The aim of this essay is to discuss on how the reflection on mentorship will be undertaken, how and why the model of reflection will be used and the importance of confidentiality. I will reflect the mentorship by ensuring that the mentee during clinical practice is put at ease throughout the learning experience of four weeks (Quinn, and Hughes 2007, p. 29). Also, I will use the principle of Kolb’s learning cycle as my model of reflection because reflecting is an essential element of learning. As I am the mentor, I will follow this cycle in a clockwise direction with Jude, so she would have to reflect on the skills learnt by reviewing the whole situation (Kolb’s learning cycle 1984 in Rose and Best 2005, p.129). This would enable Jude to integrate theory into practice. I would use a pseudonym ‘Jude’ to comply with mentee confidentiality as stated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC, 2004).
During the orientation of Jude, I made sure that I introduced a mentoring approach in practice education, so as to support her learning and assessment in practice (NMC, 2008). This would develop her skills and confidence in the new placement area (RCN, 2007). I did this by introducing myself to her as a mentor, welcomed her to the department with a friendly smile, so that she would feel comfortable in the new environment (Rose and Best, 2005, p.55). I then took Jude on a tour round the unit to familiarize her with the physical layout of the department. This would make her have a feeling of fitting in (ENB/DOH, 2001).
Furthermore, I identified the door codes for security, showed her fire exit for safety(ENB/DH ,2001).I then introduced her to the crash trolley and explained its use in case of Emergency for safety (ENB/DOH,2001).I introduced her to the Multidisciplinary team to make her feel a part of the team (Hutchings ,and Sanders ,2001). I explained in details to Jude about parking , public transport ,lunch facilities and other daily requirement to facilitate an environment that is conducive for her learning(Quinn and Hughes,2007 ,p.29). At the end of orientation, I gave Jude an orientation package about the placement. This would enable her to learn about clinical issues which would ensure a good start and her understanding about the department (Rose and Best, 2005, p.55). I have chosen to do a comprehensive orientation, to make her confident and support her learning in practice (NMC, 2008).
I then proceeded to carry out an initial interview with Jude in a quiet private room. I ensured it was free from distraction(Rose and Best ,2005,p.71).To ensure confidentiality, I ensured that the room where we performed the interview was well organized in an informal settings . The chairs were at the same height, with no desk to justify a sense of equality (Quinn and Hughes, 2007, p.241).
Jude was a first year student. I found out her stage of training to enable me to provide an ongoing and constructive...