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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.

The Mentor as Facilitator and Teacher
The mentor as facilitator and teacher
Introduction

The terms ‘facilitator’ and ‘teacher’ are both used in the nursing literature, often interchangeably. ‘Teaching’ is defined as enabling or causing a person to … by instruction or training (Oxford English Dictionary 2010). A dictionary definition of the verb ‘to facilitate’ identifies the activities ‘to make easy, to promote’ and to ‘help forward’.

In this book, we adopt ‘facilitator’ in the main, in keeping with the NMC's term to describe all those activities the mentor undertakes to support learning, including teaching (NMC, 2008). Facilitation is a student-centred teaching approach with emphasis on self-direction and previous experience which aims to develop critical thinking and is appropriate for the adult learner (Lambert and Glacken, 2005).

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