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I don’t entirely trust my mentor


Can you advise this student nurse on how to deal with her mentor? 

“For background, I’m training to be a paediatric nurse, and I’m currently on my second placement. 

“I’ve enjoyed every aspect of my training so far, except for working with my mentor. Simply put, I do not trust her. I believe she’s a good person, but I’ve noticed she cuts corners. It’s almost as if she’s been in the job so long she can’t be bothered to do it properly. 

“And this has made me question whether or not she’s teaching me the right stuff. There have been occasions when I’ve thought, ‘that’s not good advice’ but only because it’s something my mum (who is also a nurse) has already told me. 

“When it comes to my mentor teaching me stuff that’s entirely new to me, I don’t have faith that it’s correct, and find myself double-checking all the time. 

“I know it’s not sustainable approach, so I could really do with some advice on how to deal with this.”




Readers' comments (3)

  • Question your mentor about bad practice, if your not happy ask for another mentor. Do not follow anyone who is cutting corners! Good luck

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  • You should ask the reasoning behind the mentor's actions (to which you don't agree with). If the answer is something you don't agree with, challenge it or ask your lecturer about the situation. Don't be afraid to persist. You're learning what to do and what not to do. This is the time to be asking questions.

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  • As student nurses we're so aware and vigilant about everything and it is part of our duty to challenge what may be unsafe practice . if you don't trust/believe what she's teaching you then you have every right to refuse her . Experienced nurses do have the tendency to become complacent and unfortunately its almost like they're waiting for an error to happen before they wake up again .

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