Source: East Cheshire NHS Trust, Macclesfield, Cheshire
As nurses, we are expected to demonstrate the linking of theory to practice, undertake continuous assessment and to facilitate reflective practice. Literature suggests that the majority of mentors feel unprepared for the role and lack confidence in their ability to support students (Duffy, 2004). The main challenges facing mentors are understanding the needs of each individual and adapting and developing strategies in order to support them effectively. Whilst there is a major cognitive / intellectual component to mentorship both student and mentor often experience difficulties with these aspects of their roles (Moseley and Davies, 2008). By recognizing the need to gain insight into the students individual needs mentors will be able to identify any concerns and develop action plans in order to alleviate them.
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