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Should all nurses be mentors? What do you think? Read our live webchat transcript

We chatted live on the homepage with Nursing Times Editor, Jenni Middleton about her editorial comment: ‘Is it necessary for all nurses to be mentors?’

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Readers' comments (4)

  • All nurses heed to help less experienced nurses to gain skills. A wonderful teacher I had as a student always said that we should teach and keep on teaching until junior nurses know as much as we do. Yet some nurses take the soft option and don't bother.They would rather delegate than become proactive in their work. Standards will not improve until we begin at the grass roots and lay the foundations for good practical nursing care

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  • Should we first define what we mean by mentoring? Primary learning happens at university and then this is put into practice in a practice setting. What is the agreed definition of mentoring in nursing? How much direction is there of the mentee or transfer of knowledge/skills?

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  • i agree that all nurses should be teaching and training junior staff-- but to be an effective mentor you need to have expertise in your field- nurses need far more than a year post qualifying to achieve this- this does not stop them being part of the process giving feedback for the assesment but not to make decisions about competency. people have their own strengths- i have learn't excellent skills from nurses that prefer to do the doing- who have limited interest in teaching and assessing- being the ones that tick the boxes.
    Mentoring should be seen as an additional role- with time allocated and additional finacial accountability not a tagged on role-- then and only then will it be taken seriously.

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  • Regular Nurse ( all grades) supervision, Mentoring has been established since the 1980's. When did it cease to be a 'given' may I ask??
    It seems to me that, all the progress in nursing over the past 32 years, when I worked in the NHS has dwindled to this present 'lack of expertise' by anyone in authority. Wont nerlong the wheel at this rate. God help us!

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