The Importance Of Mentorship

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Introduction
“Mentoring is an important role that every nurse has to assume, formally or informally, sooner or later in their professional life”. (Ali,Pa &Parther,W, 2008)
While considering mentorship as a way of progression in the profession, it is important for the nurse to think critically and objectively about what the role entails. Nurses who are considering becoming involved in student supervision and mentorship in any clinical setting should have knowledge of the importance of mentorship, its process and basic principles.
Which brings me to the purpose of this assignment. It is to critically analyse and reflect upon an innovative approach to learn in the clinical environment.
One of the topics in which I have chosen to teach a student
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Demonstrate the enabling learners to integrate theory and practice.
3. Critically evaluate a range of learning theories and teaching strategies to facilitate the integration of theory and practice.
Discussion
The lesson plan was developed in order to assess the students’ knowledge and develop her skills in the area of wound care. As per the department of health/natural board, “Mentorship is a role undertaken to facilitate supervise and assess students in the practice setting”.
As stated by Anderson, L (2009), to provide learning and positive educational outcomes, the mentor should determine their own teaching and learning styles and they should incorporate a combination of different learning styles.
The lesson plan is aimed towards many learning theories to suit a range of learning styles. Which brings me to the view of Keefe, J.W (1979), “Learning styles are characteristic, cognitive, affective and physiological behaviours that serve as relatively stable indicators of how learners perceive, interacting with the environment.
The lesson plan is detailed out into two study sessions. Student learning will be optimized if the majority of the learning experiences are planned. (Wigens,
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The student chose the dressings correctly and explained the reasons why she selected those dressings with the evidence that I portrayed in my presentation. I was happy that she integrated the theory really well into that practice activity. Simulation for me was an important way to learn a skill when I was training and I believe it showed how theory could be integrated into practice. As discussed by Hope. A, Garside. J and Prescott. S (2011), Simulation is the promotion of understanding through ‘doing’, adopting aspects of the behaviourist theory and using experiential learning techniques. Quinn, (2001) refers to behaviourism as a learning that occurs when a student forms links between a stimulus and response and integrates it in practice. Weil and McGill (1989) have said that students learn best when they are actively engaged. Boydell and Burnard (1993) believe experiential learning is thought of as learning by doing. When it comes to learning a skill, experiential learning can be beneficial. This shows in the successful selection of the dressings suitable to the wounds I gave her to assess. Which proves that simulation provides an intense learning experience allowing space for the student or facilitator to apply the theory to practice. (Prescott and Garside, 2009). We finished up the study session with the poster from the beginning and the student labelled it successfully. I asked the student to go and reflect and

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