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Settling In (Video 15)



Why is it important to work closely with your colleagues? These students can tell you how talking to other students and staff helped them.

Nursing Student (India):

Staff was very accommodative and flexible to me. Whenever I was “stuck” they helped me a lot, they know I’m from a non- English background and I have a difficulty with understanding and sometimes I’m not sure about like what they are talking about so I repeat, I always repeat my question again and again. They are very good to listen to your questions and answer them back. They’re good.

Nursing Student (Philippines):

I have been for my four Pracs already, and I didn’t have any problem with the students at all. They seem to be all friendly working with diverse multicultural students; yes I have no problem at all. As well as the staff they are friendly and they are willing to help if you ask questions.

Senior Lecturer (School of Public Health, QUT):

Working effectively with others in clinical settings is a skill that you need to learn over time. It’s about making sure that you’re very honest with everybody that’s on that team, that you’re very aware of what your limitations are in that particular point in placement and that you seek help whenever you can - that you communicate effectively with other staff members.

Nursing Student (Japan):

I need to take my responsibility to look after the patient. Even I’m a student but on the Prac I have a patient. I need to look after the patient’s life as well.

Clinical Facilitator (School of Nursing and Midwifery, QUT):

First of all they need to be developing a rapport with their buddy nurse. That means telling the buddy nurse their name and introducing themselves, telling the buddy nurse at what year level they are, what they would like to achieve on that day. That will give the buddy nurse guidelines about how he or she can organise the day, how they can assist the student.

Nursing Student (Hong Kong):

As long as you initiate the communication with them and you participate in their practise. They will accept you as one of the colleagues to work out the stuff. I feel I’m quite accepted by them.

Lecturer (School of Nursing and Midwifery, QUT):

For students to actually fit into a workplace environment some of the main points that I will highlight to them is that the more enthusiasm they show and the more that they get involved with the workplace and with the staff themselves, then the more that the workplace will want to include them. And so if they actually go in and they don’t show that they are keen, and eager to be there, and that they are prepared, which is of course is another main part of it, then the staff really aren’t going to take that extra time out of their day to show them what the student would like to know.