Assisting students to prepare for a clinical practice placement
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Assisting students to prepare for a clinical practice placement

Sam Louise Miller Practice-based learning facilitator, learning and development, Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, Portsmouth, England

All students undertaking a nursing programme are required to complete clinical practice placements. These placement hours are an essential component of the training necessary to join the Nursing and Midwifery Council register and to practise as a nurse. Clinical practice placements can be stressful for students, and this can compromise their learning. Thorough preparation by the student and an understanding of the change in learning environment that accompanies a placement can reduce anxiety and improve the learning experience. This article describes the preparations a student can make to ensure a successful and educational clinical practice placement.

Nursing Standard. 29, 15,51-59. doi: 10.7748/ns.29.15.51.e9274

Received: 02 July 2014

Accepted: 10 September 2014

Published in print: 10 December 2014

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review