Demonstrating your competence
The following activity is an opportunity to start to think about how to demonstrate to others your competence in all the outcomes and competencies required of the mentoring role.
Activity 4 Competence and outcomes of a mentor
Table 4 contains published information located in Section 2.1.2 of the NMC (2008) document Standards to Support Learning and Assessment in Practice, entitled ‘Competence and outcomes for a mentor’.
In this table you will find the eight domains and related outcomes and competencies defined by the NMC that practitioners need to demonstrate if they are seeking to take on the mentoring of pre-registration nursing students.
Table 4 Competence and outcomes for a mentor (NMC, 2008)
|Domains||Competence and outcomes required of a mentor|
|Establishing effective working relationships||
|Facilitation of learning||
|Assessment and accountability||
|Evaluation of learning||
|Creating an environment for learning||
|Context of practice||
Select one domain (for example ‘Creating an environment for learning’) that has four associated outcomes/competencies. Next, consider what evidence you could provide – such as certificated learning, summary accounts of service-user interventions, testimonies, presentations, project work, observation or other sources – that allows you to demonstrate competence in each.
Make notes of your suggestions, remembering that any outcome/competence may require more than one source of evidence. Additionally, capture the rationale for why you are making these choices.
For the purpose of this week’s study, this activity is time-limited. At this stage you have only considered one of eight domains and the evidence sources selected would be unique to you given your practice, your probable interdisciplinary ethos, and the students and service users you interact with that provide unique opportunities for learning.
If you are using this study as part of an NMC mentorship preparation programme and have registered on to KG006 Facilitating learning in practice: mentorship portfolio assessment, you will need to consider not one, but all eight domains. Here are a few suggestions to consider that might help you to determine and manage your sources of learning and evidence:
- Remember that some sources of evidence could be used against more than one outcome/competency. This is especially true if you are reflecting on and writing up interventions with service users in the form of a critical incident technique, for example.
- Remember that it is sometimes necessary to use more than one evidence source to confirm your competence.
- Keep your evidence current and get yourself into the habit of regularly reviewing what you have learnt and participated in that could be used as evidence sources.
As you consider each domain – and this will be a necessary activity as you consider your KG006 portfolio – remember to negotiate protected learning time for this practice-focused activity.
Well done! You have completed the last of the activities in this week’s study before the weekly quiz.