Key Student Essentials:
- Trust badge
- Notebook – reflections and notes
- Pens – a lot of them!
- Fob watch – worth checking the battery before starting a new placement.
- Pen torch
- Small calculator
- Water bottle – a bigger bottle means less re-filling which can be helpful in busy times.
- Diary – to record and plan shifts. A calendar app on your phone can be really helpful too.
- Food – Healthy diet. Most placements have a microwave – check first.
- Placement documents. If your placement has a student pack, bring this along with you.
Tips to Survive and Thrive on Placement
- Organise what skills you would like to achieve during the placement and discuss with peers. Provide PAD docs to prepare
- Use handover to identify any uncertainties and your supervisors. Use the quieter time to research these. It helps to solidify the knowledge with real-life examples.
- Get involved! Do not shy away from trying and be honest with your experience so the health professional you are working with knows how to support you.
- Expect the unexpected! l. Be prepared for things to change and to go with the flow.
- Spend time with the wider multi-disciplinary team
- Use spokes when you can.
- Ask questions. Why are you giving that drug rather than another drug? What are the other symptoms that we should look out for with this condition?
- Regularly reflect on how things are going.
- There will be hard days. Reflect on wins and how you can do better – these are all learnings!
- Do not expect to know everything and be prepared to continually learn.
- Practice regular self-care. Take breaks and give yourself time off to rest and sleep well.
- Utilise the support systems that are available.
- Remember to keep hydrated!
- From: https://www.hee.nhs.uk/sites/default/files/documents/Selfcare%20Handbook%20v3.pdf
One in four people will experience a mental health issue over the course of a year, whether it’s a temporary reaction to a painful event or an ongoing condition.
COVID-19 update: The university is still providing a range of services to support students, but there may be changes to some of these services because our staff are working remotely.
Managing Anxiety on Placement
Otto 3rd Year Student Nurse explains how he has managed his anxiety during placement
Video URL: https://blogs.brighton.ac.uk/supportinglearnersinpractice/files/2021/08/Managing-Anxiety-on-Placement-Subtitiled.mp4
- Breathing exercises can be found on the NHS website. https://www.nhs.uk/mental-health/self-help/guides-tools-and-activities/breathing-exercises-for-stress/
- Insight Timer is a free app that has a big range of guided breathing, meditation, and relaxing music to help manage stress and anxiety. Specific topics can be searched and new recordings are regularly uploaded. https://insighttimer.com/en-gb