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Nurse education
Registered nurses require increased time allocation and improved placement support measures to enhance student nurse placement learning experiences
  1. Úna Kerin
  1. Department of Adult Nursing, Birmingham City University, Birmingham, UK
  1. Correspondence to Úna Kerin, Adult Nursing, Birmingham City University, Birmingham B5 5JU, UK; una.kerin{at}

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Commentary on: Cusack L, Thornton K, Drioli-Phillips PG, et al. Are nurses recognised, prepared and supported to teach nursing students: mixed methods study. Nurse Educ Today 2020; 90:104434. doi: 10.1016/j.nedt.2020.104434.

Implications for practice and research

  • Registered nurses require time to deliver high-quality experiential learning and where possible; this should be reflected in clinical practice workload allocation.

  • Future research should develop enhanced strategies to improve support provision for registered nurses involved in teaching, supervising, mentoring and assessing nursing students in practice.


Clinical placements provide nursing students with experiential learning opportunities to practice professional values, socialise into the clinical context, enhance clinical skills competence and integrate theory into practice.1 2 While on placement, students are assigned to one or more registered nurses (RNs). Mentors, preceptors, assessors and practice supervisors are just some of the titles assigned to RNs who …

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  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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