NMC-approved mentorship programme
Although mentorship is a universal concept that is applied to support the growth and development of others, the authors of this course are all from nursing backgrounds. They have drawn from their own experiences and insight in health care practice to illustrate and encourage learning through the activities that you will explore. If you are from a non-nursing background, the content remains relevant, but you will need to consider examples that draw out learning relevant to your own expertise.
Some of the content of this course focuses on the NMC standards for mentorship. This could constrain learning to UK practices, as the NMC standards only apply to the four nations of the UK and not further afield. However, by applying the standards we have provided a simple framework for exploring mentorship. In reality, you could insert any other professional framework that defines expectations on mentorship. Use this learning opportunity to think broadly and creatively – after all, you will be seeking to effectively support and guide others.
Throughout this course you will find mentorship programme boxes. These have been designed for inclusion specifically for learners who are accessing and studying this course as part of The Open University’s NMC mentorship preparation programme, KG006 Facilitating learning in practice: mentorship portfolio assessment. If you are not participating in this mentorship programme you do not need to read these boxes.
If you are, please read on …
If you are participating in the NMC mentorship programme, you should have already registered, or be preparing to register, on KG006 Facilitating learning in practice: mentorship portfolio assessment. KG006 requires you to build a body of evidence within a portfolio to demonstrate that you have achieved mentoring competencies. You are advised to consider using the learning activities included in these studies in your portfolio as sources of evidence to demonstrate achievement against NMC-required mentor competencies (see your portfolio).
A number of activities suggest that you develop an action plan as part of your personal development. If you go to the resource website for KG006 you will find under the tab ‘Resources and forums’ a template of an action plan that you can download and use as you develop your range of mentorship skills. Try to keep your action plan live and dynamic so that it becomes a tool that enables you to identify your development needs. Negotiate support and guidance with others and use the action plan regularly so that you can monitor your progress as you develop your mentoring skills.
From the forum on the KG006 website you will have access to guidance and support where you will be able to query issues relating to mentorship practices, obtain further information and references that are helpful to mentorship development, and find information as to how you might escalate concerns related to any poor practice you see as a learner. These are all part of your professional responsibilities as a registered nurse.
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