‘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.
Chapter 4: The Mentor as Assessor
The Mentor as Assessor
The assessment of competence in pre-registration nursing courses has been the subject of intense debate and, for some aspects, argument across the world for decades (Cowan et al., 2005; Cassidy, 2009). In the UK, the primary themes of concern of relevance here include the optimum methods/tools for assessing competence and how to maximise the consistency (reliability) and accuracy (validity) of the assessment of competence; closely linked to the latter, the number of students who pass clinical placements whose practice is incompetent is also a major concern (Duffy, 2003; Gainsbury, 2010; Luhanga et al., 2008).
Strengthening the curriculum requirements in relation to essential skills at the point of registration, enhancing the mentoring process as well as the quality of ...