Opinion, analysis and debate
The mentor role has been pivotal in practice learning for nursing and midwifery since the 1980s. Many registrants have been mentored as students and then gone on to become mentors. Some, like me, have made mentorship an area of expertise, supporting many mentors to facilitate students’ learning and assess them.
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As an academic teaching undergraduate nursing students, the levels of stress that they are often placed under does cause huge concern.
The Open University recently published a report on barriers to entry to nursing. Although this highlighted a number of factors identified by prospective students, it was the suggestion that university entry requirements act as a significant blocker which seems to have attracted the most attention.
We know that mentors find the assessment of healthcare students difficult. With limited time to perform the role and balancing this against the ever-increasing demands and workload, it can feel like one responsibility too many for busy nurses.
Last week, I was delighted to attend the inaugural National Student Nurse Congress organised by Nikki Yun, an intensive care staff nurse from St George’s University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
Sometimes I go for a walk in the local cemetery. I like to wander round looking at old headstones and wondering about the lives of the dead. I’m often drawn to a small one in the middle of a patch of grass that simply has a name, an age, 8, and a date, 1934. Immediately sad isn’t it? Compounded by the fact that the grave was all on its own.
This month’s issue of Nursing Times focuses on learning disabilities, both from the perspective of general nurses caring for people affected by a learning disability and that of nurses working in the specialty itself.
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Since the removal of the NHS nursing bursary in England in 2016, applications to nursing courses have fallen by 38%.
Two years ago I decided to step out of my comfort zone and become one of the first nursing associates in the country.
Today, the Nursing and Midwifery Council opens its register to nursing associates (NAs).