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Health Sciences

Nursing Placements

Where are my placements likely to be?

You could find yourself anywhere in Hampshire and on the Isle of Wight in a mixture of hospital and community settings across six trusts. You cannot expect to be in the same place for each of your placements.

What areas of practice will be included in my placements?

 

If you are on the adult nursing programme you will undertake six placements, including at least one of each of the following: community placement, medical placement, surgical placement and critical care placement.

If you are on the child nursing course you will undertake six placements, normally including at least one of each of the following: medicine, community, surgery and specialty (although not always possible for every student).

If you are on the mental health nursing programme you will undertake six placements, normally including at least one of each of the following: adult community, adult inpatient, older adult inpatient and speciality (although not always possible for every student).

If you are on the dual field adult and child nursing programme you will undertake eight placements, including at least one of the following: child medical, child surgical and child community.

If you are on the dual field adult and mental health nursing programme you will undertake eight placements, including at least one of the following: adult medical, adult, surgical and adult community.

 

How am I supervised?

You will be supervised by a practice mentor from the organisation for which you work. A typical mentor will be a registered nurse who has a mentorship qualification. Please note that he or she will not always be with you. If you have a problem you should first go to your mentor, then their immediate supervisor. If you do not get satisfaction from either of these, please contact your academic tutor or the University placement team.

How am I assessed?

Throughout your placements you will have to work for the stated number of hours (single field 2,300, dual field 3,067) and demonstrate competencies in a range of areas to the satisfaction of your mentor. As and when you are successful your mentor will officially ‘sign off' each competency. These will be recorded in your assessment of practice document, which you are given in your first year and keep for the duration of your programme.

How are my placements allocated?

Your placements are pre-planned by us depending on your circumstances. That means we'll always take into account where you live, whether you have children under 12 years old or dependent relatives, and whether you have access to a car. You'll be given a form to disclose all the relevant factors and will find out by Christmas where you will go.

Can I change a placement?

Yes, you can. However, you will need to formally request any change. Whether or not you will be allowed to change your placement will be decided by the allocation panel. Please be aware that changes to placements are not always possible as there are only a certain number available.

What hours will I work?

You will be expected to work the normal shift pattern of the organisation to which you are sent. For example, if your colleagues work weekends and nights on 12 hour shifts then you will do the same. Similarly, if your colleagues work 8 hour days then so will you. However, it is worth noting that you will not be required to work on public holidays unless you wish - this will not count as ‘double time' though.

How will I get to my placements?

It is your responsibility to get to and from your placements. Having a car is a very good idea, especially for community placements. If your placement is on the Isle of Wight you will have to cross the Solent by sea from one of Hampshire's many ferry ports.

What if I am ill or have an emergency?

If you cannot get to your placement on any given day you must contact your place of work as soon as possible to let them know you will be absent, record the absence on your time sheet, and also email your academic tutor to inform him or her about your absence.

How do I make up the hours if I am absent?

This all depends on how many hours you have missed. It may be possible to make up the hours by simply working a bit longer in the remainder of your placement. If this is not possible then you should work with your programme lead to find an appropriate way to make up the time lost.

Thumbnail photo of Katy Elliott

“While in Malawi I got to watch and assist in 11 births – two of the babies were named after me – and I gained loads of hands-on experience caring for patients in resource-restricted circumstances.”

Katy Elliott - BN (Hons) Bachelor of Nursing (Adult)

Hours in practice

Single field: 2,300

Dual field: 3,067

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