Mentorship of student midwives in clinical practice is an important part of the role of a qualified andexperienced midwife (Steele 2009). The Nursing and Midwifery Council (2008 p9) states ‘The role ofthe sign-off mentor and/or practice teacher is to make judgments about whether a student hasachieved the required standards of proficiency for safe and effective practice for entry to the NMCregister.’ However, mentorship is much more than this and can be considered as the process of givingsupport for personal and professional development. This can be provided in a range of ways, such asacting as a role model, teaching, encouraging, offering feedback and formally assessing the studentmidwife. Less formal definitions suggest that the mentor is a guide, supporter and advisor (Casey &Clark 2012). The mentoring process, the relationship between mentor and student midwife and theinstitutional environment within which the mentoring occurs can present a range of rewards andchallenges for both mentor and student.
|Number of pages||5|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Oct 2014|