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5 Essentials for your First Day of Nursing Placement

Matt B



Your feeling a little excitement and a whole lot of scared but knowing you have the essentials for placement is half the battle.

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Unfortunately, if you arrive on your first day of placement unprepared, you’re already behind the curve. Our comprehensive list will put you ahead of the curve and ready to start your journey to Registered Nurse.

So, what do you need? Here is our list 5 Essentials for your First Day of Placement – you should also take a look at Practical Book & Reading List and the 10 Facts about being a Student Nurse. 

A Positive Attitude

It can all feel a little overwhelming, especially if you’ve not worked in healthcare before, but don’t forget to smile and enjoy it. All your hard work has finally paid off and your on track to becoming a Registered Nurse.

PRO TIP: Try and buddy up with a fellow student nurse or care support worker – they can show you the ropes and routine.

Get Comfortable Shoes

Student Nurses spend all day walking around, turning patients and generally putting stress on their back. Therefore it is ESSENTIAL that you own a good pair of comfortable and supportive nursing shoes.

PRO TIP: You should check out the 6 Most Comfortable Nursing Shoes According to Nurses.

Know Your Documentation

The school of nursing will have provided you with, what feels like, a million pages of paperwork to complete during your time on placement – make sure you know it well.

PRO TIP: Spend a few hours to get to know your paperwork and mark out important bits with indexing flags.

Pocket Notepad & Lots of Pens

It will feel like your being overloaded with information. Put yourself ahead by getting a good pocket notebook and an extensive supply for black pens. This will let you quickly scribble down anything you need to look up later; drugs, conditions etc.

PRO TIP: Don’t buy cheap pens. They leak – all over your uniform. Try these.

Feed your Body!

Your nervous so you might not feel like eating but your body needs nourishment. A good breakfast and healthy lunch will keep your energy levels up and you will find it easier to concentrate. Finally, make sure you keep your fluid levels topped up throughout the day.

PRO TIP: Hospital canteens can be expensive. Take a packed lunch – it will save you a fortune!

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Hospital in China Introduces “Hover-boards” for Nurses

Ian Snug



The Second Affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang University’s College of Medicine say nurses are already walking 5,000 steps fewer.

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The hospitals say an internal study found that Doctors and Nurses were walking an average of 25,000 steps every day and has introduced the “hover-board” in a bit to reduce their workload.

Nurse Zhang Jitao explained the hospital used a simple step-tracking application on their phones to complete the study which revealed medical were taking an average of 25,000 steps a day – the majority of which were walking between patients and to the labs.

He went on to explain that by decreasing the number of steps that doctors and nurses take will allow them to allocate more energy towards treating patients.

According to the report, since the introduction of the hover-boards staff are walking 5,000 steps fewer.

Initially, introduce to their Intensive Care Unit staff at the hospital admit the sight of medical staff moving around the hospital on hoverboards is unusual, they insist it should catch on.

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Adam Kay’s Letter to the Secretary of State for Health

Matt B




Adam Kay, a former Doctor, publishes an open letter to the Secretary of State for Health calling for him to walk a mile in the shoes of a junior doctor.

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In his new book, ‘This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor,’ the former obstetrics and gynaecology doctor writes candidly about his experiences as a junior doctor and the effect working in medicine has on both his personal and professional life.

In the open letter to The Secretary of State for Health, he said;

“Roger Fisher was a professor of law at Harvard University, who suggested back in 1981 that they should implant the American nuclear codes in the heart of a volunteer. If the President wanted to press the big red button and kill hundreds of thousands of innocent people, then first he’d have to take a butcher’s knife and dig it out of the volunteer’s chest himself; so that he realizes what death actually means first-hand, and understands the implications of his actions. Because the President would never press the button if he had to do that.

“Similarly, you and your successor and their successors for ever more should have to work some shifts alongside junior doctors. Not the thing you already do, where a chief executive shows you round a brand-new ward that’s gleaming like a space station. No: palliate a cancer patient; watch a trauma victim have their leg amputated; deliver a dead baby. Because I defy any human being, even you, to know what the job really entails and question a single doctor’s motivation. If you knew, you would be applauding them, you’d be proud of them, you’d be humbled by them, and you’d be eternally grateful for everything they do.

“The way you treat junior doctors demonstrably doesn’t work. I strongly suggest you seek a second opinion.

If you’re interested in reading more, you can buy a copy of his book on Amazon or book tickets for his ongoing tour.

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