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‘I don’t have a mentor’


Can you advise this student nurse?

“I started placement four weeks ago and STILL haven’t been given a mentor. The mentor I was supposed to have has been off sick since before I started.

“I’m managing to find stuff to do but I don’t know who is going to sign off my book.

“There’s one other student on the same placement and we’re basically sharing a mentor but she seems to think she can’t sign me off because she’s not “officially” my mentor.

“Someone, please, tell me what to do!!”

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Readers' comments (3)

  • Hi. You need to speak to your univeristy tutor or the practice placement facilitator within your placement. It does not have to be your mentor signing your book, a sign off mentor can do this.

    Although, you should be spending 50% of the time with your mentor. I would definitely speak to uni as soon as poss.

    Hope that helps.

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  • Hi mate

    First of all don't panick . Many of us have been there .
    Your problem needs to go through a process of escalation . Don't go straight to your uni . First
    Speak to nurse in charge . Then matron if u have one . Express that ur keen to learn and ask what mentors are available . Are there any available . If not, you will have a link lecturer . She/ he is important . Use them ( in a nice way). You will be fine. It's a blip in ur training . Smile from me to you x

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  • If I were you, I would speak to the Sister or Ward manager and explain that you currently have no mentor and therefore you haven't had your allocated time with a mentor. Ask them to assign you to someone and if not then speak to the Clinical Placement Facilitator who will have an up to date list of mentors in your area. If you are getting no where then speak to your uni who can help get things sorted quickly.

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