I trained under the apprenticeship model. My practice experience was exactly the same as today's students. I learned a lot of rote practice that I later learned to question. My management experience equated to making sure Sister was the first for her ciggy break. Healthcare delivery is radically different to the 80's. Education and preparation must meet service need; much of this is not in ward settings. I feel we need to reflect on the good and the not so good in relation to the good old days
Talking to a group of prospective mentors last week. Years of qulaification ranged from 1-26 years. The concensus was that 'mentor' skills regarding learning and coaching would be helpful as these are skills they use with their clients, patients and mothers when promoting health and management of conditions.
Thank you for your commentary on an oft spoken but unreported issue. I would really encourage speaking up and asking for help. It really saddens me when I hear these stories sometimes after the placement has ended. By addressing in placement I have found that, at times, the mentors themselves have been struggling and appreciate being recognised. I am, however, cognisant of the fear of retribution if a concern is raised. This combined with the vulnerability of being a student is a powerful deterrent. Having a visible practice education team, concerns protocol and an open stance on the learning environment as being an inclusive one helps. If you can't speak up as your own advocate as a student it could be argued that an opportunity is missed to develop those essential skills. That fear persists as we have witnessed with reports into concerns. Perhaps helping mentors to feel able to ask for help is part of the solution as our Code is very clear that mentor skills and attributes are fundamental to nursing practice.
Surely it needs to be.about her patient's beliefs. I am a non-believer but would not discuss this with a patient. Surely it is about us identifying the spiritual and religious beliefs that are important to the person; facilitating opportunities to practice in an alien setting as part of holistic care? Would we discuss politics or any other potentially divisive issue?
Catherine, thank you for taking the time to.write your blog. It resonated with me so much I went straight back to my first placement way back in 1983. The first experience never leaves.