Did you ask for assistance/to practice the phonetics system when first arriving at the placement? Perhaps the other students read new pages just like you and the reason why they got practise is because they asked at the start of their prac, with an understanding they would do the assessment at the end if the prac? Perhaps the phonetics system is something that experts in the area have agreed one should be able to pick up by studying a few notes? What was your feedback for the placement like - any other areas marked for improvement?
Last edited by VicPark; 10-01-2015 at 21:16.
Bullying and all aside, I am replying to just the part about the university, the hospital and the placement.
I work in a hospital and part of my job is to supervise students. If I (and the team that I work with) feel that we cannot provide a consistent learning environment for the student (an example of this would be changing supervisors every day - hardly fair on the student), then we simply cannot offer the placement. So there are times when at late notice, placements are withdrawn - reasons for that may include staff going on unplanned leave (eg sudden and prolonged sick leave), a change in staffing and hence availability of supervisors. This is not the university's fault - the co-ordinators work exceptionally hard to try and make sure that every student gets sufficient placements to pass. This in itself is no mean feat - especially when there is very little funding. Their job is to provide you with a placement - which they have done, even if it is not one that you are happy with. Here's the reality of healthcare life though - I'm assuming that because you are doing hospital-based clinical training, if you are going to be going into a graduate role, you will be expected to rotate through different areas. Some of which you will like, and some of which you won't.
On the topic of placements, I've had students travel up to 1.5-2 hours each way for placement where I work. Similarly, I've had to do that amount of travel as a student. I get that it's different as a student with a family - but as I mentioned above, the uni's only obligation is to provide you with a placement to fulfill the criteria for you to pass your course. When I was a student, we were all told that we signed up for the course, knowing what the expectations for placements were, knowing that we could be sent anywhere for them and would be expected to arrange our own travel - and aware of the impact that this could have on other jobs etc - and that none of that would constitute reasons to request alternative placements.
I really hope that you can find a solution that works for you and your family. You're doing an incredible thing - studying while raising a family. All the best with it xx
I don't mean to be insulting OP, but what replies do you want?
Advice? It's been offered and vehemently rejected.
A vent? Done. Several times.
I rarely agree with VP () but several responders, including myself have offered advice, platitudes and suggestions and you have not responded to most of them.
If you just want to have a vent and a whine about it - that's fine, we all need that.
But you have asked for advice, we have given and you just seem to be going on the attack no matter the reply.
I do hope you can sort it out and make the most of wherever you end up doing your placement, and what is best for you and your family x
There's also a different working environment in the country compared to the city and that is what I want to experience.
What is best for my family is to get my qualification and I already know that a metro placement won't do that for me. I'm trying to maximise my chances of success and appreciate brainstorming and lateral thinking.
If it a metro placements there will be public transportation. You will be able to stay future out for cheaper accommodation. Shopping shouldnt really not even a consideration considering it metro. Dd has lived in the big smoke for 3 years without needing a car.
Honestly if you plan on being in medical industry you need metro experience too. A low class metro hospital sounds like a great place learn the skills you need to have a successful career.
I know i would rather someone that has lots of different experience working on me rather than someone that has only had country experience.
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