This assignment aims to critically evaluate the four key professional requirements for mentorship practice. The assignment endeavours to reflect on clinical practice with Samantha a third year student nurse on her final placement in the Emergency Department. The assignment aspires to critically discuss different theories of adult learning relating to Samantha’s practical and academic experiences. The positive and negative aspects of effective learning environments are identified and discussed making recommendations to improve the current learning environment. The assignment critically analyses the accountability of the mentor in relation to the assessment of the student and the student’s professional growth and development.
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However it could be argued that due to the nature of the department and the busy environment the student may feel they are lacking knowledge in some areas. Therefore to improve the learning environment in A&E the author has recommended the introduction of a student area on the notice board. This area will contain research in relation to emergency care such as papers on triage methods. The notice board will also contain information about specific conditions patients present with such as chest pain. Therefore the introduction of the notice board provides the student with resources to access theory.
Price (2007) highlights nurses consider their profession to be practice based and work hard to ensure a large part of the students learning takes place in the clinical environment. Nursing is a competency based profession and registered nurses who become mentors are responsible for assessing student nurses’ skills and abilities in the clinical area (NMC 2008). The NMC (2008) define competency as ‘the skills and abilities to practise safely and effectively without the need for direct supervision.’ Rutkowski (2007) suggests although assessment of clinical competency may appear an easy task; it is often a complex process. Dolan (2003) argues assessment of clinical competency is subjective as it is based on direct observations made by a mentor involving value judgements which can vary