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RCN Education Forum National Conference & Exhibition 2021

A virtual placement: an innovative initiative during a global pandemic was delivered by Emma Bockle and Lucy Stainer working with Desi Tait and Amanda Watson.

Many student nurses during the pandemic were unable to continue their learning in practice as practice was deemed unsafe (NMC 2020).  A virtual placement on a pre-registration nursing programme was created in which students worked in groups and explored a specific geographical area through online and remote activity for 4 weeks working defined rubrics.

Students needed to comprehend health promotion, and this process created an opportunity to develop leadership, empowerment, independence, resilience and IT skills (Thomas and Asselin, 2018). A virtual placement is transferable to educational programmes requiring an analysis of a group or groups in a community.

This model of learning has significance nationally where placement capacity is predicted to be challenging with increased recruitment for health care professionals. It also reflects the need to introduce contemporary placement models that encompasses learning that is wider than the traditional placement model. 

Abstract details for conference accessible on link below:

HEE South West Good Practice Event

Clinical Placement Expansion and Capacity and the creation of innovative solutions to supporting learning during the Covid-19 pandemic were just some of the  themes at the HEE South West Good Practice Event that Emma Böckle & Lucy Stainer presented their work at this week. The virtual conference was a showcase of educational ideas that demonstrated innovations in training our current and future healthcare workforce across the South-West.

Their poster presentation compiled together with Amanda Watson and Desi Tait identified “The creation of a Virtual Locality Placement that enabled student nurses to achieve practice hours during the pandemic”.  A 5-minute presentation generated questions and discussion regarding the implementation of the locality placement within the programme and the positive practice learning students had identified from this experience.

The sharing of good practice throughout the day was thought provoking and encouraging in promoting the way forward for multi-professional learning and working across the region. Access to posters and recording are available up to 1 month after conference, and you can view on link below: