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‘Essential reading for all aspiring and new mentors. This book is easy to read and applies the NMC standards, the six C's and the Essential Skills Clusters to mentoring.’ Nikki Welyczko, Senior Lecturer, De Montfort University ‘This useful and contemporary book will support mentors in their day-to-day work.’ Anneyce Knight, Senior Lecturer, Southampton Solent University This practical text guides you through the process of mentoring a student nurse in practice from the first day that they arrive on their placement. It is packed with learning features to develop your knowledge, including: · Case studies describing everyday and challenging situations you may encounter with advice on how to tackle them. The case studies cover all fields of nursing. · Activities to question your assumptions and help you reflect on your practice. · Checklists of things to remember and resources you need. · Tips for best practice. Topics covered in the six straightforward, concise and clear chapters include assessment, the role of the sign-off mentor and team-working. The Nurse Mentor's Companion is valuable reading for all nurses taking mentoring courses and for qualified mentors who want to update their knowledge. Kimberley Craig is a Senior Lecturer at Coventry University. Barbara Smith is an experienced nurse and has recently retired from her role as a Lecturer at Coventry University.

Working with Student Nurses
Working with student nurses
Introduction

The relationship between mentor and student nurse is fundamental to the effectiveness of all practice placement. Students rate emotional and psychological factors highly in their judgements about what constitutes an effective placement (Wilkes, 2006). Creating an effective environment for placement learning is a major role of the mentor and their contribution to the development of the next generation of nurses cannot be overestimated.

This chapter will cover:

  • Supporting your student nurse to integrate into the practice setting
  • Belongingness and resilience
  • Supporting students with disabilities
  • Facilitating the student nurse's transition into the practice setting
  • Expectations and professional boundaries
  • Interprofessional working relationships
  • Common challenges for mentors

Attrition, or loss of students before completion of nurse education, is a long-standing problem in the United Kingdom (Dearey et al., 2003). ...

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