Nursing Mentorship Critical Reflection Essay

2791 Words Jun 23rd, 2012 12 Pages
The Nursing and Midwifery council (NMC) standards of proficiency for pre-registration nursing education (2010) sets out exactly what student nurses must achieve to enable registration onto the first part of the register. Another NMC publication; Standards to support learning and assessment in practice (2006) lays out what a post registration nurse requires to fulfil in order to formally assess student nurses. These two sets of standards make it clear what is expected of both students and mentors when learning in the clinical environment. This makes the process of mentoring sound simple, however, the reality of working on a busy ward coupled with staffing shortages and low morale makes this a complex and challenging task (Ref). As a …show more content…
The initial ‘interview’, however, descended into a chat more than an interview. Although I got all the information across that was required, I believe if the interview was structured in a more professional manner, then it would have set the tone for my expectations of the learner (Gill and Burnard 2008). Instead I may have portrayed too much of a ‘mate’ type approach in fear that the relationship would suffer irreparable damage due to a bad first meeting. Clutterbuck (2004) suggests that the first two meetings between people are key if the relationship is to develop ‘depth of trust and mutual confidence’ in one another. On reflection I think the benefits of my approach to the initial meeting were that the student felt more at ease with me, however, by coming across almost facetious initially this could have had implications further down the line had the situation arose were I needed to discipline the student. I believe this situation occurred due to my own personality and nature taking control of the interview instead of my professional character. Now that I know how important introductions are with students and mentors I will plan more in advance and prepare myself to behave in such a way that promotes both a professional and personal

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