The second placement of the First Year at Manchester is informally known as “Block Placement”, this is because we are in practice 5 times a week, 7 and a half hours a day for 9 weeks. Although originally appearing undeniably daunting, surprisingly I’ve come to prefer this format. It gives us more of a feel for a true working week as a registered nurse and provides patients with more continuity of care from you as a student nurse.
For example in my last placement being in twice a week alone didn’t seem long enough as patients would come and go, situations would change and it would take a little while to settle into each day. In my new placement, I feel more included as part of the team and more” in the loop”, if not for the simple fact of I have more time to get to know both the staff and my duties.
There are some things Block Placement has already taught me, the importance of a good packed lunch for one, but the rate I am learning about the field of Maxillofacial and Ophthalmic surgery is the most evident. Having the extra time allows you to build more of a rapport between yourself, your mentor and other staff, in my case allowing me to feel more comfortable asking questions and testing my own knowledge. It’s so rewarding being able to feel knowledgeable and confident whilst in practice, especially with the support of a good mentor such as mine, I have been able to grow so much as a Student Nurse in such a short time.