Maximising your clinical placement experience

04 April 2024
Volume 33 · Issue 7


Final-year student Aghogho Wanogho offers advice, for those starting out on their nursing journey, on making the most of the learning opportunities while on placement

As a final-year nursing student, I understand the significance of clinical placements in bridging the gap between theoretical knowledge and practical application. They provide invaluable opportunities to develop clinical competence and professional attributes essential for successful nursing practice. Throughout these placements, I've encountered a diverse range of learning experiences, from mastering clinical skills such as wound care and medication administration, to navigating complex patient scenarios.

By embracing learning, seeking opportunities to learn and prioritising your wellbeing, you can make the most of these valuable learning opportunities and lay the foundation for a successful nursing career. Based on my own experience as a nursing student undertaking placements, I would like to share some practical tips on preparing for, and making the most of, clinical placements, which I hope those of you taking the same path will find useful.

Preparation is crucial for ensuring a successful clinical placement experience. Before I start my placement, I make sure to take proactive steps to familiarise myself with the placement site and its specialties. I conduct thorough research on common conditions, medications, and trust policies relevant to my practice area. Additionally, I establish clear learning objectives to guide my focus and ensure that I achieve productive learning outcomes.

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