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My mentor won't let me do anything

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Can you help this student nurse, who is struggling on placement? 

I’ve just started my second year and I have been on placement for three weeks, yet my mentor isn’t allowing me to do anything for real.

Whenever I do anything other than observe, I can see her tensing up. She has zero trust in me. I don’t know if it’s just me, or if she’s like this with other students.

So I end up watching most of the time. I’ve hinted that I need to do more, but it doesn’t seem to come across. I really like her, and don’t have any other complaints, but this is really hampering my experience. What should I do?

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  • It may be useful to arrange a one to one informal discussion with your mentor. Tell your mentor that you would like to discuss your progress, ask for feedback on how they think you are doing. Clearly identify any clinical skills or placement specific knowledge that you would like to learn more about. As a student I used to highlight areas of interest in relation to the placement area and discuss how and when I could aim to learn more about them. I would ask my mentors as well as other nurses at the beginning of each shift if I could be involved in observing a particular clinical skill when performed and assist in any way. It helped both myself and my mentors to know exactly what my aims and objectives where for shifts/placements. Before approaching placements in this way I found I was getting lost and caught up within the shift and felt like I was not achieving what I had wanted to. I think placement learning also depends on the individual mentor and their experiences of mentoring students at different levels.

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