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Table 2 Emotional touch points

From: Culture, courage and compassion: exploring the experience of student nurses on placement abroad

Touch points Positive words Negative words
Preparation for placement Encouraged Misunderstood
Expectations On top of the world Tense
Culture Fortunate Pressured out of control
First impressions in placement Competent Embarrassed
Caring for patients and families Heard Confused
Relationship with mentor Wonderful Determined
Working with the ward team Relieved Lost
New skills and knowledge Safe Grumpy
Living overseas Sense of belonging Bored
Learning about myself Included Helpless
  Surprised Worried
  Happy Anxious
  Others added by students Others added by students
  Significant Disinterested
  Doing something different Scared
  Taking opportunity to travel