Week 5: Practice environment
In Weeks 3 and 4 you learnt about your role as a mentor in facilitating teaching and learning, and the importance of building effective relationships with both colleagues and students in this process. This week you will be looking more specifically at how your role in facilitating learning relates to the practice environment. You will be able to explore your own perceptions of the learning environment and complete activities that encourage you to develop your knowledge and insight of a range of interventions that you could utilise to support learning in practice.
Here’s Fiona Dobson introducing Week 5.
Welcome to Week 5. You’ll probably very familiar with your own practice environment and confident in the knowledge, processes, skills and competencies needed to deliver safe and effective care. However, as a mentor you need to consistently reflect on how you might best improve the learning opportunities for your students.
Experienced practitioners often take for granted the skills needed for safe and effective care delivery and fail to see the things that students might find difficult or challenging. The capacity of mentors to see the familiar in the unfamiliar is therefore a key priority.
Nurses refer to the clinical or practice environment but as a mentor you need to think about this as the learning environment. Anywhere where a care intervention takes place can provide learning opportunities.
By the end of this week’s learning you should be able to identify the learning opportunities that are available in your own area of practice. And to facilitate the learning strategies that enable the integration of theory to practice. You’ll also have the opportunity to reflect on your own experiences as a mentor.
If you are completing this session as part of a Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) mentor preparation programme, the materials and activities relate to the following NMC domains:
- Facilitation of learning
- Creating an environment for learning
- Context of practice
- Evidence-based practice.
Evidence of completion of the learning activities included in this session must be included within your practice portfolio.
After this week you should be able to:
- develop an awareness of your own perceptions and expectations of a learning environment
- identify interventions to support learning in practice
- explore ways of planning activities to meet learners’ needs
- appreciate the importance of professional socialisation.