5 Empowering professionalism within the learning environment
It is well documented that students adapt to new clinical environments in different ways, with some adjusting more quickly than others (Ousey, 2009; Anderson, 2011; Brugnolli et al., 2011). Professional socialisation is the process by which the individual learns the culture of the profession (Dent and Whitehead, 2002) and involves changes to that individual’s own values, norms and behaviours to align with those ‘expected’ from the profession. There is much literature concerning professional identity and suggested reading materials are listed at the end of this session if you would like to learn more about this area.
Activity 5 Exploring values of nursing
Watch the following video from YouTube, produced by the Royal College of Nursing. Please note there is no dialogue in this video, just a music soundtrack.
- How do you feel this promotes the profession and values of nursing, and how does it differ from your own views or values of nursing?
- If you are able to, ask a colleague to watch this video and compare viewpoints.
The video brings into question the variance of individuals’ values system. It may have espoused a different set of ideas and views to those that you hold (or your colleague, if this has been possible), or it may replicate your values on what nursing is.
As a mentor, you have a responsibility to act as a role model for the nursing profession and play a key part in the professional socialising of the student. The learning experiences that a student receives within each practice environment will affect how they develop and progress as a student to registered nurse, and will help shape their future careers. Instilling values of respect, care, compassion and dignity is fundamental to nursing, so students need to see and experience these values from their mentor and other staff within the practice learning environment in order to mirror these when planning and delivering their own episodes of care.