving handover.

“We’re sharing two mentors between us and this just doesn’t give us enough learning opportunities to go round. Understandably, when there was a restraint last week the staff asked students to leave the room because there were four of us and it’s just not fair on the patient.

“I totally understand that and the staff are welcoming and willing to teach us, but there’s just not room for us all! How can I make the most of this placement?”

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Readers' comments (5)

  • Is there a way for you all to be on separate shifts so you get more time to learn and practice nursing skills?

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  • And remember, you only need to spend 40% of your time with your mentor.

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  • I had the same issue when I was on my first placement in November. As my first placement of the programme I didn't feel that I was in a position to complain. I did speak to my link tutor who assured me it had been agreed the ward could mentor the amount of students present (5 at one time). After speaking with my mentor, I decided to alter my shifts so I was there as much as possible when other students were not, even including night shifts. It is difficult, but the majority of students book their shifts to suit them and not their learning. If you take the opposite approach you should benefit :) Hope you get to enjoy!

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  • You have to try to work as a student nurse team and get in there. Theres no point in complaining about it because theres nothing that can be done for now. You have just make sure you take advantage of spending individual time with your mentor and work with other nurses or even independently at times.

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  • Speak with your mentor they probably dont even know how your feeling. Also look at the offduty and arange shifts when all students arnt in at the same time. Ask for days in the acute areas ect great learning experience going elsewhere. I work in IPCU and it can be quiet sometimes theres nothing worse.

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