Clinical placements

What to expect from a placement at a sexual health clinic

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

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

In my second year of nurse training I had a four-week elective placement in a genitourinary medicine clinic. I have always been interested in sexual health and family planning and was keen to improve my knowledge and skills by experiencing first-hand what it is like to work in such a specialised area.

People attending sexual health clinics can experience a range of emotions – from embarrassment and anxiety to fear, guilt and shame. Many don’t want to be seen entering or exiting a sexual health clinic, but anyone taking active steps to look after their sexual health should be applauded.

Out of my comfort zone

During my first week at the clinic, I was way out of

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