BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult)

Preparation for student placements

What makes a good placement?

Key principles

A named Practice Assessor and Supervisor should be allocated prior to the student’s commencement, with an allocated back up in place. Students should arrange to meet their assessor/supervisor prior to commencement.

An introduction package/student package should be available and be updated on a regular basis to include such things as:

  • profile of the team/staff and their special interests
  • contact details
  • times of duties, reporting sickness or absence
  • type of placement: specialities, patient/client group
  • expected learning outcomes
  • learning opportunities with other disciplines related to the placement for students to shadow, or patient pathways both in and out of your team to gain an understanding of inter-professional working and insight into the patient experience
  • specialist information
  • a resource list
  • recommended reading.

This can be placed on your placement profile on the PEP site.

Best practice

  • plan a meeting with the student in the first week to set timeframes to meet formative and summative assessment requirements
  • ensure you are aware of the students’ stage in training
  • ensure you are aware of any special needs of the student
  • ensure you understand the placement objectives and the assessment documentation
  • agree a timetable for working together and for assessment meetings
  • establish roles, responsibilities and expectations in terms of standards and attitudes
  • ensure that the student knows who will be supervising them on a daily basis.