Placement Learning in Surgical Nursing

A guide for students in practice


  • Karen Holland, BSc(Hons), MSc, CertEd, SRN , Professorial Fellow, School of Nursing, University of Salford, Salford, UK
  • Roxburgh, MSc, SPQ, RNT, RGN, Lecturer in Nursing, Stirling University, Department of Nursing & Midwifery, Stirling, UK

Are you unsure about your surgical nursing placement? Do you need guidance on what to prepare to get the most out of your practice learning? Will you have the range of skills to care for people undergoing surgery? What learning opportunities will there be to meet your competencies? How can you maximise your learning during this placement?

This book will help you with all these concerns. It will advise you on what to expect from the placement, what you can learn, how to link theory and practice, and how to make the most of your learning opportunities and meet your competencies.

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Book information

  • Published: October 2012
  • ISBN: 978-0-7020-4305-5

Table of Contents


Section 1 Preparation for Practice Learning Experience

Chapter 1 Surgical Nursing in Context

Chapter 2 Introduction to the principles of surgical nursing

Chapter 3 Types of surgical nursing opportunities and clinical placements

Chapter 4 Preparation for Learning in Practice

Section 2 Placement Learning Opportunities

Chapter 5 Pre-admission assessment of the patient and discharge planning

Chapter 6 Preparation of the patient for surgery: the hospital experience

Chapter 7 Undergoing an anaesthetic prior to surgery

Chapter 8 Undergoing surgery: the HospitalTheatre Experience

Chapter 9 Recovery from Surgery

Chapter 10 Going home from hospital

Section 3 The Patient experience of undergoing surgery

Chapter 11 Case study 1: Caring for a patient in a Day Care Unit

Chapter 12 Case study 2: Caring for a patient in a general surgical ward

Chapter 13 Case study 3: Caring for a patient requiring emergency surgery

Section 4 Consolidating learning

Chapter 14 What have I learnt in a surgical nursing placement?

Appendix: Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) guidance on professional conduct for nursing and midwifery students