Assessment and accountability in mentorship
The Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) (2008a, p.23) declares in its Standards to Support Learning and Assessment in Practice that a “mentor is a mandatory requirement for pre-registration nursing students”. This simply means that student nurses must be guided by nurse mentors. The Royal College of Nursing (2009, p.3) declares that the “significance of the role of a mentor and the quality of the mentorship offered in practice cannot be over-emphasised”. The NMC (2008a, p.23) defines a mentor as “a registrant who, following successful completion of an NMC approved mentor preparation programme or comparable preparation that has been accredited by an AEI (approved educational institution) as meeting the NMC mentor requirements has achieved the knowledge, skills and competence required to meet the defined outcomes”. The NMC (2008a, p.13) also provides for eight domains in the framework to support learning and assessment of students in practice. In essence, this means that in order to become an effective mentor, a nurse must be able to accomplish these eight domains. These domains are establishing effective working relationships, facilitation of learning, assessment and accountability, evaluation of learning, creating an environment for learning, context of practice, evidence-based practice and leadership (NMC 2008a, p.13).

This essay will explore one of the eight domains, specifically the domain of accountability and assessment in mentorship. This will be done in relation to mentoring two first-year adult branch nursing students placed in the Dermatology Department. Before proceeding any further, it is imperative to relate that the NMC (2008b, p.3) declares the need to respect people’s right to confidentiality. In compliance with this, the real identities of the student-mentees will be kept anonymous.
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Accountability is essential in the professional practice of nursing (NMC 2010, n.p.). A...