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'What can I expect from a nursing course?'


Can you advise this soon-to-be student nurse?


“I’m starting my nursing course this September and just wanted to find out from people who have been there what it’s really like.

“I’ve heard, and got the impression from reading blogs on Student NT, that it’s A LOT of work – but how many hours a week do you think you have to put in?

“Do you choose your own placements? What do you actually do when you’re on placement? I’m just worried that I’ll be handed a patient and told to get on with it!

“Basically, if anyone can give me an idea what to expect I’d really appreciate it!


- Louise, Weymouth


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Readers' comments (2)

  • starting the course is an exciting and nerve racking time and there are lots of questions you probably want to ask, Nursing courses are time consuming a lot more than some of the other subjects but you wont be chained to a desk in the library there is still time to socialise and make lots of friends as long as you plan your time wisely social life shouldn't interfere with coursework and vice versa. I have just finished my first year and we didnt get to choose our placements my university offers an enrichment placement at the end of second year but I'm not sure if that will be the same everywhere. Placements are all slightly different and you probably wont enjoy them all but there is always something to learn an although its a bit nerve racking a good mentor should be able to make sure you settle in and will help you to gain the skills you need. When you start the course there should be a lot of lectures and some skills workshops to help you in the basics moving and handling, some observations blood pressure etc so don't worry too much if you have no experience I would recommend looking to see if you can find anyone else who will be on your course perhaps in the second or third year to talk to and find out as much as you can to put your mind at ease. In first year you shouldn't be 'told to get on with it' a good placement should understand that you are just at the beginning of training and support you, I'm not saying that always happens but even if placements don't go quite right your university should be there to support you and help out. Don't worry too much we all feel the same way at the beginning.

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  • As a sign off mentor I always told students that I mentored "You get out of a placement what you put into it" "Try and be useful" There's nothing worse than sitting in an office or on a ward when it's busy,the phone rings and the student who is nearest just watches it. Answer the phone you'd be amazed how much you will be appreciated. As I say a simple thing but can be much appreciated. Oh and never be afraid to ask questions and if somebody is doing something say "Can I help / watch / go with you" If you stand out by doing what I've suggested above you'll soon be getting asked by other staff if you want to help / watch / go on visits with them.

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