Assessment Accountability in Mentorship

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Assessment and Accountability in Mentorship Introduction A mentor is according to the Nursing and Midwifery Council a Nurse or Midwife that is responsible and accountable for facilitating learning, assessing performance and producing evidence of achievement or non- achievement of students in practice (NMC 2006). As the main aim in its Code (NMC 2008) is to protect the health of the public and the delivery of high quality care the mentors are established as “gate-keepers” to the professional register. To be able to carry out this task, the NMC further indentifies eight key skills in its' Standards that a nurse needs to develop in order to become a mentor and support learning and assessment in practice. This assignment aims to explain the terms of assessment and accountability as applicable to a Nurse mentor on the example of two first year adult branch nursing students in a Dermatology department. Main Body The clinical environment with its potentially unpleasant new experiences can have a big impact on a student (White and Ewan 1991cited in Stuart 2007). The relationship between mentor and student are very important to the learning experience (Davidson 2005). It is important for the mentor to introduce and orientate the students to the placement environment, explain emergency procedure according to local policy and integrate them into the team of staff within the first 24 hours (RNC 2007). In the case of the students used as an example here an initial introduction to the department and its procedures and key members were held within the first 24 and the initial Interviews within the first 48 hours. The goal of the initial interview is to determine the learning needs of the student while encouraging self-directed learning and achievable goal setting following the principles of Andragogy (Knowles 1990). Both students' agreed learning goals were documented in the

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