Gillian Bandaranaike

Faculty: Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care
School: School of Nursing and Midwifery
Course: BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing
Category: Nursing and midwifery

12 August 2013

You always need to go in with an open mind when you start your placements.  I am always nervous and tend not to sleep much prior to the start of all my placements. Only because you do not know what to expect or who you will be working with.

I have learnt that if you are friendly, caring and welcoming to new ideas and places you will get on just fine. You have to remember that you will not get on with everyone but by just making an extra effort you will be just fine.

If you are unsure of anything you have to be able to speak up and ask and there will always be someone around to point you in the right direction or tell you what you need to do.

Prior to any placement that I have had I have always called in advance and arranged my shifts and mentor, but also arranged to visit the clinical area to familiarise myself with the layout of where things are and to meet my mentor and the staff in person. It helps when you arrive for your first shift.

All members of staff from Deputy Sister, Registered Nurse to HCAs are all helpful and very informative, and I have learnt a lot from all of these staff. They will arrange for you to spend time with different professionals from Consultants, Specialist Nurses and OTs, so make the most of their knowledge.

I have loved every placement I have been on and when I leave each placement I always think I know nothing. But as you move to other placements that knowledge becomes apparent and you will use those skills throughout your training and when you become a qualified nurse.


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