*Book review* Clinical Placements


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.

Common Abbreviations


The ward I am currently at on placement uses a number of abbreviations on the handover sheet, as I’m sure other wards do as well. I have compiled a list of the most common ones used on my ward. Please be aware that these are specific to my ward and other wards may use the same abbreviations with different meanings.

Ad – admitted

CP – care plan

rv – review

bd – twice a day

inc – incontinent

ref – referred

res – residential

NA – nursing assessment

CCC – continuing care checklist

DC – discharge

TTO – to take out. Used to describe medications that the patient will be taking with them on discharge.

HTN – hypertension

CCF – congestive cardiac failure. Also known as CHF – chronic heart failure

CVA – Cerebrovascular accident also known as a stroke

TIA – Transient ischemic attack – a ‘mini-stroke’

ND/F – normal diet and fluid

TVN – tissue viability nurse

#NOF – fracture neck of femur

AKI – acute kidney injury

LRTI – Lower respiratory tract infection

ROT – rotunda

WZF – walking zimmer frame

PMH – past medical history

HF – heart failure

CKD – chronic kidney disease

Con – continent

RA – rheumatoid arthritis

MI – myocardial infarction

CP – care package

PE – pulmonary embolism

DVT – Deep vein thrombosis

FBC – fluid balance chart

DPM – discharge planning meeting

GORD – gastro-oesophageal reflux disease

COPD – Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

SOB – shortness of breath

Ax – assessment

3WW – 3 wheeled walker

TBA – to be assessed

HV – home visit

Abx – antibiotics

POA – power of attorney

Let me know if your placement uses the same abbreviation for something else!


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