Preparation for practice learning

Once you have accessed the Placements on the Web (POW) website and have the details of your allocated placement it is best to deal with the practical aspects first:

  • Where is it?
  • How will I get there?
  • How long will it take me to get there? Test drive to find out.
  • Is it easily reached using public transport?

Placement working patterns should mimic those of your practice mentor, which will include nights, weekends and long/short shifts. 

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) require students in placement to experience a wide array of work patterns during the course, therefore you will be required to undertake these shifts during your placement. 

Secondary jobs cannot be used as an excuse to skip working the shifts alongside your mentor.

Nursing and Midwifery practice placements

  • @ Placements have been encouraging with good mentors.
  • ? I have had very positive placements which I feel all of them have been valuable learning opportunities.
  • @ I enjoyed the placements, they were very fulfilling and important in developing myself as a person and nurse.