Clinical placements

On the front line with a paramedic

A day spent shadowing a paramedic showed the complex range of skills this role requires, and the emotional side of the work

What to do when words fail

Communication problems are not uncommon when people with complex needs are admitted to hospital, and one nursing student is creating a toolkit that will include tips from specialists and signposting to additional support

Going outside your comfort zone can help connect with patients

By learning more about football, mental health nursing student Felicity Allman was able to build up a therapeutic relationship with a patient with paranoid schizophrenia.

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Mental health nurses need training to treat physical ailments

Physical and mental health are linked, and giving mental health nurses more training would enable them to manage the physical health of patients better, says third-year nursing student Amy Baker.

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Don't judge patients with personality disorders

When mental health nursing student Nicola Mattocks heard staff making derogatory comments about patients with borderline personality disorder she used her personal experience of the condition to help educate staff and improve patient care.

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A fresh take on medicines management for patients with a learning disability

Mental health nursing student Kirsty Killiard implemented a system for monitoring the use of ‘as required’ medication for patients on a forensic learning disability ward, earning her a place as a finalist in the RCNi Nurse Awards.

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Stand up to the stigma of mental illness

Working with an inspirational community mental health nurse gave nursing student Robyn Ambrose the confidence to challenge those who express negative views about mental illness.

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Never underestimate the importance of engaging with patients

During an elective placement in the Philippines, nursing student Cara Sturgess witnessed some great examples of compassionate care, delivered by dedicated nursing staff, despite high levels of poverty and deprivation.

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Stop, look and listen to your patients

A placement taught nursing student Sara Mulligan the importance of addressing the physical health needs of mental health patients

Every voice should be valued

Escalating concerns after witnessing substandard nursing care made Robert McEntee determined to uphold his own values and take any criticism on board.

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Keep an open mind to overcome communication barriers

Using an interpreter helped mental health nursing student Deborah Ayodele understand her patient’s needs and correct a medication mix-up

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Nothing can prepare you for the death of a patient

When a mental health service user died on nursing student Mark Weetman's first placement, he learned the importance of addressing physical health needs in mental health settings.

Understanding the power of addiction

Caring for a patient with alcohol withdrawal syndrome prompted nursing student Ellise Jaques...

Monitoring fluid intake in mental health patients

A new system for monitoring fluid intake helped nursing student Daniel Taylor address the...
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