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Preparing For Your Placement

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Preparation for your placements will give you confidence before you start and can put you ahead of the game.

You should try and visit your placement area before you start. Wards and units can vary greatly. Visit the area you have been assigned to before you start and ask if there is anything you should be aware of prior to starting.

Identify your learning needs and outcomes as early as possible. Identify these early and be aware of the skills you want to develop or learn – this will help you get the most from your placement.

Know your documentation. Ensure you have clarified with your university which parts of your training documentation need to be completed by your mentor. It can be hard to complete these at a later date.

We have created several useful guides on preparing for placement in specialist areas, you can find those here:

You may also find out guide on how to survive your management placement useful. The most important piece of advice I can give you is to ask questions, get involved and tell somebody if your unsure. 

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Shift Planner for Nurses, Students & Support Staff

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Shift planning is essential for safe care, some people using a piece of paper others have their thoughts well arranged in their head, either way everybody does it.

This shift planner has been designed with newly qualified nurses and student nurses in mind but would be suitable for anybody to use.

You can download our Shift Planner for FREE. You are free to download, print and distribute our shift planner as you wish. You will need a PDF reader on your PC to download. 

The planner has been created with two primary columns, one for your main nursing priorities and one to remind you to hand over jobs to the next shift. It also features a small key and area for general notes. Due to limited space we have only included enough room to plan up to eight patients, if you need more we encourage you print doublesided.

We encourage you to make comments or suggestions in the comments section below. The most popular will be implemented in a version 2.

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Male Student Nurses to receive Bursary to address ‘growing gender imbalance’

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Colin is a Student at the University of Coventry

Male Student Nurses will be eligible for a new bursary to help address the ‘growing gender imbalance’ in nursing courses.

Following the final withdrawal of the NHS Bursary in England, The University of Coventry has announced the availability of £30,000 fund to financially assist 10 male students in subjects where they are under-represented, including; nursing, physiotherapy, midwifery, occupational therapy and dietetics.

Funded by the National Express Foundation Group, –  the bursary will give 10 men £1,000 in each year of their degree to assist with the costs of living and studying.

According to the official figures from the University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), men accounted for just 10 per cent of the total nursing students at UK universities. In 2016, only 2,800 men were accepted onto a course, compared with 26,000 women.

Following the removal of the NHS Bursary, the total number of student nurses fell dramatically.

Rob James, Academic Dean for the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at Coventry University, said:

“We support all initiatives taking positive action to address unequal gender representation in any subject discipline, and this bursary does so across healthcare training”.

“While there’s lots being done nationally – and at Coventry – to encourage women into sciences and engineering we hope this new initiative will lead the way in addressing the persistent low proportion of men working in many healthcare professions”.

The new funding is believed to be the first bursary created specifically for men taking nursing and healthcare courses in UK higher education.

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