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3 Tips to Better Manage Clinical Placement as a Student Nurse


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Title: 3 Tips to Better Manage Clinical Placement as a Student Nurse

3 Tips to Better Manage Clinical Placement As a
Student Nurse
Table of contents
  • Introduction
  • Become a master of time management
  • Be constantly curious and never afraid to ask
  • Understand that it will be a lifelong learning
  • How Clinical Placement Feedback Can Drive
  • What Does Research Say About Nursing Students and
  • Everyone copes with stress in their own ways

  • Making the most out of clinical placement is
    extremely important for student nurses. It is the
    first step toward being a part of the cycle of
    care provision, where they get the chance to
    experience medicine from ground zero. Placements
    are typically designed not only to give the
    student the chance to apply the theoretical
    knowledge gained so far, but also to better
    understand what it takes to run a ward and how to
    succeed at the non-medical side of nursing as
    well. It is truly a unique opportunity to hone
    and develop skills and make an important decision
    for the future.
  • Nonetheless, clinical placements comes with its
    own unique challenges and there are a number of
    things every nursing student should know and
    apply to ensure they make the most out of it. The
    work can be exhausting and even distressing some
    times, but there are few occupations that are as
    crucial and rewarding as being a nurse.

  • To begin with, every student must put in place a
    placement management plan of their own. This will
    entail everything from schedules and rotations to
    managing patients and their case. As many
    students have revealed, its not at all easy to
    stay on top of things. Imagine that many of these
    future nurses have never interacted with a real
    life patient with a real life problem. Having
    another human being ask you Am I dying? or
    witnessing a patient pass away or being in pain
    can threaten emotional and psychological health
    if one is not fully prepared. On top of things,
    having to fill out, submit and update what seems
    like endless amounts of documentation on a
    regular basis can leave many overwhelmed and
    unable to do their job.
  • There are a couple of tricks and tips that every
    nursing student can benefit from, namely

Become a master of time management
  • Nursing courses paired with practice and outside
    of work responsibilities already sounds like a
    recipe for disaster. Former students and
    specialists emphasize on the importance of
    managing time effectively and planning ahead.
    Keeping a journal and a constantly updated agenda
    can make a huge difference, while leveraging the
    potential of technology can smooth things even
    further. Apps such as Rotation Manager have been
    developed exactly with this objective in mind
    to make nurse students lives easier.

Be constantly curious and never afraid to ask
  • Stress and frustration can often build up as a
    result of insecurity and fear of asking for
    clarifications and explanations. Its important
    to keep in mind that in such settings, the
    student is accountable for their own learning.
    Exploiting the knowledge and experience of
    mentors and long-standing staff and having a
    natural curiosity for procedures and processes
    will not only make the placement more enjoyable,
    but it will ensure a robust learning experience.

Understand that it will be a lifelong learning
  • Nursing school and clinical placement are just
    the tip of the learning iceberg. There isnt
    really a point throughout where learning will
    cease. As times are changing and there is
    constantly something to discover and master, it
    is important to not establish a finishing line.
    Health care is going through immense and exciting
    developments and fostering a growth mindset,
    always thirsty for more knowledge is the way

How Clinical Placement Feedback Can Drive Outcomes
  • Clinical placement could be majorly improved if
    feedback from nursing students was captured
    better. Who else is better positioned to identify
    gaps, provide solutions and praise what works
    well than those with fresh eyes, big ideas and
    willingness to go that extra mile to fix
    something? Performance, regardless of context,
    can only be boosted when areas of improvement and
    similarly, areas of strength are identified and
    appropriate actions are taken.
  • Nursing students hold a powerful voice in this,
    which often remains unheard. Picture a medical
    ward where standard procedures have been put in
    place many years ago and since then, like
    clockwork, anyone who came in just followed them,
    without questioning or searching to revamp them.
    We are witnessing unprecedented advancements in
    ways of doing things, it is hard to believe many
    educational environments do not facilitate the
    provision of feedback from students.

  • Induction, morale, resources and mentor
    assignment, are all aspects that nursing students
    and only them experience first-hand. Considering
    clinical placements are responsible for as much
    as 50 of their entire education before going
    into practice, their perceptions and experiences
    are highly valuable in ensuring the future of
    medical establishments and provision of care can
    grow and stay on top of developments and changes.
    Its also how hospitals and clinics attract and
    retain top talent. Generations who are now
    entering the workforce have different ways of
    working, higher expectations from the workplace
    culture and a mindset shaped to find errors and,
    hopefully in many cases, come up with solutions
    to fix them.
  • While many establishments have provision of
    feedback on their agenda, few actually take a
    well thought out approach to enable them to
    collect and analyze it. Even fewer facilitate the
    process for students. Feedback generally comes in
    the form of a thank you letter, gifts, dinners or
    at the very best, a poorly designed questionnaire
    where aspects get rated but no chance of
    explaining is given.

  • Studies have demonstrated that when students have
    the opportunity to provide qualitative feedback
    management and staff can gather valuable insights
    and actionable advice that can significantly
    improve performance and boost morale. And the
    explanation behind this is simple being fully
    immersed in an environment, particularly for many
    years, its difficult to stay impartial and
  • The situation can be looked at through a
    different set of lens as well. Nursing students
    have confessed they do not receive regular
    performance feedback from their mentors and
    supervisors. Which is yet another untapped
    opportunity which can lead to better outcomes.
    Feedback can improve student confidence,
    motivation and self-esteem and overall clinical
    performance which are key both short and long

  • To address these issues, its important for every
    ward everywhere to nurture a culture that
    welcomes feedback and utilizes it to grow
    individuals, teams and medical care provision.
    Encouraging everyone to have a voice and making
    sure that voice matters can truly make a

What Does Research Say About Nursing Students and
  • Being stressed is the new normal in our modern
    lives. It is believed that at least 70 of all
    Americans exhibit the overwhelming symptoms
    associated with it on a daily basis, and its no
    different for nursing students. Even more so, for
    nursing students in clinical placements the
    levels of stress experienced are thought to be
    higher than for students in any other practice.
  • According to findings from several international
    studies, all nursing students have moderate to
    severe stress in the clinical setting phase of
    their training and in some places around the
    world, the levels can go as high as 99.

  • The most common causes of stress in nursing
    students in clinical placements as reported most
    frequently in studies, include
  • Fear of unexpected happenings and making a
  • Operating medical equipment
  • Working with difficult and unhelpful staff
  • Lack of sufficient theoretical and practical
    knowledge and experience
  • Communications gaps with peers and patients
  • While in small amounts, stress can have its
    benefits, in most cases it poses a high risk to
    health, overall wellbeing and future performance.
    Its not uncommon for students to withdraw from
    the program because they are not equipped to deal
    with these stressors.

Everyone copes with stress in their own ways
  • All of us have different coping mechanisms when
    it comes to dealing with stress. Some go for a
    run, others engage in social activities or a
    hobby others meditate or choose to travel.
    Nursing students, as studies tell us, employ a
    variety of coping mechanisms from venting to
    friends, physical exercising, crying, ignoring
    the feelings and the pressure associated with it
    and among the most maladaptive ones, using
    alcohol and drugs.

  • Clinical placement is a critical part for every
    future nurses career. To actively and
    successfully overcome clinical setting related
    stress, it is recommended that students leverage
    various strategies to enhance professional
    competency, acknowledge and correct mistakes,
    confront tense situations, and reflect on issues.
    It is also the facultys responsibility to take
    action and ensure the learning environment allows
    for stress to be dealt with efficiently. From
    making sure nursing students are empowered to
    express concerns and more importantly, perform
    tasks without fear of being judged, providing
    patient safety and risk management training, and
    teaching reflection as a way to better understand
    specific situations and develop self-awareness.
  • As a student in any field, getting closer to
    actually leaving the academic part and diving
    into the unknowns of a job is a daunting thought.
    For nursing students, the pressure to perform is
    even higher. What they do or dont do can have
    significant implications and affect lives. It is
    no wonder many decide to leave the profession or
    under the burden of stress and anxiety, develop
    co-occurring conditions that damage their health
    irreversibly. There is more that needs to be done
    in this area to ensure the future of patient care
    and staff wellbeing is not jeopardized.
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