3 Skills acquisition
In the acquisition of any skill, a major focus must be on the reliability of the performance. For nursing this has to be at levels defined by the Essential Skills Clusters detailed as Annex 3 in the NMC (2010) Standards for pre-registration nursing education.
If you are completing this session as part of an NMC mentor preparation programme, you will need to be familiar with the skill levels expected of students at various points in their development, as detailed by Annex 3: Essential Skill Clusters., paying particular attention as to how the skills become more complex as the student moves through Progression Points of their pre-registration nursing programme.
The need to ensure that skills are practised reliably is particularly true as you support and assess students. Atherton (2013a) argues that any student can get it right occasionally – this is seen as beginner’s luck – but what counts must be the consistency of their practices, with progress of learning assessed against this consistency.