5 Regulatory requirements for mentors keeping records
The NMC’s Standards to Support Learning and Assessment in Practice (2008) states that nurse mentors must keep sufficient records to support and justify their decisions on whether a student is competent or not. Keeping accurate records and ensuring that due assessment processes have been followed when mentoring is crucial. Mentors are therefore accountable for their actions.
Activity 6 Assessment regulations
This activity is divided into three sections. You need to access the documentation on assessment regulations for a programme of study that either you or a colleague may have studied:
- Familiarise yourself with the documentation and the process that a student would need to follow.
- Identify the strengths and limitations of the information reviewed.
- What are your areas of personal learning that you wish to explore before supporting a student independently using this information?
Write your responses to the three prompts above, identify your new areas for development and ensure that you document these. Pay particular attention to the way that student records are managed by the mentor.
Mentors need to familiarise themselves with students’ documentation and assessment regulations, and must keep accurate records to support and justify their decisions on whether a student is competent. They need to demonstrate that they have provided regular feedback and kept a record of this while mentoring students (Walsh, 2014). They can then make valid assessments on whether a student is competent or not. In practice, the consequences of not failing students are that we fail in our duty of care to protect the safety of those whom we serve.
If you are studying this as part of an NMC mentor preparation programme, discuss your observations with your supervisor and use this as evidence in your portfolio.