During this week you have been introduced to a range of strategies and developed knowledge and skills in recognising a student who may be failing or has failed their final placement experience. A majority of students achieve their competences in practice; however, there are a few whose performance requires support and guidance in meeting the required standard. If they fail to reach that standard, then the student may be failed. Making valid assessments of student competence is challenging but essential, as you are accountable to the NMC for the judgements you make when mentoring learners in practice. Failure to do so can put your service users’ lives at risk.
Next week you draw on your learning from the previous seven weeks, which should shape your thinking and understanding of mentorship as a concept and as a future role in which you will develop and foster the learning and development in others. The activities in the final week of learning will provide opportunities for you to consider potential challenges and support strategies, and to identify development needs.
You can now go to Week 8.