Top 10 Clinical Placement tips for Nursing Students

– How to get the most out
of your clinical placements. Being on clinical placements
is tough, I know trust me. But it is actually the time
when you’re gonna learn the most by far in your nursing education. So it is important that
you take that opportunity and learn as much as you can. So let me go through some of
the things that you can do to make the most out of it. (techno music) Number one, do some research. It is always a good idea
to find out what type of clinical placement
you’re going on and find out what the main aspects
of the role is there. You know, familiarize yourself with their clinical procedures
or research common drugs. It’s always good to just
freshen up and then be prepared for what’s coming. Number two be on time. Being punctual strengthens
and reveals your integrity and shows that you are dependable. You’re gonna have to be
on time for many shifts in your life so you may as well
set the standard right now. Being late is not the
message you wanna send for your supervisors or the other nurses that you’re working with, it is respect. Number three, be prepared. I suggest that you take it seriously and be prepared from the start. Buy a stethoscope, you’re not gonna wanna use everyone else’s
stethoscope, ask other nurses if you can borrow it. Show that you are serious,
you have your own stethoscope and that you use it all the time Second of all, bring a pen. I’m so surprised by the amount of students that show up to clinical
placement without a pen. What are you gonna do without a pen? You’re not gonna get through the shift. Third of all, get yourself fob watch, either analog or digital
it doesn’t matter, as long as it has the second counts. You’re gonna need it when
you’re counting respiration and heartbeats per minute,
it is super important. And lastly, remember that
you’re actually paying to be there. So you gotta act like
you want to be there. No one wants to teach someone
who is not interested. So come prepared, be super
eager and ready to go. Number four, write down drug
names and what they’re for. The sooner you start writing down drugs and learning what they are and
what they’re for the better. There is so many drugs out there, you’re not gonna remember all of them. But the sooner you start writing them down the more you’re gonna
learn the more common ones and it’s gonna help you immensely. I suggest you get a
little notepad like this and start writing them down on your first clinical placement. Number five ask questions. Ask as many questions as you can. It is not annoying, in
fact it shows the nurse that you are working with
that you are interested and willing to learn. And by asking nurses, doctors, anyone in the Allied
Health team any questions will build your confidence and you will learn a lot quicker. Number six, show initiative. Showing initiative and showing your nurse that you are proactive and thinking ahead that you have good time management will serve you really well. Keep on top of things, ask your nurse, hey what can we do right
now, what needs to be done. It shows her that you’re willing to work and that you’re actually thinking ahead. However, sometimes you will not be paired with a nurse that loves to teach. So in that instance,
you have to take control of your own learning and seek it out and just ask, in number
five, ask questions, ask what can I do now, what should we do, should we do this now, what
about this, what about that. Ask questions, be annoying, it’s okay. Number seven, dress appropriately. If the dress code states
black closed in shoes and no jewelry, you wear
black closed in shoes and no jewelry. It’s a pain, I know, you
can’t wear whatever you want, but unfortunately in the nursing field we can’t wear whatever we want and we just have to suck it up. Number eight, put your hand
up for opportunities to learn. If your nurse asks you,
hey do you want to do this, always always say yes,
even if you’re scared. It’s a great opportunity to
learn and you can’t go missing on these opportunities
because clinical placement is only for a short time
and the more exposure you get, the better. Number nine be aware that all
nurses work in different ways. So the nurse you’re working with today, might not be working in
the same way like the nurse you worked with yesterday. So be respectful in the
way that they do things and learn and take little bits and pieces from everyone and then form
your own nursing practice. Number ten never, ever say I don’t know, I’m just nursing student to a patient that is asking you a question. Your correct response should
be actually I don’t know, but I will find out for
you and get back to you as soon as I can. And then you’ll go to your
nurse, find out the answer to the question and get
back to your patient as soon possible. Because if you’ve been
trusted to look after patients on your clinical placement
you’ve gotta embrace that and make sure they’re being
looked after properly. So these are my tips for
embracing your clinical placement. I do remember how hard it is, but if you do follow these steps, I think it’s gonna be a
great experience for you and everyone you’re working with. Also if you like this
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see you on the next video. And remember as always
listen with your heart. (techno music)

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