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Maggie Bennett explains that the onus is on the student to learn as much as possible from their time in practice
While nurse mentors are responsible and accountable for the assessment of students during practice placements, students are responsible for ensuring they learn as much as possible during this time.
Before your placement, find out about the area and the care provided. Identify possible learning opportunities and make a list of your learning objectives.
Find out the name of your mentor and the time you must report to the area on your first day. Arrive on time with your student documentation and be sure your uniform complies with university and placement provider requirements.
At an initial meeting, your mentor will discuss the learning opportunities available and agree realistic outcomes for your placement. Midway and at the end, students and mentors will review progress against the agreed learning outcomes.
On the placement itself, seek out learning opportunities and reflect on practice experiences with your mentor. Ask questions and identify what you find difficult or feel unsure about.
Your mentor will continuously assess you against your learning outcomes, seeking feedback on your performance from the team.
The purpose of assessment and feedback is to help you learn, so seek and welcome constructive feedback to identify your strengths and areas for improvement.
Helping students get the best from their practice placement
Link (PDF): tinyurl.com/RCN-placement-toolkit