Reflection on Mentorship Practice Essay

2054 Words Mar 29th, 2011 9 Pages
A critical reflective account on mentoring and assessing a stu dent in clinical practice

The aim of this assignment is to critically reflect on the experience of mentoring and assessing a student in clinical practice. For the purpose of this reflection the Gibbs reflective cycle (1988) will be used. The discussion of the role of the mentor and the effect it can have on the mentor/student relationship will be explored. In turn evaluating the learning environment and moving onto learning and teaching strategies used, reflecting on how they were applied to help the student. Lastly the evaluation of overall performance as a mentor. For the purpose of this work the student will be referred to as ‘A’ to maintain confidentiality and no other
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One potential barrier in creating an effective learning experience is the personal attributes of the mentor. Although there are guidelines from the Nursing and Midwifery Council (2006) to support the role of the mentor, there are no rigid rules about how mentors teach in the clinical environment. Therefore the success of teaching relies on the personal enthusiasm of the individual mentor (Cardwell, Corkin, 2007). This is a true statement in that it can be seen in clinical environment that many mentors are reluctant to take students. This may be due to time constraints, work load or even that they themselves did not choose to undertake the mentorship programme but were required to by management. This is supported by Mills et al (2005) who state that the high level of commitment by the mentor required for effective learning to take place can sometimes create a challenge that can potentially be a barrier to learning.

‘A’ had expressed in his learning outcomes that he would like to look at care planning, wound care and multidisciplinary working. Learning outcomes help to ensure that both mentor and student take an active role in the learning that occurs (Quinn, 2000). On working with ‘A’ for a few days and after building up a relationship with him it was important to identify ‘A’ ‘s learning style. It is important to identify a learner’s style so that material can be adapted to facilitate effective learning

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