#WeStNs - Tuesday 15th June 2021 8pm (GMT Standard Time) The Key to Successful Placements

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Clinical placement is an essential component of the pre-registration nursing degree and allows the nursing student to translate their learning from theory into practice. The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) (2018) specify, to gain entry onto the professional register, the nursing student must complete 2,300 clinical hours over a full-time three-year degree programme.

The first clinical placement can cause a lot of stress and anxiety for nursing students (Morely et al., 2015) and Alsharani, Cusack & Rasmussen (2018) explain that a negative experience during a nursing students first clinical placement may be a strong indicator that the nursing student will withdraw from the degree programme without completion.

There are various reasons nursing students feel anxious about their first clinical placement:

  • Lack of self confidence in their skills and abilities (Studen et al., 2015)
  • Thinking they will not be able to meet to expectations of clinical staff (Levitt-Jones etal., 2015; Studen et al., 2015)
  • Making mistakes that impact patient safety (Levitt-Jones et al., 2015)
  • First time working in a clinical environment (Christiansen and Bell, 2010).

First placements often present with various challenges (Morely et al, 2015) and therefore, the aim of this tweetchat is to discuss the strategies which will help first year nursing students prepare effectively.

As the success of a clinical placement does not rest solely with the nursing student but also with the Approved Education Institutions and the clinical staff, it is anticipated that a collaborative tweetchat between @WeStudentNurse and @WeNurses, will allow for the building of valuable resources to enhance the first-year students’confidence and their potential for success in clinical placements.

Discussion:

Focused themes include:

  1. What can nursing students do to prepare for starting their clinical placements? This can be academically or practically.
  2. How should the placement learning environment prepare for nursing students starting their clinical placements?
  3. What could/should nursing students do when thing go wrong? What role does the university and the clinical staff have when things go wrong?
  4. Working long days can be tough on our bodies physically, how can a nursing student take care of their bodies.Feel free to share food prep ideas for meal times too!
  5. Working in healthcare can have an impact on our emotional health, how can nursing students look after their emotional and mental health whilst on clinical placement?
  6. If you were to make a checklist of things for a student to pack for their placement, what would you include?

FurtherReading:

Alshahrani, Y., Cusack, L.,Rasmussen, P. (2018) Undergraduate nursing students’ strategies for coping withtheir first clinical placement: Descriptive survey study. Nurse education today. [Online] pp. 69104–108 [viewed 10 May 2021]. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2018.07.005

Christiansen, A. & Bell, A.(2010) Peer learning partnerships: exploring the experience of pre-registrationnursing students. Journal of clinical nursing. [Online] 19 (5-6), pp. 803–810.. [viewed 10 May 2021]. Available from: https://doi-org.gcu.idm.oclc.org/10.1111/j.1365-2702.2009.02981.x

Levett-Jones, T., Pitt, V., Courtney-Pratt,H., Harbrow, G., Rossiter, H. (2015) What are the primary concerns of nursingstudents as they prepare for and contemplate their first clinical placementexperience? Nurse Education in Practice. [online] 15 (4), pp. 304-309.[viewed 10 May 2021]. Available from: https://doi-org.gcu.idm.oclc.org/10.1016/j.nepr.2015.03.012

Morley, D., Alexander, A., Hewitt,J., Pearce, T., Suter, E., Taylor, C. (2015) Student life - Hit the groundrunning. Nursing standard. [Online] 29 (22),p. 66–66. [viewed10 May 2021]. Available from: doi: 10.7748/ns.29.22.66.s55

Nursing and Midwifery Council,(2018). Standards framework for nursing and midwifery education. [online] NMC.[viewed 10 May 2021]. Available from: https://www.nmc.org.uk/globalassets/sitedocuments/education-standards/education-framework.pdf

Stunden, A., Halcomb, E.,Jefferies, D. (2015) Tools to reduce first year nursing students’ anxietylevels prior to undergoing objective structured clinical assessment (OSCA) andhow this impacts on the student’s experience of their first clinical placement.Nurse education today. [Online] 35 (9), pp.987–991. [viewed 10May 2021]. Available from: https://doi-org.gcu.idm.oclc.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2015.04.014





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@WeStudentNurse
15 June 2021 20:00
Hello and welcome to tonight's tweetchat. Before we make a start, let us know you are joining us and what you do. #WeStNs https://t.co/XY116C3qIl
@AgencyNurse
15 June 2021 20:01
Hello Teresa here ... Registered Nurse ... and currently looking at the student nurse experience ... so interested to listen in #WeStNs https://twitter.com/WeStudentNurse/status/1404876365623566343
@WeStudentNurse
15 June 2021 20:02
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@WeStudentNurse
15 June 2021 20:02
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@WeNurses
15 June 2021 20:02
Starting now #WeStNs on successful clinical placements ... https://twitter.com/WeStudentNurse/status/1404876365623566343
@WeStudentNurse
15 June 2021 20:02
@AgencyNurse Delighted to have you #WeStNs https://t.co/IQeeThgZ9T
@WeStudentNurse
15 June 2021 20:02
RT @WeNurses: Starting now #WeStNs on successful clinical placements ...
@mcmasterraymon
15 June 2021 20:02
RT @WeStudentNurse: 15 minutes to go until tonights tweetchat- just enought time to pop the kettle on! #WeStNs https://t.co/1PKYK0RyCA
@mcmasterraymon
15 June 2021 20:02
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@Tiggersj
15 June 2021 20:02
RT @WeNurses: Starting now #WeStNs on successful clinical placements ...
@WeStudentNurse
15 June 2021 20:03
@TuckwoodBethany #WeStNs https://t.co/lCdFHi0sch
@Ffi_MH
15 June 2021 20:03
@WeStudentNurse Hi there! I’m Ffi, first year apprentice student mental health nurse - UoD and NSCHT #WeStNs ????
@WeStudentNurse
15 June 2021 20:04
@Ffi_MH #WeStNs https://t.co/fs4fNS5Otw
@lucy_uo
15 June 2021 20:04
@WeStudentNurse @UniBham_Nursing Oops...well that's out of the way now then ?? #WeStNs
@Ffi_MH
15 June 2021 20:04
RT @WeStudentNurse: Remember to use the #WeStNs when taking part in tonight's chat. https://t.co/Sq3eMGPZzQ
@WeStudentNurse
15 June 2021 20:04
@lucy_uo @UniBham_Nursing We don’t think it’ll be the last one ?? #WeStNs
@WeStudentNurse
15 June 2021 20:05
Lets get things started- question 1. #WeStNs https://t.co/0vViNHCtu3
@stnpaeds_Ellena
15 June 2021 20:05
@WeStudentNurse Hello! I’m Ellena, 2nd year paeds student ?????? #WeStNs
@faebeth
15 June 2021 20:05
@WeNurses Hello people. My name is Fae and I am an anaesthetic nurse #weStNs
@WeStudentNurse
15 June 2021 20:05
@JoJo_RosaStN @BNUNursing So glad you could join us #WeStNs https://t.co/uhCfWiRmmS
@WeStudentNurse
15 June 2021 20:05
@stnpaeds_Ellena #WeStNs https://t.co/S1A4xS3vS1
@DrUmeshPrabhu
15 June 2021 20:06
RT @WeStudentNurse: Lets get things started- question 1. #WeStNs https://t.co/0vViNHCtu3
@TuckwoodBethany
15 June 2021 20:07
@WeStudentNurse Contact the ward by phone or email a couple of weeks before the placement, introduce yourself and explain where you are in your training. #WeStNs
@WeStudentNurse
15 June 2021 20:08
@TuckwoodBethany Good suggestion! How far in advance would you do this? #WeStNs
@Ffi_MH
15 June 2021 20:08
For me, coming up to first placement! A lot of my preparation has involved meeting with my Hub Team and clarifying expectations and completing pre-reading that was advised #WeStNs https://twitter.com/westudentnurse/status/1404877618797715461
@faebeth
15 June 2021 20:09
@WeStudentNurse Hello, #WeStNs
@WeNurses
15 June 2021 20:09
What do RNs think ? #WeStNs https://twitter.com/WeStudentNurse/status/1404877618797715461
@AgencyNurse
15 June 2021 20:09
RT @WeStudentNurse: Lets get things started- question 1. #WeStNs https://t.co/0vViNHCtu3
@WeStudentNurse
15 June 2021 20:09
@Ffi_MH That’s interesting that you set objectives before you start! How far in advance do you meet with them? #WeStNs
@stnpaeds_Ellena
15 June 2021 20:10
@WeStudentNurse Buy some comfy shoes, get lots of pens (black ink) and I love my diary as I’m definitely a tick list person????! Speak with your placement area, introduce yourself, do some research around the area you’re placed! And enjoy it #WeStNs
@WeStudentNurse
15 June 2021 20:10
@faebeth #WeStNs https://t.co/9hFTI0DkKn
@TuckwoodBethany
15 June 2021 20:10
@WeStudentNurse Usually 2 weeks in advance and also ask for at least first week of rota & ask for a student pack so can read around the specialism before I start #WeStNs
@WeStudentNurse
15 June 2021 20:10
@joshua_ferrante Great to have you along tonight #WeStNs https://t.co/2E1S9pSh7j
@wlasinclair
15 June 2021 20:10
RT @WeNurses: What do RNs think ? #WeStNs
@WeStudentNurse
15 June 2021 20:11
What “comfy” shoes do you recommend for nursing students? Not necessarily brands but what should nursing students consider when buying a pair? #WeStNs https://twitter.com/stnpaeds_ellena/status/1404878902342963202
@Ffi_MH
15 June 2021 20:12
@WeStudentNurse We had our first meeting a month in advance where they gave me the student pack with pre-reading etc then we’ve had a meeting this week (a week before) to discuss objective based on their placement profile #WeStNs
@faebeth
15 June 2021 20:12
@WeNurses Reading up about the area they are going to be visiting, being prepared for the placement #WeStNs
@WeStudentNurse
15 June 2021 20:12
@TuckwoodBethany Do you have any trouble getting Rotas or student packs? #WeStNs
@WeStudentNurse
15 June 2021 20:12
@JoJo_RosaStN @TuckwoodBethany Of where you placement is? #WeStNs
@lucy_uo
15 June 2021 20:12
@WeStudentNurse Phone in ask for your hours and who you'll be working with. Ask if there is anything worth reading up on (could be conditions, drugs, a&p...). Think about if you have any goals you could achieve on this placement. Also make sure you have a relax, you're going to be busy! #WeStNs
@WeNurses
15 June 2021 20:12
RT @faebeth: @WeNurses Reading up about the area they are going to be visiting, being prepared for the placement #WeStNs
@WeStudentNurse
15 June 2021 20:13
@joshua_ferrante #WeStNs https://t.co/PJ6dTALFdV
@WeStudentNurse
15 June 2021 20:13
#WeStNs https://twitter.com/tiggersj/status/1404879238713520137
@stnpaeds_Ellena
15 June 2021 20:13
@WeStudentNurse Good sturdy sole, cushioned inside as you’ll be on your feet a lot! Wipeable and toes covered just in case you have any accidents and all black in colour in the Trusts I work/have placement with #WeStNs
@WeStudentNurse
15 June 2021 20:13
@Ffi_MH Is that the norm for placements in your area or is this because it’s your hub? #WeStNs
@WeStudentNurse
15 June 2021 20:14
What sort of goals do you set yourself when on placement? #WeStNs https://twitter.com/lucy_uo/status/1404879608160436226
@faebeth
15 June 2021 20:14
@WeNurses Get a notebook. That way you can write down important information and advice. #WeStNs
@WeStudentNurse
15 June 2021 20:14
#WeStNs https://twitter.com/ffi_mh/status/1404879713248686080
@TuckwoodBethany
15 June 2021 20:14
@WeStudentNurse Yes, some placements don’t get around to sending the student pack or only give the first day shift times & suggest the rest can be sorted when arrive. It can be frustrating at times as difficult to plan the rest of your life #WeStNs
@WeStudentNurse
15 June 2021 20:15
Question Two.... #WeStNs https://t.co/LVJegxUvJV
@lucy_uo
15 June 2021 20:15
@WeStudentNurse @TuckwoodBethany Oh the old 'come in on Monday and we'll sort you nout' ????? #WeStNs
@Ffi_MH
15 June 2021 20:15
@WeStudentNurse So each hub is basically everyone else in our cohort (14 of us) ‘s placement areas and we rotate so it’s the norm :) we also have a monthly KIT with our PEF which is super helpful #WeStNs
@WeNurses
15 June 2021 20:15
Question 2 #WeStns https://twitter.com/WeStudentNurse/status/1404880135212265473
@WeNurses
15 June 2021 20:15
RT @faebeth: @WeNurses Get a notebook. That way you can write down important information and advice. #WeStNs
@faebeth
15 June 2021 20:15
@stnpaeds_Ellena @WeStudentNurse And nothing with holes in, no clogs etc. #WeStNs
@AgencyNurse
15 June 2021 20:16
RT @WeNurses: Question 2 #WeStns https://twitter.com/WeStudentNurse/status/1404880135212265473
@lucy_uo
15 June 2021 20:16
@WeStudentNurse @TuckwoodBethany *out...but nout might work ?? #WeStNs
@WeStudentNurse
15 June 2021 20:16
How often do you receive only the first day shift times when starting a new placement? #WeStNs https://twitter.com/tuckwoodbethany/status/1404880079965102081
@WeStudentNurse
15 June 2021 20:17
What would you expect the role of the PEF to be? #WeStNs https://twitter.com/ffi_mh/status/1404880313650761736
@WeStudentNurse
15 June 2021 20:17
RT @WeNurses: Question 2 #WeStns
@Ffi_MH
15 June 2021 20:17
@WeStudentNurse Definitely try to make the team aware of who you are and what your purpose is being there - nothing more awks than turning up on a first day and nobody knowing who you are #WeStNs https://t.co/oCqx6IyscV
@stnpaeds_Ellena
15 June 2021 20:17
@WeStudentNurse Reply in good time to requests of rotas’, offer a student pack if they have one, suggest learning opportunities such as shadowing days or goals to achieve and most importantly (in my opinion) show interest and willingness in having a student with them. #WeStNs
@Helenski17
15 June 2021 20:18
Hi! I’m Helen, child nurse lecturer ?? #WeStNs https://twitter.com/westudentnurse/status/1404876365623566343
@TuckwoodBethany
15 June 2021 20:18
@lucy_uo @WeStudentNurse Haha yes, I prefer to be more organised then this ????? I have challenged this before & they said haven’t had time to sort it (I get this to some extent but would they say this to an employee) #WeStNs
@WeStudentNurse
15 June 2021 20:18
@BlondiieeGemm What were you expected to wear? #WeStNs
@lucy_uo
15 June 2021 20:18
@WeStudentNurse Depends on where I am, what the gaps in my knowledge are, if there is theory work I can link to it (real time research!). #WeStNs
@Ffi_MH
15 June 2021 20:19
RT @WeStudentNurse: Question Two.... #WeStNs https://t.co/LVJegxUvJV
@WeStudentNurse
15 June 2021 20:19
What would be helpful to be included in a student pack? #WeStNs https://twitter.com/stnpaeds_ellena/status/1404880799900606465
@faebeth
15 June 2021 20:19
@WeStudentNurse Have a learning pack for the student to orientate them to the ward. Have an early meeting with the student to work out their learning objectives. #WeStNs
@WeStudentNurse
15 June 2021 20:19
@Helenski17 #WeStNs https://t.co/5SdTVYKtZG
@AgencyNurse
15 June 2021 20:20
This sounds like and good idea but Would love to know if this is useful for students ? #WeStNs https://twitter.com/faebeth/status/1404881300641783811
@WeStudentNurse
15 June 2021 20:20
@TuckwoodBethany @lucy_uo Now that nursing students no longer need to work with a mentor, do you think this should be a valid excuse? #WeStNs
@lucy_uo
15 June 2021 20:20
@WeStudentNurse Hasn't happened since 1st placement of 2nd year...so atm 2/8...not tooo bad #WeStNs
@WeStudentNurse
15 June 2021 20:21
#WeStNs https://twitter.com/osahealthcare/status/1404881057112023040
@Helenski17
15 June 2021 20:21
@WeStudentNurse Ensure the front of your feet are covered to prevent any injury from needles dropping on your foot. This is often in the uniform policies #WeStNs
@WeStudentNurse
15 June 2021 20:22
Abbreviations… how can we best learn abbreviations when there are so many conflicting ones? #WeStNs https://twitter.com/helenski17/status/1404881372205010947
@WeStudentNurse
15 June 2021 20:22
@lucy_uo #WeStNs https://t.co/avo1co7GHh
@stnpaeds_Ellena
15 June 2021 20:22
@WeStudentNurse To me, I find the things that you want to know the answer to but may feel worried about asking - for example, how do I get a hot drink? Is there place for food to be made? As well as an overview of the placement area and learning guidance too. #WeStNs
@TuckwoodBethany
15 June 2021 20:22
@WeNurses @WeStudentNurse Reply to the student when they make contact, brief the team that a new student is starting on X date & assign them a buddy to show them the ropes from the time handover is finished, decide who the assessor will be before hand #WeStNs
@lucy_uo
15 June 2021 20:23
@WeStudentNurse @TuckwoodBethany Now they just haven't allocated you to a 'team' or didn't know you were coming...or the person who sorts it out is off. If you can get hold of someone who will allocate you a group that's better #WeStNs
@stnpaeds_Ellena
15 June 2021 20:23
@WeStudentNurse ‘Meet the team’ section too #WeStNs
@Helenski17
15 June 2021 20:23
@WeStudentNurse I introduced a student induction- this was so valuable and evaluated so well. Students got a tour of the environment before their first day- simple things like where do I put my bag and what are the door codes. Writing in books when it’s a students first day! #WeStNs
@WeStudentNurse
15 June 2021 20:23
@stnpaeds_Ellena These are really good points! #WeStNs
@MftPre
15 June 2021 20:23
RT @WeStudentNurse: Abbreviations… how can we best learn abbreviations when there are so many conflicting ones? #WeStNs
@WeStudentNurse
15 June 2021 20:24
@TuckwoodBethany @WeNurses Do you think they buddy should be different from the PA/PS #WeStNs
@WeStudentNurse
15 June 2021 20:25
Question 3.... #WeStNs https://t.co/K4JJSwGVKG
@lucy_uo
15 June 2021 20:25
@WeStudentNurse I'm meant to be starting placement next week though...so maybe that will come back to bite me #WeStNs
@WeStudentNurse
15 June 2021 20:25
Is a student induction common on a clinical placement? #WeStNs https://twitter.com/helenski17/status/1404882265994366981
@faebeth
15 June 2021 20:25
@WeStudentNurse Each area has its own abbreviations. As long as you know the most common ones I wouldn't worry too much about ones that are specialised to that area. #WeStNs
@WeStudentNurse
15 June 2021 20:26
@lucy_uo #WeStNs https://t.co/5Sjcsdnxvt
@Helenski17
15 June 2021 20:26
@WeStudentNurse It’s so difficult, and the same abbreviation may have different meanings in different specialities. Really abbreviations should be avoided as they are just another layer that can impact patient safety #WeStns
@WeStudentNurse
15 June 2021 20:26
@faebeth Are there any specific ones that’s nursing students should know? #WeStNs
@WeNurses
15 June 2021 20:26
Great question #WeStns https://twitter.com/WeStudentNurse/status/1404882651840925701
@AgencyNurse
15 June 2021 20:27
RT @WeStudentNurse: Question 3.... #WeStNs https://t.co/K4JJSwGVKG
@AgencyNurse
15 June 2021 20:27
Like this idea - any feedback ?? #WeStNs https://twitter.com/Helenski17/status/1404882265994366981
@WeStudentNurse
15 June 2021 20:27
@NTF_Ian This is a great way to look at it! #WeStNs
@TuckwoodBethany
15 June 2021 20:27
@faebeth @WeStudentNurse Yes! 1st interview needs to be done. It loses its relevance if it’s not done in the first week. Also check in with the student to make sure they have been orientated to the ward (especially important if their is an emergency need to know where exists are, emergency no…#WeStNs
@WeStudentNurse
15 June 2021 20:28
@Helenski17 They absolutely should be avoided (or at least stream lined) but unfortunately it’s not the case #WeStNs
@WeStudentNurse
15 June 2021 20:28
RT @WeNurses: Great question #WeStns
@WeStudentNurse
15 June 2021 20:28
#WeStNs https://twitter.com/osahealthcare/status/1404883177731145730
@WeStudentNurse
15 June 2021 20:29
@JoJo_RosaStN Did you find it helpful? #WeStNs
@faebeth
15 June 2021 20:29
@WeStudentNurse General ones linked to blood tests, like FBC, and health conditions eg MI, TIA etc. #WeStNs
@stnpaeds_Ellena
15 June 2021 20:29
@WeStudentNurse We are human, mistakes happen. Say when you have done something wrong and ask for support from the nurse. From that, see it as an opportunity to learn from it and write a reflection of how things happened and what you may change if you were to face it again #WeStNs
@WeStudentNurse
15 June 2021 20:30
How often do you have a debrief when things go wrong? #WeStNs https://twitter.com/lyndafin/status/1404883609631219714
@TuckwoodBethany
15 June 2021 20:30
@WeStudentNurse @WeNurses Yes buddy can be anyone, newly qualified nurse usually works well because they have a shared understanding of the struggles being a student & what the student needs #WeStNs
@lucy_uo
15 June 2021 20:30
@WeStudentNurse Do a rota in advance, or even better let them pick. A student pack could be good, again in advance is better. Let them know their supervisors/assessors in advance. I've never had a placement contact me but that would make me feel really welcome #WeStNs
@WeStudentNurse
15 June 2021 20:30
#WeStNs https://twitter.com/stnpaeds_ellena/status/1404883787583008772
@stnpaeds_Ellena
15 June 2021 20:30
@WeStudentNurse Role of clinical staff and uni: SUPPORT!! provide further training, advice. Allow for a debrief session/supervision, identify further learning needs from the event maybe?. #WeStNs
@WeStudentNurse
15 June 2021 20:31
Has a placement ever contacted you first? #WeStNs https://twitter.com/lucy_uo/status/1404883959759130627
@Helenski17
15 June 2021 20:31
@AgencyNurse I have loads! It was often feedback that students felt so much more at ease and prepared. First day nerves were eased, sometimes they got to meet their practice assessors. Would love to help you out! Great passion of mine. #WeStNs
@AgencyNurse
15 June 2021 20:32
@Helenski17 that sounds ace :) #WeStNs
@lucy_uo
15 June 2021 20:32
@WeStudentNurse Admit it, mistakes happen to everyone, and they should be taken as learning opportunities. Reflect on it and think about why it happened, what you should have done, and what you can do to prevent it happening again- and talk about that #WeStNs
@WeStudentNurse
15 June 2021 20:33
@Helenski17 @stnpaeds_Ellena What should support look like? #WeStNs
@lucy_uo
15 June 2021 20:33
@WeStudentNurse Your just teasing me now! ??#WeStNs
@TuckwoodBethany
15 June 2021 20:33
@Helenski17 @WeStudentNurse I like the idea of this, I’m pretty sure we were told that we should not attend the hospital beforehand because of covid to reduce exposure. I started my course January 2020 so all placements during covid… now on my 5th placement. #WeStNs
@RichieJW86
15 June 2021 20:34
RT @WeStudentNurse: Lets get things started- question 1. #WeStNs https://t.co/0vViNHCtu3
@RichieJW86
15 June 2021 20:34
RT @WeStudentNurse: Question Two.... #WeStNs https://t.co/LVJegxUvJV
@WeStudentNurse
15 June 2021 20:34
@lucy_uo You know we love you luce ?? #WeStNs
@WeStudentNurse
15 June 2021 20:35
Question 4.... #WeStNs https://t.co/AO2f3ikEEl
@stnpaeds_Ellena
15 June 2021 20:35
@WeStudentNurse @Helenski17 Not blaming, listening to all thoughts around what happened, identifying an action plan going forward #WeStNs
@WeStudentNurse
15 June 2021 20:35
@JoJo_RosaStN @lucy_uo This is amazing! Did you feel a benefit from it? #WeStNs
@TuckwoodBethany
15 June 2021 20:36
@faebeth @WeStudentNurse Make sure you ask if you don’t know what a abbreviation means & tbh we should be checking in anyway to make sure we have a shared understanding of the meaning #WeStNs
@faebeth
15 June 2021 20:37
@WeStudentNurse If you have time prepare food before, like in a slow cooker. Always have extra food on you at work, maybe a few cereal bars stashed in your bag. Sometimes you have to work late and have no time for food. #WeStNs
@WeNurses
15 June 2021 20:37
Here is Q4 #WeStNs https://twitter.com/WeStudentNurse/status/1404885168830230547
@AgencyNurse
15 June 2021 20:37
RT @WeStudentNurse: Question 4.... #WeStNs https://t.co/AO2f3ikEEl
@lucy_uo
15 June 2021 20:37
@WeStudentNurse Wipeable, smart, comfy (support socks help with this too). I got fake unloops when I started which were comfy enough, they're a bit worn out now so I got myself memory foam sketchers, which were more expensive but also more comfortable (but hot) #WeStNs
@WeStudentNurse
15 June 2021 20:37
#WeStNs https://twitter.com/stn_samantha/status/1404885014932754435
@faebeth
15 June 2021 20:38
@TuckwoodBethany @WeStudentNurse Agreed, sometimes their are too many abbreviations. #WeStNs
@WeStudentNurse
15 June 2021 20:38
Great point! Always ask if unsure what an abbreviation is #WeStNs https://twitter.com/tuckwoodbethany/status/1404885446828691458
@Helenski17
15 June 2021 20:38
@WeStudentNurse I used to send an email out to students to introduce myself as the link, invite them to the induction day and to send a welcome pack out #WeStNs
@WeStudentNurse
15 June 2021 20:39
@JoJo_RosaStN How did you feel about that? #WeStNs
@sami3065
15 June 2021 20:39
@WeStudentNurse @Helenski17 @stnpaeds_Ellena For me it’s making sure they feel heard and talk through what’s gone wrong. Identify the support that is needed, as this is not the same for everyone. Follow up and continue communication is always a priority for me #WeStNs
@WeStudentNurse
15 June 2021 20:39
RT @WeNurses: Here is Q4 #WeStNs
@TuckwoodBethany
15 June 2021 20:39
@WeStudentNurse Schedule ‘me’ time before/after shift such as reading/music. Days off organise something to look forward to. Mix up lengths of shifts-do you need to do the full 12.5 hours as a student, could you do 10 hour days instead? Make suggestions of what works for you.. #WeStNs
@stnpaeds_Ellena
15 June 2021 20:40
@WeStudentNurse I wear compression tights and love a soak in the bath after a long shift! I also try to meal prep foods, I love my slow cooker as it is so easy - I always have some snacks in the bottom of my bag too so if I’m peckish or not managed a full break I can have something #WeStNs
@WeStudentNurse
15 June 2021 20:40
Interesting point! How does this make us feel as nursing students? #WeStNs https://twitter.com/stnmarika/status/1404885926417928194
@WeStudentNurse
15 June 2021 20:40
#WeStNs https://twitter.com/osahealthcare/status/1404886100519292930
@Helenski17
15 June 2021 20:40
@lyndafin @WeStudentNurse Completely agree! Maybe we need introduce debrief tools more in university to ensure familiarity in how to debrief? ?? #WeStNs
@lucy_uo
15 June 2021 20:40
@WeStudentNurse Support socks helped my feet and legs so much! Also ask about if you can wear fleeces etc. for community esp. (at UoB we're allowed to wear the @uobnursesoc hoddies). Try and have a day that's actually off (no uni work, placement or housework) each week #WeStNs
@WeStudentNurse
15 June 2021 20:41
@Helenski17 This sounds like you were very proactive! #WeStNs
@stnpaeds_Ellena
15 June 2021 20:41
@sami3065 @WeStudentNurse @Helenski17 Yes it’s all good making a plan of action going forward, but when will it be reviewed or further feedback be given! Definitely agree #WeStNs
@WeStudentNurse
15 June 2021 20:42
This is an interesting concept… do you ever negotiate the hours you do each day? #WeStNs https://twitter.com/tuckwoodbethany/status/1404886403180290051
@lucy_uo
15 June 2021 20:42
@WeStudentNurse @uobnursesoc In terms of food I cook extra in the evenings then have it for lunch, means no extra prep and decent meals. My fiancé works shifts too so if 1 of us is working but the other isn't the 1 who isn't cooks #WeStNs
@AgencyNurse
15 June 2021 20:42
Look after yourself - prepare healthy meals, make sure you hydrate, take your breaks and rest during them ...switch off and relax #WeStns https://twitter.com/WeStudentNurse/status/1404885168830230547
@Helenski17
15 June 2021 20:42
@sami3065 @WeStudentNurse @stnpaeds_Ellena Following up is such a great point here! It’s all well and good providing the immediate support but checking in and supporting after is vital. Reflecting in action and on action #WeStNs
@WeStudentNurse
15 June 2021 20:42
@stnpaeds_Ellena What sort of snacks or slow cooker recipes are your go to? #WeStNs
@WeStudentNurse
15 June 2021 20:43
What debrief tools are available? #WeStNs https://twitter.com/helenski17/status/1404886630092115971
@AgencyNurse
15 June 2021 20:43
Oooh and remember to make time for some exercise too .... feels counter intuitive when you are tired but it really does help (believe this old nurse!) #WeStNs https://twitter.com/WeStudentNurse/status/1404885168830230547
@TuckwoodBethany
15 June 2021 20:43
@stnmarika @lucy_uo @WeNurses @WeStudentNurse 100% The student should have as much rights as an employee. We need change! Perhaps the Trust should give us a contract #WeStNs
@Helenski17
15 June 2021 20:43
@WeStudentNurse I absolutely loved my role as Clinical Educator and being the link for students! #WeStNs @AgencyNurse
@Helenski17
15 June 2021 20:44
RT @WeStudentNurse: What debrief tools are available? #WeStNs
@Helenski17
15 June 2021 20:44
Great question! #WeStNs https://twitter.com/westudentnurse/status/1404887247808311300
@stnpaeds_Ellena
15 June 2021 20:44
@WeStudentNurse Chilli is a winner for me! Chicken casserole, curry - all put in the slow cooker and voila! Also like pasta dishes too as they can be ate cold (dependent on sauce) I will have breakfast bars, haribos, rice cakes and fruit - but don’t forget about them in your bag! #WeStNs
@AgencyNurse
15 June 2021 20:44
Oooh and .... invest in some lunch boxes and a wide necked thermos ... good for left overs and soups and porridge (if like me you cant eat first thing in the morning) #WeSTNs https://twitter.com/WeStudentNurse/status/1404885168830230547
@TuckwoodBethany
15 June 2021 20:44
@WeStudentNurse I haven’t actually heard of any debrief tools ????? hopefully someone can enlighten me #WeStNs
@WeStudentNurse
15 June 2021 20:45
Question 5 #WeStNs https://t.co/qj4XDF2zi3
@WeStudentNurse
15 June 2021 20:45
Now another interesting point! How would things change if nursing students had a contract with their trusts/ boards? #WeStNs https://twitter.com/tuckwoodbethany/status/1404887368579039233
@faebeth
15 June 2021 20:45
@AgencyNurse Yes, definitely big lunch boxes. Nice solid ones you csn fill up. #WeStNs
@heron_pat
15 June 2021 20:47
RT @WeStudentNurse: Great point! Always ask if unsure what an abbreviation is #WeStNs
@faebeth
15 June 2021 20:47
@WeStudentNurse Talk about issues they may have with their mentor/uni. Try a bit of mindfulness. Reflect on events. #WeStNs
@AgencyNurse
15 June 2021 20:47
The first step is recognising that nursing is tough on us .... it's ok not to be ok .... I find a meditation app useful and yoga ... also don't underestimate a good cuppa and chat #WeStNs If you are really struggling please seek help - there is lots of help out there https://twitter.com/WeStudentNurse/status/1404887685077123078
@lucy_uo
15 June 2021 20:48
@WeStudentNurse Recently there was an issue with my placements, I was meant to be in but I hadn't been told. I only found out when I asked about when I would find out where I was going. I should have been in placement for over a week then. Nobody had noticed ??#WeStNs
@stnpaeds_Ellena
15 June 2021 20:48
@WeStudentNurse Keep talking to friends, peers, family - whoever you trust, contact student wellbeing. Make time for yourself and do something you enjoy, recognise when a break is needed. At @UniDerbyNursing we are encouraged to make a ‘going home checklist’ - this has helped me! ?? #WeStNs
@WeStudentNurse
15 June 2021 20:48
#WeStNs https://twitter.com/chrissiehall_/status/1404887762348789772
@scPALMERNASH
15 June 2021 20:48
@WeStudentNurse I think that’s a really good point. We are taught very early on to behave like nurses and uphold values etc. Maybe in return some sort of contract ! It works both ways doesn’t it. #WeStNs
@AgencyNurse
15 June 2021 20:48
@faebeth A few different sizes helps too .... and i always find that if they are "nice" then it makes eating well feel like a treat #WeSTNs
@faebeth
15 June 2021 20:49
@AgencyNurse I love a bit of meditation. I do it every day, wouldn't be without it #WeStNs
@AgencyNurse
15 June 2021 20:50
@faebeth Well done - i try for everyday but can never quite get into the habbit of every day ... i do yoga everyday though #WeSTns
@TuckwoodBethany
15 June 2021 20:51
@WeStudentNurse I do because I feel like I shouldn’t have to give up pre-arranged commitments. I volunteer for couple hours on Mondays so need to leave at 15.00 but make up hours elsewhere. I’ve been told nursing is 24/7 so should do as told but I don’t think this is a healthy approach #WeStNs
@WeStudentNurse
15 June 2021 20:52
@lucy_uo ?? #WeStNs
@WeStudentNurse
15 June 2021 20:52
What is included on a going home check list? #WeStNs https://twitter.com/stnpaeds_ellena/status/1404888577377452034
@lucy_uo
15 June 2021 20:53
@Natalie_StN @WeStudentNurse @uobnursesoc Of course this is a bit pot kettle of me #WeStNs https://t.co/pk4i7NB5aP
@faebeth
15 June 2021 20:54
@AgencyNurse Yoga is good, it relaxes muscles. I find even 10 mins of medititation is good. It's the sitting that is important I find, not the length of time. #WeStNs
@WeStudentNurse
15 June 2021 20:55
Final question for tonight. Question 6 #WeStNs https://t.co/PL2haPlBfB
@WeStudentNurse
15 June 2021 20:55
@TuckwoodBethany This is a very healthy approach! Have you ever had any issues with this? #WeStNs
@stnpaeds_Ellena
15 June 2021 20:55
@WeStudentNurse See this as an example from google (can’t find the original person who made, sorry!) but we were encouraged to make our own, based on the below image - of course making ours relevant to us #WeStNs https://t.co/KVwGfExjbq
@TuckwoodBethany
15 June 2021 20:55
@AgencyNurse @WeStudentNurse One Trust I had a placement at did Student days (counted as hour). Included reflection & they checked in with all the students they currently had on placement within the Trust. It was an open space to talk about experience and problem solve together. #WeStNs
@lucy_uo
15 June 2021 20:56
@WeStudentNurse Talk, talk, talk. Use your support networks, doesn't matter if they aren't nurses just saying something helps. Your uni might have meetings for this (@uobnursesoc does 1). Also turning off after a shift, read a book, watch TV, something to get you out of nursemind #WeStNs
@Rachel_A_
15 June 2021 20:57
@WeStudentNurse I forgot that shift end was 7pm not 7.30pm so unsurprisingly I forgot this chat too ?? #WeStNs
@Rachel_A_
15 June 2021 20:58
RT @WeStudentNurse: Lets get things started- question 1. #WeStNs https://t.co/0vViNHCtu3
@Rachel_A_
15 June 2021 20:59
@WeStudentNurse Be given details of placement in a timely manner. I can't prepare unless I know where I'm going, what shifts etc #WeStNs
@WeStudentNurse
15 June 2021 20:59
@Rachel_A_ #WeStNs https://t.co/ve2oSocTZr
@Rachel_A_
15 June 2021 20:59
RT @WeStudentNurse: Question Two.... #WeStNs https://t.co/LVJegxUvJV
@WeStudentNurse
15 June 2021 21:00
Thank you for joining us- we hope you have enjoyed tonight's tweetchat! #WeStNs https://t.co/JTnBlZb4ro




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