Clinical Placements: Pocket Guides for Student Nurses

By Kirstie Paterson and Jessica Wallar

Spiral bound
Sep 2017 , 92 pp
ISBN 9781908625458
Price: £9.99, $18.99
Sep 2017 , 92 pp
ISBN 9781908625465
Price: £8.39, $13.29
Clinical placements are an essential part of nurse training, but are extremely daunting, especially for new nursing students.

This unique pocket guide provides a wealth of practical detail, tips and advice to help the student nurse get to grips with, and make the most of, their placement.  The pocket-sized format means the book is extremely portable (it really will fit in a pocket!) and the ring binding allows it to be opened flat (useful when adding notes, for example).

The information is presented in digestible chunks (lists, tables, bullets, even cartoons) so the reader can find the essential information really quickly without wading through pages of text – there is even space to add notes specific to the particular placement.

Written by recent nursing graduates based on their own experiences, reviewed by students and checked by a clinical supervisor – this guidance has been produced specifically with student nurses in mind.

What lecturers are saying about Clinical Placements:

"A practical book that provides students with a range of essential  information, tips and advice about what to expect on clinical placement which should help them to make the most out of their placement. Information is easy to access  making it easy for students to quickly navigate information. The small spiral bound format makes it accessible and ideal for students to keep in their uniform pocket."

"This book is just what is needed, relevant information that will help students make the most out of their placement and reduce the anxiety!"

"I have had a look through the Pocket Guide Clinical Placements book and think that it an excellent little book that will support students in preparing for their first placement and future placements until they gain confidence. There is just the right mix of appropriate illustrations and text and I particularly like the areas for notes that can be added if needed."

"I found this an excellent little resource for students as well as a reminder for staff."

Getting there

1.      Preparing for placement

2.      Uniform

3.      Absence policy

4.      The NMC Code of Conduct

5.      Person-centred care

6.      Consent and confidentiality

7.      Guidance on using social media


Settling there

8.      Induction/first day

9.      Working with your mentor

10.  Common documentation

11.  Communicating with your colleagues

12.  Communicating with patients


Being there

13.  Personal safety

13.1 Hand hygiene

13.2 Infection control and sharps policy

13.3 Moving and handling

14.  Fundamental skills

14.1 Assessment using activities of living

14.2 Drug administration

14.3 Drug calculations

14.4 Observations – National Early Warning Score (NEWS)

14.5 Skin assessment

14.6 Urinalysis

15.  Basic Life Support (BLS)

16.  Common medical emergencies

16.1 Anaphylactic reaction

16.2 Falls

16.3 Sepsis

16.4 Stroke

17.  Common groups of medications

18.  Pain assessment – pain tools


Moving on from there

19.  Reflection and action planning

20.  FAQ

21.  Common terminology

22.  Quick references

23.  Further reading

Spiral bound
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ISBNs: 9781908625458 978-1-908625-45-8 Title: clinical placements pocket guides for student nurses ISBNs: 9781908625465 978-1-908625-46-5 Title: clinical placements pocket guides for student nurses