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'Which elective placement should I choose?'


Can you advise this student nurse?

“Hi. I am struggling to select an elective placement as I’m not sure what I want to do after I qualify.

“I was going to choose A&E but my main placement this year is intensive care, so now I am wondering if they might end up being quite a similar learning experience.

“I have considered oncology and neurology but I’m just not sure and I want to get the best four-week learning opportunity I can.

“Most people are going for A&E so I may not even be guaranteed a place if I did choose it.

“Does anyone have any tips? Please help!”


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Readers' comments (3)

  • If you haven't had a neurology placement before I would definitely recommend it! I worked on a neurology ward for two years as a support worker and it is what inspired me to start my nurse training. Patients are so varied and there can be a lot of confused patients too - very good for different communication skills! Lots of IVs too and also good for mental health exposure.

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  • A/E, Intensive Care, Oncology, and Neurology all offer very different "learning experiences"

    Select what interests!

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  • I've just been through the process of selecting my elective placement and I found that listing the different places I was interested in going then writing what I could learn/achieve there helped me decide. It helped me to narrow down what I was most interested in and what i could get the most out of.

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