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How to get the best from mentoring

Every nursing student needs a mentor – someone who can be a practical teacher, guide and role model. But students also need to do their part to get the most out of the relationship.

Every nursing student needs a mentor – someone who can be a practical teacher, guide and role model. But students also need to do their part to get the most out of the relationship.

Mentors are working while they are mentoring. They have patients to take care of while helping students to learn valuable skills at the same time. Adding to the difficulty of their role, mentors will often be mentoring multiple students, so it is important for students to expect to learn some skills on their own.

Students should have mastered basic skills by the time they are being mentored, and be ready to demonstrate efficiency. They should be prepared to help in any way they can. As soon as they see something they can do unassisted, they should offer to do it, and not wait for the mentor

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