Clinical Placements by Kirstie Paterson and Jessica Wallar (edited by Kath MacDonald) is part of the pocket guides for student nurses collection of books. These are little pocket-sized books that aim to provide useful information to student nurses. Subjects such as intensive care, general practice, older person care and many other areas of nursing are currently under development so please look out for them in the future!
The foreword of the book discusses how the book came to be written and can be seen below. It was written by recent nursing graduates, reviewed by students and checked by a clinical supervisor.
There is a list of common abbreviations which I know I would have found so helpful before starting placement as the first time I looked at a handover sheet it appeared to be in a different language!
There are four sections to the book: Getting there; Settling there; Being there and Moving on from there.
- Getting there includes tips for preparing for your first placement, information about the NMC code of conduct and guidance on social media usage.
- The settling there section talks about your first day, how to work with your mentor and how to improve your communication skills with the team and patients.
- Being there is about your time spent on placement and the common assessment tools you may come across within your placement area. Personal safety on placement is covered and drug calculations as well.
- Moving on from there includes a fantastic FAQ section featuring common questions I know a lot of student nurses will have thought about.
Throughout the book there are links to the NMC code of conduct and handy pages around patient assessment tools such as NEWS and Waterlow. These would be useful for any student nurse on their first placement. There are also spaces for students to make their own notes.
I would recommend this book to anyone starting university as a student nurse soon, I haven’t seen a book of this size with this much information in before, it is small enough to be kept in your pocket or your bag during placement shifts to be used as a guide should you need it. It is also a great read before starting placement which would help to alleviate any of those nerves around starting a placement. The book is designed to make placements more enjoyable and less stressful – I would say it definitely does this! It would be perfect for first placements but would also be handy for students further into their training to keep as a reminder guide.
If you would like to purchase this book, you can find it here. The book is currently priced at £9.99 and published by Lantern Publishing ltd. You can also purchase direct from Lantern Publishing here.