Travelling to Placement

*Please note that it is your parent hospital ALO (Allocations Liaison Officer) and NOT the Allocations Office, UCC that process and arrange for payment of travel and expences. Therefore, if you have any queries relating to travel or accommodation allowances please contact your ALO (ALO contact details can be found by clicking here).

Regardless of which health service provider (the hospital/health service you have been assigned to) or where you live, you will be required on occasion to travel to placements. Every attempt is made to place you close to or within easy travelling distance from your term time or home address, but due to the number/geographical spread of placement areas, number of students and NMBI (Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland) requirements, this is not always possible to achieve.

The particular requirements of your branch will determine the nature and sequence of your placements.  They can be in a number of settings, including:

  • Hospital based such as a ward, outpatients department or operating theatres

  • Community based with a Public Health Nurse or Practice Nurse

  • Day care based, such as a special school or a day centre

  • Residential based, such as group homes.

Many factors are taken into account when an allocation is drawn up and the demands on both staff in the Allocations Office and the placement areas mean that a placement will not be changed unless extenuating circumstances prevail. It is not common practice to change placement arrangements.  Where you feel you have exceptional circumstances that warrant a change to your placement arrangements, you must request the change in writing to the Allocations Officer

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