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THE BIG QUESTION

The big question: have staffing shortages impacted on the quality of student placements?

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An investigation by Nursing Times has found student nurses are struggling to get good practice placements because hospital wards are over-stretched and staff are too busy to supervise them.

In some areas, students have seen the time they spend in practice reduced while others say they are missing out on hands-on training in key areas.

Claire Jeeves, chair of the Royal College of Nursing’s students committee, said Accident and Emergency departments and other settings were refusing to take students on placements “because they are so busy and short-staffed”.

“A lot of the time wards are happy to have students but the quality of the placements is not always brilliant because of the shortages,” she said.

Do ward pressures mean that you cannot give students as much attention as you would like to?

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