Rural health professionals often work across multiple settings across the day, week or month. This provides an ideal opportunity for students to gain exposure to these different settings. Think creatively about how best to structure student placements in your services, for example:
- Rotate students through settings
- Have students accompany you on your schedule across settings – the travel time provides an ideal opportunity for reflective practice
- Place students in one setting, with a local contact for on site supervision and set them a project to do whilst they are on placement. Check in with them daily to see how they are progressing and resolve any issues
- Have students undertake their placement across several weeks – for example 2 days a week, note that this option won’t suit all education providers or students.