Title: Successful Mentoring In Nursing, second edition
Authors: Liz Aston and Paula Hallam
Publisher: Sage Publishing
Reviewer: Jane Brown, patient safety advisor, Worcestershire Acute NHS Trust
What was it like?
This is a well thought through guide for a nurse mentor as a novice or requiring a refresher.
The authors have researched this subject well and make no assumptions on the reader by staring at the beginning and defining what a mentor is and what constitutes a good learning environment. This book allows the reader to either use the whole book as a guide or to be able to select a specific subject or chapter to focus on.
Mentoring can be either a good experience for the student or not so good, and for mentors being guided through this well written book will instil confidence and enthusiasm for life long learning.
What were the highlights?
This book is so easy to follow and is well set out and makes good and accurate reference to the nursing and midwifery council (NMC). Within each section there are activities for the mentor and evidenced based answers also. It also is well referenced.
The authors are both academics in a UK university, both with interests in nurse education.
The fact that the mentor has this book as a guide and can plan for the student and ensure that they have actions to achieve, it will ensure that student leaves that particular placement with a good grounding in that ward/clinical area and not only will the student be equipped to move on but that they will have gained a solid learning experience. So often when that occurs the student make a better nurse and may want to join the team when they qualify.
Strengths & weaknesses:
This is such a valuable guide with references to nurse education and models of learning and teaching. The book also advises the mentor when things go wrong or when a particularly challenging student is placed in the mentors work area.
The fact that it is well written by academics within nurse education ensures this is a well grounded achievable book to follow.
The case studies well extremely real and thought provoking.
Who should read it?
This book is a must for both the novice and experienced mentor. There will always be room to improve and reflect on how a nurse is mentoring students.