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Nurses offer tips for a student’s first placement

University of Salford student Freda took to Twitter to ask for advice – which included asking questions, staying hydrated and, most importantly, don’t panic
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University of Salford student Freda took to Twitter to ask for advice, which included asking questions, staying hydrated and, most importantly, don’t panic

A nursing student’s first day can be overwhelming, and walking onto a busy ward in uniform can release a wave of emotions – excitement, trepidation or even fear.

Most will remember their first placement, either for good or bad, so what wisdom would you pass on to anyone starting out in the profession?

When University of Salford nursing student Freda took to social media to ask nurses for advice ahead of her first day, she was inundated with

University of Salford student Freda took to Twitter to ask for advice, which included asking questions, staying hydrated and, most importantly, don’t panic

Picture: John Houlihan

A nursing student’s first day can be overwhelming, and walking onto a busy ward in uniform can release a wave of emotions – excitement, trepidation or even fear.

Most will remember their first placement, either for good or bad, so what wisdom would you pass on to anyone starting out in the profession?

When University of Salford nursing student Freda took to social media to ask nurses for advice ahead of her first day, she was inundated with support and practical tips.

Ask lots of questions and talk to patients

One nurse replied: ‘Ask questions from patients, nurses and all the MDT [multidisciplinary team], and importantly enjoy your learning. It goes by so quickly. Take the good bits and find courage for the bad bits. Person-centred care is paramount.’

The Student Nurse Project said: ‘Remember to stay hydrated and try not to panic too much! Be interested, ask questions and get stuck in.’

Others added that Freda should study hard, smile and be on time. Another nurse said: ‘Go with the flow, there will be plenty of folk to show you the way – it’s a great School of Nursing, and I should know... enjoy yourself, you are on the brink of a great journey.’

Iron your uniform to give a good impression

Others had more practical advice, including taking notes and remembering to go to the toilet.

One nurse said: ‘All of the above brilliant advice - plus wash and iron your shirt’.


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