Title
Mentoring in nursing education : perceived characteristics of mentors and the consequences of mentorship
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
Edinburgh ,
Subject
Human medicine
Source (journal)
Nurse education today: the journal for health care education. - Edinburgh
Volume/pages
31(2011) :3 , p. 274-278
ISSN
0260-6917
ISI
000289323200011
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
This paper presents the initial research results of mentorship in Flanders, Belgium. A validated questionnaire has been used as well as a semi-structured interview, to investigate perceived characteristics, advantages and drawbacks of mentorship, as well as practical aspects in mentoring education. The questionnaire has been validated for the Dutch language. The response rate of 62% has been rather high. The ability to give feedback, experience, availability of time and a positive attitude were the elements considered important for mentors. In spite of workload, lack of time and drawbacks such as adverse effects on the team work on the ward, transferring of enthusiasm onto students was still possible. Benefits for mentors were immaterial and included closer follow-up of new developments, teaching and sharing of experiences. The benefits outweighed the drawbacks. Support by mentoring courses, additional study and especially of link lecturers proved to be beneficial. Especially the help of link lecturers proved to be necessary in problems and in evaluation of unsafe students. In the latter case, the link lecturer helps to solve the inherent conflict of interest by being mentor and assessor at the same time.
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