Clinical placement insights: expectations and responsibilities

20 June 2024
Volume 33 · Issue 12


Final-year student Aghogho Wanogho explains what student nurses can expect during their clinical placements and how to make the most of them as opportunities for growth and learning

As a student nurse embarking on clinical placements, it's essential to understand the expectations and responsibilities that come with this crucial phase of your education. Clinical placements provide invaluable hands-on experience, allowing you to apply theoretical knowledge in real-world healthcare settings. However, along with this opportunity comes certain expectations that you must meet to qualify, maximise your learning, and contribute positively to patient care.

Clinical placement prepares you to become a professional, competent, and compassionate nurse. It offers the chance to apply theoretical knowledge practically, showcasing critical thinking and problem-solving abilities. This involves following instructions from your assessors and supervisors, seeking clarification when necessary, and performing clinical skills under supervision, with increasing autonomy as you gain competence. Effective communication with patients, families, and healthcare team members, demonstrating empathy and active listening, are crucial. In addition to documenting patient care accurately and comprehensively and adhering to trust policies, it is important to promptly raise concerns and changes in patient conditions to the appropriate health professional. Recognise your limitations and seek help when facing unfamiliar situations. Seek and use constructive feedback.

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