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Mentoring in Nursing and Healthcare: A Practical Approach

ISBN: 978-1-4443-3654-2
280 pages
April 2012, Wiley-Blackwell
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Mentoring in Nursing and Healthcare is a practical, interactive resource that promotes active participation and enhances a deeper level of understanding of mentorship. It explores what is meant by the process of mentoring, addresses what a mentor is, what the role entails, and gives practical help on teaching and assessing students in clinical practice. Written primarily for mentors, this book offers a range of theoretical and practical activities and resources that are enhanced by online learning resources.

Each chapter focuses on a different aspect of mentorship, including:

  • The role of mentorship
  • The mentor-student relationship
  • The mentor as teacher
  • Experiential learning and reflective practice
  • Learning styles and teaching theories
  • The mentor as assessor
  • Competence and capability
  • Health improvement
  • Career development

A core text for mentor preparation and mentor update courses in nursing and allied health, Mentoring in Nursing and Healthcare is an essential guide that supports learning and ongoing professional development.

Key Features:

  • Includes not only the latest and most up-to-date NMC standards, but also the Health and Care Professions Council's standards of proficiency
  • Accessible and practice-oriented, with case studies, reflective exercises and activities throughout
  • Has a strong focus on assessment skills
  • Supported by interactive online resources that include test-yourself questions, multiple choice questions, web-links, PowerPoint slides, case studies, and activities at www.wiley.com/go/mentoring 
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About the editors xi

List of contributors xii

Preface xiii

Acknowledgements xiv

Chapter 1 Mentorship 1
Kate Kilgallon

Introduction 1

Mentoring and mentorship 2

Why do students need a mentor? 5

What should a mentor do? 8

Mentorship and coaching 16

Education support roles and functions 22

Summary 24

Chapter 2 The mentor–student relationship 26
Kate Kilgallon

Introduction 26

Policies for mentoring 27

Initiating the mentor–student relationship 28

Stages of the mentor–student relationship 31

Establishing a mentor–student relationship 34

Mentoring students through transitions 37

Difficulties establishing an effective mentor–student relationship 39

What do students find difficult? 41

Enabling learning 43

Disabling learning 45

Other factors that may affect the companion stage of the mentor–student relationship 46

Summary 52

Chapter 3 The mentor as teacher 54
Janet Thompson with contributions from Linda Kenward

Introduction 54

Defining teaching 55

Constructivism versus objectivism 66

Andragogy versus pedagogy 67

Factors affecting learning 74

The learning environment 74

Summary 78

Chapter 4 Experiential learning and reflective practice 81
Kate Kilgallon

Introduction 81

Learning through practice 82

A model for learning through experience 84

What is reflection? 89

The reflective process 91

Reflective practice 92

Knowledge used in practice 94

The components of reflective practice 98

Frameworks for reflection 98

What is reflexivity? 102

Why bother with reflection? 104

Critical incidents 105

Legitimising reflection 107

Summary 107

Chapter 5 Learning styles and teaching theories 110
Kate Kilgallon and Janet Thompson with contributions from Phil Race

Introduction 110

Personality traits 111

Self-awareness 113

Learning styles 118

Learning theories 125

How can mentors underpin successful learning? 127

Communication in a healthcare setting 129

Approaches to learning 131

Summary 139

Chapter 6 The mentor as assessor 142
Janet Thompson with contributions from Linda Kenward and Anthea Wilson

Introduction 142

Why assess? 143

The mentor as assessor 144

Learning environment and audit 146

Educational audit 151

Coercion in mentoring 152

Types of assessment 153

Assessing competence 158

Reasonable adjustments 161

Failing a student: putting in the effort but feeling guilty 164

Summary 165

Chapter 7 Competence and capability: a framework for collaborative learning and working 168
Frances Gordon and Hilary Pengelly with contributions from Janet Thompson

Introduction 168

Competence and capability 169

Interprofessional education and practice 174

The Interprofessional Capability Framework 176

An analysis of the practice utility of interprofessional capability in the context of child safeguarding or protection 177

Summary 189

Chapter 8 Mentoring – health improvement 194
Janet Thompson with contributions from Linda Kenward

Introduction 194

Health improvement 195

Health improvement policies 196

Partnership working 198

Empowerment 203

Portraying or enactment of the health promoter role 206

Health inequalities 207

Ethical considerations 209

Education and practice gap 211

Summary 213

Chapter 9 Career development 216
Janet Thompson with contributions from Linda Kenward

Introduction 216

Pre-registration career pathways 217

Career entry routes 219

Generic frameworks and policies for career progression 221

Career planning or happy accident? 225

Diversity of roles 228

Using your mentoring skills to further your career 233

Where would you like to see your career in the future? 237

Summary 237

Chapter 10 Some final points 239
Janet Thompson with contributions from Dorothy Adam and Leigh Kenward

Introduction 239

Response to scenario 10.1 240

Response to scenario 10.2 241

Response to scenario 10.3 241

Response to scenario 10.4 242

Response to scenario 10.5 243

Response to scenario 10.6 243

Reflection on scenario 10.7 244

Reflection on scenario 10.8 245

Response to scenario 10.9 246

Response to scenario 10.10 247

Response to scenario 10.11 248

Reflection on scenario 10.12 249

Reflection on scenario 10.13 250

Reflection on scenario 10.14 251

Reflection on scenario 10.15 252

Response to scenario 10.16 252

Response to scenario 10.17 253

Response to scenario 10.18 254

Response to scenario 10.19 255

Summary 255

Index 257

Companion website

This book is accompanied by a companion website: www.wiley.com/go/mentoring

The website includes:

• Pre-test interactive multiple choice questions

• Post-test interactive multiple choice questions

• Case studies

• Web links

• Powerpoint presentations

• Other resources

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“This practical guide will enhance a deep level of understanding and knowledge of mentorship.  It is an invaluable resource on mentorship in nursing and health care.”  (Nursing Standard, 3 October 2012)

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