Communication

Illustration showing a group of people assembling a giant jigsaw puzzle. Sometimes completing an exercise can help us to piece things together. Picture: Alamy

How a simulation exercise improved my communication skills

A learning activity with a service user put theory into practice for student Leah Butler

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

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The importance of delivering a good handover

Laura Slim finds handovers nerve-wracking but is learning to be more confident

surgical team in theatre

I’m so glad I chose to go into perioperative practice – and here’s why

Oliver Stone found he thrives in the demanding but tight-knit environment of theatre nursing

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

Individuals working together as a team

When your course schedule says ‘group work’ and you think ‘hard work’

Ways to cope with conflicting study styles and goals in collaborative learning

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

Amy Fancourt

I’m more used to picketing, but now I’ll fight for nursing students inside the RCN

Amy Fancourt explains what drives her passion to represent fellow students on the RCN council

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Why clinical research can be a rewarding setting for your elective

Research is often overlooked by nursing students when choosing placements

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