Essay on Mentoring a Third Year Student Nurse

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For this assignment I will address Morton- Cooper & Palmer (2005) enabling traits and discussed the core skill of a mentor. I will analyse and reflect on how I’ve utilised these skill with a third year student nurse in my practice area (cardiology) I will also reflect and evaluate my mentoring experience with my learner to see if there is any area of improvement or changes to be amended.

The Department for Health (2001) defined a mentor as an individual who facilitates learning and supervises and assesses students in the practice setting.
As mentors, they make time for there students, checked student performance, set boundaries for the shift, knew what students were learning, explain what they were doing, asked questions and
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According to Stuart (2007) members of a multidisciplinary team make up the team even though they are not as visible as nurses and midwives in the clinical area. Their attitude towards learning and students will also greatly influence the learning environment.

The clinical learning environment should be safe and secure for students to learn effectively. Working in a cardiac ward is very busy and challenging. The Clinical environment is unpredictable, patient condition changes so quickly they can easily arrest or go into failure. As a mentor, one has to be observant and alert, sometimes student find it difficult to work in this area. With regular practice and encouragement my student was able to enjoy her placement. I discussed the health and safety procedure with my student, shown her all the fire exits, the meeting points for all staff and patient’s in case of fire. I demonstrated to her how to use the emergency alarms and the telephone codes in case of emergency. I gave my student the copy of the trust’s policy regarding Health and Safety ward hand book. Clinical learning environment should be conducive to learning and professional development; students should feel safe and be aware of their own safety at all times whilst on the ward. This is one of the characteristics of an effective mentor (confidence) as this was successfully achieved with no complications. It enables my
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