Pain Management

Reflective Commentary

This essay aims to critically evaluate my role as a mentor in facilitating effective learning in the community nursing setting and reflect on my experience as a student mentor using Gibbs reflective cycle (1988) throughout the text to aid my reflection. (Please see appendix 1).

I will discuss educational audit within my clinical setting and will describe how I created an effective learning environment for my student and how she was integrated into the clinical setting, critically evaluating the experience as I reflect as well as incorporating models of change.

I will then move onto learning and teaching strategies, reflecting on how I applied these to help my learner.

Assessment will then be discussed. This will include the application of principles and theory of assessment to my experience of being a student mentor.

Lastly, the aspect of evaluation will be explored. I will critically discuss my contribution to the formal evaluation of the learning experience and evaluate my overall performance as a student mentor.

When reflecting on my role as a mentor, it is apparent that educational audit forms an essential part of the mentoring process. The East of England Multi-Professional Deanery (2009) describe educational audit as a means of assuring the quality of practice placements through support and development. They maintain that auditing learning environments is an integral part of quality assurance. When preparing for my student to arrive in the clinical setting, I researched into educational audit and found that The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA, 2009) sets out requirements for placement learning within it’s practice code so that clinical areas have a guide to self assessing.

The learning environment ties in with educational audit as the audit is what assures the quality of the learning environment. Learning in a clinical setting is just as important as university learning (Stuart 2007) as the...