Clinical placements: is the shortage putting nursing at risk?
Plans to grow the profession by increasing student numbers will be scuppered if the shortage of good quality clinical placements is not addressed
- Nursing students must complete 2,300 clinical hours but a shortage of placements is making this increasingly difficult to achieve
- Two students describe their placement experiences as ‘an extra pair of hands’, missing out on learning opportunities due to understaffing
- A rethink of requirements should emphasise quality over quantity, making use of simulated learning and placements in unconventional settings, some suggest
Clinical placements are a vital part of nurse training, with students spending half their degree course on the front line learning what the job entails.