Reflections in Education: The value of a post-graduate clinical placement for nursing students

Eleonora Cretu, Kalliopi Stilos


The importance of a clinical placement in graduate nursing programs has been recognized in the academic literature and in the advanced nursing practice workforce environment as being beneficial. During a placement, post-graduate students have opportunities to familiarize themselves with the Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) role and competencies, build networks, advance their personal and professional development, and validate their motivation and desire to pursue a particular professional area of advanced nursing practice. This paper describes reflections on a post-graduate clinical placement in palliative care, exercising the Canadian Nursing Association’s (2019) APN competencies. Exposure to such a placement helps novice APNs develop a strategic and grounded advanced nursing practice foundation. 

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