Student Mentor Reflection

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INTRODUCTION During this reflective essay I will discuss my role, responsibility and accountability as the student’s mentor. Hamill (1999) considers the use of first person to be suitable when writing on personal reflection. In accordance with the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (2015) guidelines relating to confidentiality, the mentored students will be named Sam and Jane. The essay will also reflect on approaches that I have used to support and facilitate the students to achieve specified learning outcomes. According to Lanser (2000) the crucial goal of mentorship is for an individual to contribute to the professional development of another. A mentor should offer ongoing support and development opportunities to the student offering guidance,…show more content…
I used this to my advantage by considering about learning opportunities within my practice area. The best placement experiences I had when I was a student was when my ‘mentor’ (a willing registered nurse) was well prepared and knowledgeable, that would enhance my learning. A self-assessment exercise was used to examine my strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats to mentoring (see Appendix 1). Mentors use the results to identify priorities for action (Price, 2004). The main aim of SWOT analyses is to empower mentors by focusing on strengths as a motivational…show more content…
use technology to enhance the teaching-learning process. The benefit of being a mentor is that I could work together with Sam and Jane on a one to one basis and have time to establish a good relationship. In addition, I also could get an insight into their personality as well as any concerns they had about the placement. Although it was good to achieve a good rapport with my students Wilkes (2006) advised caution during the social development of the relationship as the professional boundaries need to be clear. Getting involved with Sam and Jane socially or emotionally outside of work could have influence on my integrity when performing their assessment. Sam and Jane had not worked in a medical placement before therefore we began with a discussion to identify their concerns and what they expected to learn from a medical setting. We also discussed what I expect from them as students and what they expect from me as their mentor (Royal College of Nursing, 2009). During the initial days I also established the students level of knowledge and expectations. I had noticed that Sam lacked confidence. In order to help Sam I felt that by acting as an advocate I would encourage confidence and self-esteem. During my time with Sam alone it was essential that both us recognised where she lacked confidence. Doing so early as possible interventions can be initiated within the ward to achieve the required competences (Gray and Smith, 2000). At the end most of the domains were achieved well
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