• Are newly qualified nurses prepared for practice?

      Holmes, Dinah; Whitehead, Bill; University of Derby (EMAP, 2011-05)
      While many people find starting a new job stressful, the transition from student to newly qualified nurse comes with additional pressures, as being unprepared could harm patients.
    • Getting the most out of your clinical placement.

      Whitehead, Bill; University of Derby (Macmillan Publishing Ltd., 2013-09-18)
      This article discusses what to expect from clinical placements, what you will learn, techniques to enhance your experience, and handling a placement that is not going well.
    • Using more healthcare areas for placements

      Sherratt, Lou; Young, Alwyn; Brundrett, Heather; Whitehead, Bill; Collins, Guy; University of Derby (Macmillan Publishing Ltd., 2013-06-26)
      The need for private, voluntary and independent placements in nursing programmes has become more important in recent years due to changes in where health services are delivered. These placements can be used effectively within nursing programmes to show students the realities of healthcare, and to challenge myths and attitudes. Dedicated time and resources need to be provided to discover and maintain these placements, and to ensure appropriate, high-quality learning opportunities. This article presents the findings of a national Higher Education Academy workshop, held at the University of Derby in November 2012. It explores three key issues discussed at the workshop: current practice and opportunities for learning; myths, attitudes and solutions; and maintaining the quality of placements. The use of PVI placements is seen as valuable and a set of recommendations are provided to assist in their use.
    • Using specialist nurse mentors to boost placement capacity.

      Bailey, Elaine; Whitehead, Bill; University of Derby (Macmillan Publishing Ltd., 2006-11-28)
      Mentors play a pivotal role in assessing and supporting nursing students. This can be rewarding but stressful. With increasing numbers of students requiring clinical placements, ward mentors are becoming overloaded. This article examines a new method of supporting senior nursing students in placement while alleviating the pressures on overworked mentors. It recommends the use of specialist nurses to support pre-registration students through a structured learning pathway. The scheme also opens up new areas for clinical allocations. This is a summary: the full paper can be accessed at nursingtimes.net.