As students we look to our peers and their attitudes and values are very important to the rest of our lives in practice.
These mentors are, in my opinion, vital to the ongoing delivery of first class care in nursing and as such should indeed be recognised, supported and funded to do their job. Mentoring of students is either important or it is not, I feel sometimes we are an inconvenience in what is a very busy workplace filled with very vital care delivery requirements. Personally speaking I choose always to take the positive aspects from my experiences with my mentors, who have been themselfs first class nurses without exception.
My point is I welcome this research very much and hope that more emphasis and importance can be given to the role of mentors in the front line care environment, that is that they would be protected to do their job.
I am and will be a product of my experiences, nature and nurture, an elderly lady once said to me "if things don't alter they will stop as they are" shame really.
Ian Grainger, Stoke on Trent.
Your cynicism amazes me! There seem to be lots of nurses who would benefit directly from being honest about how they feel and the challenges they face day to day. We are not all Iron Man you know.
Comment on: Mature students, older or wiser?
My name is Ian I am doing adult nursing at Staffordshire University.
I feel that I am the maturest of the mature students my oldest grandson is 16. Sometimes I am afraid about being equal to the task of study in 2013 and beyond and the academic standard that is required of me.
Although I have experience in practice having worked as a nursing assistant for some years I have been a prison officer, and a minister of religion, I am a father a grandfather and a husband of 33 years. I still am humbled by the subjects we study at University and the scope and depth of the information we consider together each day.
I realise I am so fortunate to have this opportunity to come into education having largely missed it the first time around and I am more fortunate to be able to spend some quality time with our service users on placement.
The second year, wow, I wonder if I will make it but you know for me it is not the destination it's the journey.
I would encourage all you mature students I think we can make a difference, for the better, we may not be as quick or as good looking but we can care we can empathise we do have some knowledge, "go for it".