Title: The Nurse Mentor’s Companion
Authors: Kim Craig and Barbara Smith
Reviewer: Nigel Jopson, operations manager, Forest Care Ltd, Aldershot
What was it like?
The book describes all aspects of what is needed to be a good and effective mentor. It discusses why mentorship is needed and how it has developed. It looks at the NMC guidelines and also structures around using the 6 Cs in developing the mentorship role and as a part of daily practice. It has useful checklists of things you need to do and prepare. which helps to focus thoughts and remind us what we really should be doing. Some nice reminders about how we also need to develop using CPD and suggestions about how to develop teamworking
What were the highlights?
I liked the way the book covered from the beginning of placements by looking at how to prepare for the students arrival and make an induction pack relevant to the clinical area. The referencing to NMC documents makes it relevant and should ensure that we all meet our requirements under the Code. Good glossary, references and Index.
Strengths & weaknesses:
The main point of this book is to show potential and existing mentors how to best fulfill the role of mentor to student nurses. It is extremely good at that. I was disappointed that it does focus on that aspect and not how existing nurses also need mentorship to further develop their roles.
Who should read it?
This will be a useful tool for all nurses aiming to be mentors to student nurses. It is a comprehensive toolkit and contains an enormous amount of useful information and ideas for people looking to develop that role. It is a book I will be using within my role and one I will encourage other mentors in Forest Care to also use.