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Activities in Mentorship and Communication
Name of Student
Name of Instructor
After reading the article by Ness, McCallum, and Price (2010), I have appreciated the role of a nurse, as a teacher, especially in supporting and mentoring the student nurses. Reflecting on my experiences in practice, and in relation to the article, I have realized my strengths in mentoring student nurses, especially in the clinical area and in becoming responsible nurses. However, I realized I was weak in relaying information concerning the challenges of the nursing profession to the student nurses. The article by Zakrrison and Hugllund (2009) enabled me to reflect on my strengths in the clinical area, and I realized that I am strong in educating patients, although I, sometimes do not allow them to criticize me.
In relation to article 1, Ness, McCallum, and Price (2010), I have realized that I need to develop the skill of setting a good role model. After reading the article, I have realized that, sometimes I do not perform well in some areas, leading to poor modelling, especially to the student nurses and the patients. In addition, I have realized I need to strengthen my skill in critical thinking and decision-making. Through my experience in leadership, I have realized I have been very authoritative, and I plan to use delegation in the discharge of duties to enable others learn, and to empower my juniors.
With article 2, Zakrrison and Hugllund (2009), I have realized that the scientific aspect of evidence-based practice has enabled me to move from task-oriented to individual-oriented approach, enabling me to view a patient as a holistic being, and purposing to provide holistic care. as an aspect of holistic care, I have realized that I have been focusing more on patient education, which has enabled me to promote life-style changes to my patients. Concerning knowledge, I feel I do not have enough knowledge to educate patients since new discoveries are being made day by day. I plan to read current research articles extensively, in order to be completely armed to handle patient’s concerns.
Reflecting on both articles, it is important to manage barriers that may hinder the exchange of information during patient teaching, or student-nurse mentoring. For example, when teaching a patient, the nurse first ensures that the patient is comfortable in their bed. N addition, the nurse should ensure that they choose an appropriate venue for patient teaching, free of distractors. This also entails, choosing the most appropriate time and being available for the patient. In addition, the nurse uses a language free of medical jargon, to promote understanding by the patients. In order to avoid information overload, the nurse teaches bits by bits.
For my action plan, I decide to carry out the following activities and resolutions in order to develop my skills and confidence:
- Read widely in order to be more informed. I intend to read at least one current research article in a day
- I intend to have at least two regular student mentors, for whom I will be their role model.
- In my practice, I have resolved that I will teach every patient I will be nursing.
- In order to sharpen my mentorship skills, I intend to have a mentor of my own, who is knowledgeable in nursing.
- In addition to patient teaching, I intend to be doing follow-ups to find out from the patients whether the teaching was of help to them.
Activity 1: Mentorship skills and qualities:
From my experience as a student nurse, I realized that my good mentors demonstrated good role modelling skills and problem-solving skills. At times, I went to see my good mentor when I had a burning issue. The mentor demonstrated very superior problem-solving skills in advising me on how to approach the issue. In addition, my good mentor has been a role model.
Comparing with the literature, the qualities I found in my good mentor are mentioned in the literature. Kaihlannen, Lakanmaa and Salmininen (2013) observe that students transiting from studentship to registered nurses need role-modelling, a skill exhibited by my good mentors. Similarly, Ali and Panther (2008) emphasize the role of strong problem-solving skills in mentorship. Also, the skills of a mentor of being a teacher and a counsellor is reflected both in the literature and was demonstrated by my good mentors. However, as reflected in the literature (Ali & Panther, 2008), my mentors were not good supporters. I remember I went through moments of financial difficulties, and I did not receive help from my good mentors.
Action plan for future role development
What do I need to learn?
What must I do to achieve this?
What resources do I need?
How will I use this to improve my performance?
How will I know if I’ve improved?
a) want to learn the skill of role-modelling
b). I need to learn problem-solving skills
I need to learn the skill of playing the adviser role
I must have a mentee and undertake to support them
I need to participate in mentorship activities
Participate in a mentorship activity
I need to create time for them and to support them financially If.............
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