Essay about Mentorship: Nursing and Samantha

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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. …show more content…
Therefore this implies to teach the student effectively the mentor needs to ensure the student is relaxed and at ease with the current situation.
Psychologists studying behaviour believe the environment is fundamental to learning (Hand 2006). Hinchliff (1999) demonstrates a variety of factors including the environment can affect learning. Price (2004) states it is the responsibility of the clinical practice staff to create and develop an environment which is conducive to learning. Dunn et al (2000) define a learning environment as a network of forces within the clinical setting influencing the student’s clinical learning outcomes. This suggests the clinical environment should be constantly monitored to ensure it provides appropriate support and experience for learners. Ali and Panther (2008) argue a good learning environment encourages students to ask questions and clarify information to avoid misconceptions. In relation to Samantha the author asked if she had any questions or queries following each assessment or intervention. In relation to the learning environment Price (2004) advocates conducting a strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats analysis to evaluate the learning environment (see appendix b).
The author considers the environment of A&E to be an excellent area for students to spend time in due to the variety of patients and clinical conditions. Price (2004) feels the

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