Clinical placements

Don’t judge a clinical placement until you’ve experienced it

Nursing student Lucy Fearon was disappointed when she found out her first clinical placement would be in a nursing home. But after learning a lot about fundamental care and building up relationships with patients, she realised the importance of keeping an open mind

Nursing student Lucy Fearon was disappointed when she found out her first clinical placement would be in a nursing home. But after learning a lot about fundamental care and building up relationships with patients, she realised the importance of keeping an open mind

As a first-year nursing student I had been looking forward to my first clinical placement since the moment I was offered a place at university. I thought at length about where I might get placed, and the wonderful opportunities this would offer.

Everyone in my cohort was excited when our first listings were posted. The class was divided into hubs of medical, surgical and community, and I was ecstatic to discover my first placement would be in the community.

There had been a lot of talk about the opportunities involved with district nurses, health visitors and practice nurses

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