Make the most of your placement – tips from BU Nursing students

Final year nursing students at BU recently contributed to a doctoral study about learning on practice placements.

Amanda Alexander, Joanne Hewitt, Teresa Pearce, Elinor Suter and Clare Taylor volunteered to share their top tips to help new nursing students make the most of their placement experience.

Whether you’re a nursing student or not, if you’ll be starting a placement soon, their tips may help you too:

See what team members do:

Spend time with different people in the team. They’ll teach things in different ways – some may ask you to observe while others expect you to practice a technique or activity. Officially request a day working with different members of staff so that you can focus on what you are learning.

Build your confidence:

Do your homework before arriving on placement, and while you’re settling in, take notes and be prepared to ask questions. The first few days or weeks of a placement can be overwhelming, and for healthcare professionals, things like shift handovers can be challenging, especially when there’s lot of jargon being used. Make sure you know who you are working with so you know who to refer questions to, and familiarise yourself with processes quickly so you can make even small contributions. At the end of each day, ask yourself ‘What have I learned?’

Build your knowledge base:

Learning is your priority on placement and everything is a learning opportunity, from practicing a procedure or process to observing how colleagues make complex decisions. Ask questions, request feedback and make the most of time with your mentor to discuss your learning outcomes and how to achieve them.

Stand firm on important issues:

Some staff can resent placement students because of their protected role or lack of expertise, so try and build a good rapport with everyone, keeping your views and actions professional. If you feel that your learning experience is being affected by an individual’s attitude, initiate a conversation with your mentor or your university link tutor. Be assertive in seeking confirmation of who your mentor is on each shift (or project) as it’s important for your learning to know who’s supervising you. If you need more practice with a procedure or process, ask and keep asking – it’s too late to regret or complain once you’re back at uni.

The students’ top tips were originally published in Nursing Standards magazine on Wednesday 28 January 2015.

Vice-Chancellor’s Staff Award Winners – Faculty of Health & Social Sciences

DrCarolClarkCongratulations to Dr Carol Clark, from the School of Health and Social Care on winning the Academic Staff – Individual Achievement Award at the Vice-Chancellor Staff Awards 2014.

Dr Clark was nominated for her infectious enthusiasm and inspirational ‘fused’ approach either to leading, or to working together with staff and students, while maintaining her own research and scholarship.

“Despite her challenging role as Framework Lead, Carol has maintained a ‘fused’ approach, enthusing and inspiring her students to be a part of that.”
Professor Vanora Hundley, Deputy Dean for Research and Professional Practice, School of Health and Social Care

“For me, Carol’s greatest achievement is her innovation in teaching, promoting the independence of her students such that seven out of twenty-one achieved a First in her Unit.”
Dr Judith Chapman, Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy, School of Health and Social Care

Find further information on the 2014 Vice-Chancellor’s Staff Awards.

Student visit to Uganda with the BU Global Horizons Fund

MikeAndJodieMike Thomson and Jodie Willis, Graduates in Operating Department Practice, reflected upon their experiences of visiting Uganda during their final year in July 2014. With support from the BU Global Horizons fund, they spent two weeks in Uganda supporting a training project for the Basingstoke Hoima Partnership for Health.

Mike and Jodie were in Uganda to assist in the training of operating department staff. Working in very different circumstances to what they have been used to; they helped to develop the skills of local doctors, clinical officers, nurses and midwives in drug administration, routine observations and important life-saving surgical techniques.

The placement was part of a longer term commitment to assist in the training of existing staff.

“as a team we were very excited to hear of Mike and Jodie’s experiences and how, no matter where you are, the essential  skills of patient care during the perioperative period are transferable, no matter what environment you are in” Lesley Elcock, Practice Fellow in Perioperative Practice, Programme Lead – Dip (HE) Operating Department Practice, HSC.

Operating Department Practice student paper on end of life care published

jpp-november-2014Tina Wade has had a very #BUProud November 2014… Along with the rest of her class, she graduated from BU with a DipHE in Operating Department Practice at the Bournemouth International Centre. She also had her final year research project published as a case study in this month’s edition of the Journal of Perioperative Practice (JPP).The JPP is the official journal of the Association for Perioperative Practice, publishing literature reviews, research-based articles and topical discussions.

In her article, Tina investigates end of life care and the impact of the compassionate and personalised care student ODP’s offer patients. Tina, who now works for Poole Hospital, demonstrates the quality of research being done by undergraduate students at BU.

Success of BU Health and Social Care students celebrated

The School of Health and Social Care has held its annual Awards Ceremony to celebrate the success of graduating students.

Students from each course were awarded prizes from local hospital trusts where they were on placement, course leaders and the Students’ Union.

Professor Gail Thomas, Dean of the School of Health and Social Care, said “I think this evening is one of the high points of the year because it celebrates some of our incredibly successful students.

“All of students are successful, but these have gone the extra mile and have made a real difference to their peers, to the practitioners they work with, and the patients, clients and service users they work with. Well done to all of them!”

A keynote speech from Judith Chapman, Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy, opened the proceedings with a motivational speech on how learning from the past helps with present challenges.

Presentations were then awarded to the students from all of the School’s undergraduate, postgraduate and post-registration courses.

Olivia Tuckerman, BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy graduate and recipient of the Students’ Union Award said: “It’s such a lovely event, I’m really looking forward to seeing everyone’s achievements”.

Rebecca Mitchell, BSc (Hons) Nutrition graduate and recipient of the Nutrition Award added: “It’s a real pleasure to be here, the evening is really nicely put on and I feel very honoured to be invited to come along”.

The evening closed with a celebration networking event for prize winners, tutors and their families.

Winners of the awards were:

  • Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Prize – Emma Stride, BSc (Hons) Adult nursing
  • Paramedic Science Award – Amanda Houghton, FdSc Paramedic Science
  • Sociology & Social Policy Award – Charlotte Garrett, BA (Hons) Sociology & Social Policy
  • Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust Prize – Laura Prowse, BSc (Hons) Midwifery
  • Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust Prize – Eleanor Hooper, Advanced Diploma Mental Health Nursing
  • Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Post-Registration And Clinical Excellence Prize – Ingrid Edwards, HSC CPD Framework
  • Poole Hospital Nhs Foundation Trust Pre-Registration And Clinical Excellence Prize –  Christopher Senior, Advanced Diploma Adult Nursing
  • BERTIE BAILEY AWARD, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust For Pre-Registration Nursing Prize – Rebecca Launchbury, Advanced Diploma Adult Nursing
  • Rodger White Prize – Sabeel Ali, BA (Hons) Social Work and Louise Anderson, MA Social Work
  • Dr Eleanor Bond Award – Ileana Savage, HSC CPD Framework
  • Phi Mu Chapter (England) Award – Peter Bartlett BSc (Hons) Child Health Nursing and Amy Phillips BSc (Hons) Child Health Nursing
  • Students’ Union Award – Olivia Tuckerman, BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
  • Nutrition Award – Rebecca Mitchell, BSc (Hons) Nutrition
  • Exercise Science Award – Jasmine Guizzetti, BSc (Hons) Exercise Science
  • Midwifery Award – Rebecca Moss-Coleman, BSc (Hons) Midwifery
  • Operating Department Practice Award – Tina Wade, Dip HE Operating Department Practice
  • Children & Young People’s Nursing Award – Laura Cox, BSc (Hons) Child Health Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy Award – Alannah Pasokhy, BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy
  • Physiotherapy Award – Kendal Burns, BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
  • Physiotherapy Team Award – Christopher Dorey, BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
  • Sarah Cheesman Compassionate Care Prize – Zuzana Nechalova, Advanced Diploma Adult Nursing
  • Dorset County Council Award – Daniel Ralph, MA Social Work
  • Dorset County Council PQSW Prize – Faye Nethercote, PG Dip in Advanced Mental Health Practice
  • National Centre For Post-Qualifying Social Work Award – Laura Tanner, Grad Dip Children and Family Studies
  • Marnie Mae Pope Prize – Rebecca Moss-Coleman, BSc (Hons) Midwifery


Timetable information for HSC students

The external power supply to Royal London House has been restored and normal access to the building will resume from 8am on Monday 6 January.

HSC students are advised to check the online timetable before Monday morning as there have been a number of changes to timetables due to the power outage.

Timetables have also been amended due to a few areas in the building that have suffered water damage as a result of the continued poor weather. HSC managers and Estates staff will be on hand to assist with any remaining issues on Monday.

If you have any questions please contact your programme administrator.

Professor Jane Reid’s report featured on The Conversation UK

Bournemouth University’s Visiting Professor of Nursing, Jane Reid, had her article featured on news website ‘The Conversation UK’, talking about surgical “never events” and what they are.

The Conversation UK is a new and quirky website that presents and delivers the news using academic opinion and expertise.

Surgical “never events” are extremely serious incidents that should never happen because “they’re entirely preventable”.

Most never events prove devastating, such as having the wrong testicle removed, retained foreign objects post operation and severe scalding of patients. However many are fatal, preventable events: Suicide using collapsible rails, maternal death due to post-partum haemorrhage after elective caesarean sections, wrongly prepared high-risk injectable medication and maladministration of Insulin.

“Unfortunately, too many health professionals, managers and boards continue to tolerate unacceptable practices that are ultimately endured by patients.” Jane Reid said in the article.

See the full article here.

Dean Eastmond

Dean is a student at Budmouth College in Weymouth, who is working at Bournemouth University in the Press and PR Department. He joined BU on a Sir Samuel Mico Scholarship, which provides 10 students from his college with essential work experience for four weeks over the summer.