Reflection Of Being A Develod Nurse As A Mentored Nurse
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I was qualified as trained nurse about 10 years ago. I have been working in pediatrics ward, outpatient department and lastly in the operating theatre (OT). Currently, I am working in Obstetrics and Gynecology (O&G) ward after getting midwifery courses. As one of the senior trained staff nurse with midwifery, one of my responsibilities to orientated and guided new trained nurses who are posted into our unit. Mentoring is a complex term but as in health profession, it is a voluntary professional relationship between a mentor and mentee. The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC 2008a), defines “the role of a mentor as someone who facilitates learning, supervises and assesses learners in practice setting”. In this study, I am agreeing to be a mentor of a new staff member called Sandra (this is pseudonym). Sandra is a newly qualified for midwifery course posted in our unit (Appendix 1) and it is my responsibilities to educate her in the learning process and until she develops to be mature and confident enough to adapt and practice her knowledge in our clinical area. After we had an agreement, a learning contract is negotiated and signed (Appendix 2) with clear purpose and expectation. During this mentoring process I will be guided Sandra in abdominal palpation in pregnancy and the importance of it.
2.0 IDENTIFYING LEARNING NEEDS, PLANNING AND MANAGING STUDENT EXPERIENCE
Learning is the heart of mentoring process and it is important to both of