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Multi-Professional Support of Learning and Assessing in Practice Theoretical Assignment The Role of a Nursing Mentor
The design of this essay is to focus on two different aspects of mentorship in a nursing environment. Part one will focus on the role of a clinical mentor and part two will explain an assessment of a student nurse through the vision of a new mentor observing a clinical procedure undertaken by the student. The aim is to cover the learning outcomes of the module and focus on current literature and evidence surrounding the topic of mentorship. The subject is well covered in literature regarding the role of a mentor. More often than not it focuses on the positivity of having a supportive mentor to assist the affective learning of a student nurse, so they can meet their own learning outcomes. The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) published standards that explain the necessary requirements for a registered nurse to become a mentor. The publication of 2006 explains, ‘Mentors are accountable to the NMC for their decision that students are fit for practice and that they have to necessary knowledge, skills and competence to take on the role of a registered nurse.’ (NMC, 2006). The definition of a mentor comes from many centuries ago, it is defined as, ‘an experienced person in a company or educational institution who trains and counsels new employees or students,’ (Oxford Dictionary, 2011). For nurses there are a lot of literature and guidance for their role as a mentor. One publication comes in the form of The Royal Collage of Nurses (RCN) Tool Kit for Mentors. It explains how a mentor has a specific role in the workplace to provide guidance for a new future nurse to ensure they can achieve what they want out of the clinical area. The RCN (2007) explains how a mentor is a positive role model, ‘An effective role model should be able to help students develop skills and confidence, promote a professional relationship with students, provide the appropriate...
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