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The placement learning element of your programme is vital to preparation in becoming a registered Nurse. Placements comprise 50% of the total requirement for study. Below you will find more information about learning in practice, including resources, useful links and mentor information which will help you get the most from your time spent on placement.

  • Information for Students

    Prepare for placement

    Raising and escalating concerns

    Course programme information

    Good Health and Good Character

    It is important that student nurses conduct themselves professionally at all times in order to justify the trust the public places in our professions. Throughout the Pre-registration programme students will learn about the behaviour and conduct that the public expects from nurses and midwives. This Guidance on professional conduct for nursing and midwifery students sets out the personal and professional conduct expected of nursing or midwifery students in order for them to be fit to practice.

    Good health is necessary to undertake practice as a nurse or a midwife. Good health means that a person must be capable of safe practice.

    Good character is also important as nurses and midwives must be honest and trustworthy. Good character is based on a person’s conduct, behaviour and attitude. It also takes account of any convictions and cautions that are not considered to be compatible with professional registration and that might bring the profession into disrepute. A person’s character must be sufficiently good for them to be capable of safe and effective practice without supervision.

    Equality and Diversity

    The University of Cumbria is committed to creating an environment where diversity is celebrated and everyone is treated fairly. This link provides you with information about the work we are doing.

    Where possible reasonable adjustments should be made in the work based environment. Local placement policies should be followed with regards to this. You may find some of the following useful:

    RCN Toolkit for Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Dyscalculia

    Article: Supporting nursing students with dyslexia in clinical practice

    The concern of the NMC (2010) when considering ‘reasonable adjustments’ is whether the adjustment enables a nurse, or midwife to achieve ‘safe and effective practice’ without supervision.

  • CLIP Model Information

    Implementing Collaborative Learning in Practice - a new way of learning for Nursing Students

    Workforce Information Network (eWIN)

  • Information for Mentors

    NMC Guidance on social media

    Mentor evidence records

    Mentor self assessment

    Overview of NMC mentor standards


    Nominating students for Awards

    The University likes to recognise students who excel, not only in their studies, but also in a wider variety of ways. We hope Mentors would also consider nominating our students for awards if a student has gone that extra mile in the practice placement area or undertaken a piece of work that will leave a lasting effect on their fellow students or profession. We are proud to have had finalists at the Student Nursing Times Awards.

    Other events include the RCN Nursing Standard Awards


    Triennial Review

    The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) requires that in order to remain on the local register of mentors all mentors and practice teachers must produce, at a formal review held every three years, evidence that they have:

    • Mentored at least 2 students (practice teachers to have supervised at least 1 student) with due regard within the previous 3 years.
    • Participated in annual updating.
    • Explored as a group activity the validity and reliability of judgments made when assessing practice in challenging circumstances. (This may take place within the mentor update, team meetings, educational forums etc.)
    • Mapped ongoing development in their role against the current NMC mentor/practice teacher standards.
    • Been deemed to have met all requirements needed to be maintained on the local register as a mentor, sign off mentor or practice teacher.

    All NMC Registrants who are mentors or practice teachers supporting learners in a practice setting are required to undertake a triennial review. This usually takes place as a self-evaluation in regards to their role as a mentor and is verified by the mentor’s employer during annual appraisal


Student Quality Ambassadors (SQA)

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Student Nursing Blog

Created by University of Cumbria Student Wellbeing Ambassadors; the aim of this blog is to have a positive impact on student nurses, of all fields, during and beyond your time at the University. Written by experienced student nurses, it shares ideas about how to get the most out of your University and placement experiences. It will hopefully encourage and assist you in your growth and development into becoming compassionate, empathetic and resilient nurses.