The purpose of this essay is to examine the role of a mentor and some of the challenges faced. Initially it will look at how I plan to develop myself as a student mentor. Finally it will reflect on an assessment and teaching session I carried out in my practice area. At present, I am doing the specialist practitioner qualification (SPQ) course in District nursing. This specialist course consists of 50% theory and 50% practical which must all be passed to be successful. The theory aspect is taught at the University and the practical part takes place in clinical environment.
Nursing is a vocation which involves using clinical judgement in the provision of care in order to help people cope with their disease condition and to live a good quality life (Royal College of Nursing (RCN, 2003). Nursing involves lifelong learning and nurses have a duty to teach and facilitate learning in clinical environment Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC 2008b). Unlike the theory which takes place at the university, facilitating learning by nurses takes place in practice. For students to acquire clinical skills, knowledge and consolidate the theory the learnt in the university, spending time in practice is crucial and inevitable.
I chose to do mentorship because NMC (2008b) stated that every qualified nurse or midwife has a duty to teach or facilitate learning in practice area. All information that will divulge confidentiality has been withheld according to NMC (2008).
Role of a mentor
According to Stuart (2007) the term mentor is defined as a clinical practitioner who supports, guides, supervises and facilitates learning in a clinical environment. From the above definition, it is obvious that my role as a mentor is to facilitate learning, and to help the student develop and fulfil their duties in practice environment. A mentor helps the student to settle and feel accepted within the nursing team which aids learning. As nursing is primarily a competence based...