1 Themes of nursing mentoring
It is useful to begin this section by considering how mentoring nursing students in practice placements has evolved. Jokelainen et al. (2010) provided a systematic review of the concept of mentorship in ensuring quality of placement learning, which you may wish to consider in relation to your own area of practice. Two themes emerged from Jokelainen et al.’s systematic review (p. 2854):
- ‘Facilitating nursing students’ learning by creating supportive learning environments and enabling students’ individual learning processes.’
- ‘Strengthening students’ professionalism by empowering the development of their professional attributes and identities, and enhancing attainment of students’ professional competence in nursing.’
These themes will be considered in the following materials and activities.
The Willis Commission (2012) identified that the quality of practice learning experiences for students need to be reviewed urgently, with motivated and knowledgeable mentors seen as having a key role in enhancing the student experience in relating theory to practice. The role of mentor in optimising learning opportunities within the practice environment is fundamental to the student learning journey and should be seen as a central responsibility in shaping the future nursing workforce.
The further reading section provides suggestions for other articles that you may wish to investigate at the end of this week’s module if you have access library facilities. There are many other useful reading materials available within both public and healthcare library facilities, and some may be accessible via the internet to inform your learning.