Research placements: are they a suitable alternative for student nurses?

Gerry Lee, Mary Raleigh, Kendall Robbins

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COVID-19 has affected those undertaking courses in higher education,
especially programmes in health care with clinical placements. Many student
nurses were unable to undertake their planned clinical placements and had
to adjust to self-directed learning and an increase in simulated learning. As
a suitable alternative to clinical placements, a research placement for two
second-year BSc adult nursing students was trialled, and this article presents
an account from one placement. The academic team devised specific
questions for students to consider for their research electives and provided
a template for their written work with the aim of writing up a weekly report
to reflect their learning. In particular, the students had to identify how their
learning related to the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council code of conduct.
The research placement was successful and shows great potential, offering
students tangible opportunities to seek out the evidence for themselves and
use it to inform their clinical practice.
Original languageEnglish
Article number32 (3)
Pages (from-to)126-128
Number of pages3
JournalBritish journal of nursing (Mark Allen Publishing)
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 9 Feb 2023


  • Pre-registration education
  • Student nurse
  • Clinical placements
  • Covid-19
  • research involvement


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