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The Clinical Placement

The Clinical Placement

Tracy Levett-Jones | Sharon Bourgeois


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A unique, fundamental resource for nursing students in a clinical environment The Clinical Placement, 2nd Edition: An essential guide for nursing students is an interactive textbook designed to guide nursing students through their clinical placement journey. The first edition of this nursing reference proved extremely valuable in helping nursing students use their clinical placements as opportunities to develop the skills, knowledge, attitude and understanding that underpin quality practice. The Clinical Placement, 2nd Edition is fully revised with a fresh new appeal. It builds upon the success of the first edition, while incorporating a wealth of new, topical content written in easy-to-understand language. Designed to challenge and inspire students, The Clinical Placement, 2nd Edition: An essential guide for nursing students introduces foundational knowledge in early chapters before addressing more complex issues. This indispensable nursing resource will motivate students to think deeply and critically about important professional and clinical issues.

• stories and scenarios to help students relate theory to the reality of practice
• 'something to think about' boxes offering valuable advice
• 'student experience' sections
• reflective thinking activities to encourage self-assessment and experiential learning
• new sections to address contemporary issues such as Indigenous health, patient safety, clinical reasoning, therapeutic communication, interprofessional communication, clinical handover, emotional intelligence, information and communication technology and social networking
• issues of relevance to the New Zealand health care context
• discussion of topical issues such as national registration
• enhanced attention to cultural safety
• refers to the most recent professional standards and codes of practice
• new clinical specialties profiled, including drug and alcohol nursing, emergency nursing and international nursing

Table of Contents

Section Title Page Action Price
Front cover cover
Front Matter i
Dedication ii
The Clinical Placement iii
Copyright page iv
Table of contents v
About the authors viii
Reviewers ix
Introduction x
How to use this book xi
Chapter 1: The rules of engagement 1
Know the lie of the land 1
The clinical placement—what it is and why it matters 2
Person-centred care 6
Models of care 10
Competent practice 11
Working within your scope of practice 13
Student supervision and support 15
Working hard—but not too hard 19
First impressions last 20
Mandatory requirements for clinical placements 21
The roles and functions of the interdisciplinary healthcare team 23
References 27
Chapter 2: Great expectations 30
Introduction 30
Patients’ expectations 30
Clinicians’ expectations 32
Professional expectations 33
Legal requirements 36
Don’t apologise for being a student 39
Speak up, speak out 40
Exercise your rights 42
You’re not the boss of me (oh really?) 44
Don’t take things personally 45
Compliance and compromise 46
References 50
Chapter 3: How you act 51
Introduction 51
Cultural safety 51
Teamwork 54
Managing conflict 56
Dealing with horizontal violence 57
Dealing with sexual harassment 60
Taking care of yourself 62
Advocacy 63
Best practice 64
Practice principles 67
Clinical governance 70
Patient safety 71
Clinical learning objectives 77
Student assessment 78
Giving and receiving gifts 80
Visitors during clinical placements 83
Using supplies from the healthcare organisation 83
Punctuality and reliability 84
Putting work ahead of your studies 85
Clinical placements at distant locations 87
References 89
Chapter 4: How you think and feel 93
Introduction 93
Caring 93
Reflective practice 95
Reality check and seeking feedback 99
Emotional intelligence 101
Critical thinking and clinical reasoning 103
Ethical dilemmas in nursing 110
Crossing over the line 112
Getting the support you need 114
References 119
Chapter 5: How you communicate 122
Introduction 122
What is a nurse? 122
Therapeutic communication 124
Welcome to Australia or New Zealand 127
Using professional language 131
Documentation and legal issues 132
Information and communication technology in healthcare and in education 136
Patient handover 138
Your voice in the clinical environment 140
Telephones and the internet 141
Self-disclosure 146
Providing effective feedback 147
References 151
Chapter 6: Insights from clinical experts 153
Introduction 153
Aviation nursing 154
Further reading 156
Some historical further reading 156
Community health nursing 157
References 160
Further reading 160
Community health information 160
Day-surgery nursing 161
Resources 162
Developmental disability nursing 163
Resources 165
Drug and alcohol nursing 166
Emergency nursing 168
References 171
General practice nursing 173
References 175
General practice nursing information 175
Indigenous nursing 176
References 178
Useful links 178
Useful reading 178
Intensive care nursing 179
International nursing 182
Justice health nursing 185
Medical nursing 188
References 190
Mental health nursing 191
References 193
Midwifery 194
References 197
Nephrology nursing 199
Occupational health nursing 202
Older person nursing 207
References 211
Paediatric nursing 212
References 214
Palliative care nursing 215
Further reading 217
Perioperative nursing 219
Primary healthcare nursing 222
References 224
Private hospital nursing 225
References 228
Rural and remote nursing 229
References 231
Surgical nursing 232
Recommended reading 234
Glossary 235
Index 240