Clinical placements

Rachel Dakin looking over Chile

Student placement in Latin America improved my nursing practice

A clinical placement in Chile highlighted the spiritual aspect of holistic care

Young obese man lies on the sofa playing computer games

Identifying a common interest allowed me to engage with a young service user

Our shared love of gaming gave me an opportunity to offer person-centred care

Jessica Fichardo in Peru

Don’t underestimate the experience you’ll gain on a placement abroad

An elective placement in Peru challenged my perceptions of nursing practice – and myself

Sexual health

What to expect from a placement at a sexual health clinic

Sexual health nurses need to be able to tackle sensitive issues with confidence

Natasha Evans on placement in Ghana

Why memories of my elective placement in Ghana will stay with me through my career

Natasha Evans on how her trip enriched her understanding of public health issues

Illustration of figure following instinct

Listening to my intuition helped prevent a patient's suicide

I learned having the courage to act on your instincts is an important part of being a nurse

man and woman ballroom dance

A truly inspirational placement taught me about compassion and a love for life

I witnessed the kind of dedication I want to emulate in my own nursing career

man signs consent form

Why clinical research can be a rewarding setting for your elective

Research is often overlooked by nursing students when choosing placements

Foreign placements make me better at my job

Student Sophie Gill says greater cultural awareness helps her support patients in the UK

man receiving chest compressions

What it was like to deal with a patient in cardiac arrest for the first time

Acting and learning under pressure was emotionally draining – but here’s why it was worth it

A 'This is me' form and an elderly male patient in the background

‘This is me’ document helped me provide personalised end of life care

A student reflects on building a nurse-patient relationship with a hospice patient

Toast

Breakfast battle taught me to take the time to care

A patient’s refusal to eat toast that was cut the wrong way changed a nursing student’s ideas

The simple intervention that eases pet owners’ anxiety when they’re in hospital

My innovative ‘pet card’ helps patients plan who will look after their animals

I learned to develop a culturally sensitive approach on infant safer sleeping positions

A student reflects on how a placement helped her to provide support for refugee families

Listening to a trans patient’s concerns taught me so much

Lauren Johns reflects on how a patient enriched her understanding of caring for trans people

Keeping the lines of communication open: a novel approach to schizophrenia

How one nurse’s idea contributed to a successful discharge for a man who was hearing voices

How a pain specialist team changed the way I nurse

Caring for patients in severe pain revealed the importance of individualised attention

Learn to prioritise and let go of the guilt

Learning to prioritise one person who needs you over another is difficult but necessary

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