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NURSING: In this essay I have chosen to explore the skills and qualities required to establish and maintain an effective working relationship with my mentor in practice in the role of supervisee.

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In this essay I have chosen to explore the skills and qualities required to establish and maintain an effective working relationship with my mentor in practice in the role of supervisee. I will discuss communication skills, willingness to learn, self-awareness, assertiveness, open-mindedness, reflective skills as criteria of mentee to establish working relationship with mentor. The term mentor originates from Greek mythology, was first introduce in academic and business world of north America (Laurent 1998) used in United Kingdom with the implementation of project 2000 in the national health service (Bracken 1989) to help smooth transition from student to professional. (Philips et al 1996, Grey M and Smith1999). The dictionary defines a mentor as a trusted counselor or guide. A mentor is generally an influential, experienced individual with whom mentee establish a personal relationship and who actively helps mentee reach their goals. The terms mentorship are designated to staff nurses who engage in a multitude of roles supporting student nurses in the clinical setting. (Quinn2000). And reducing the theory practice gap (Earnsaw 1995). Mentorship is a mechanism that promotes safe and effective practice, maintains standards and accountability, and develops nurse practitioners autonomy. Proctor (1998) has grouped supervisees' skills under three functions: formative, supportive and normative. Supervisee should be keen, capable, trustworthy, attentive, and be able to ask questions (Hart 1982). Myric and Younge (2002)talk about the need for collaborative relationship. ...read more.

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Reflective skills. Reflective practice then is about using reflection to enlighten, develop and improve professional action. It is an "empowering and motivational process, which enables individuals to be more effective and assume greater responsibility for their own practice"(Neary 2000). Willingness to learn- John (1997) developed a model to describe this relationship based on the core concept of being available. The issue I have continued to bring to meeting senior. I do not always feel comfortable discharging a client who I think still need nursing care. Mentoring gives me opportunity to express this discomfort and in doing so I usually recognise that my feeling have to do with my agenda to be seen as effective to help people. My mentor enables this process by allowing me to continue talking; something it involves questioning. Self assessment and reflection on practice In the early stages of my program I was often frightened by my first encounters with caring for sick and needy patients and working in unfamiliar settings. My mentor was friendly, which encourages me to feel welcome more able to ask questions or to reveal worries that they might otherwise contain. My ability to survive under such stress is through the support, and in some instances the protection, of experienced practitioners (Stuart C C 2003). To establish and maintain an effective working relation with my mentor I need to establishment of good rapport with my mentor, which is only possible by effective communication skills. ...read more.

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I was anxious about my ability to perform basic clinical skills. I fail to focus on the clients because I have to concentrate my attention on developing clinical skills. Feedback from my mentor prompts me to think of the clients holistically and to build self-confidence to enable the shift of focus to the patient (Neary M 2000). Conclusion Mentoring is a process that awakens our confidence in our abilities. It is complex developing, nurturing and empowering relationship that requires mutual respects and affirmation. Mentor provides support and helps mentee navigate the informal systems of unwritten policies, procedures and politics ( Klein at el 2000). The mentor and mentee work together to develop critical thinking skills and reflective scepticism, which leads individuals to question, and validate continuously (Vance 2000). The mentee must possess an interest and willingness to learn, open and have listening, observation and communicational skills and open to feed back. Mentoring therefore offers a supportive environment in which we can explore with a skilled facilitator our own thoughts, feelings, attitudes, values and norms as they affect our work. Mentoring is a way in which we can get to know ourselves better by developing and increasing our level of self-awareness. My assertion is that in receiving assistance from skilful knowledgeable, compassionate mentor. I was allowed to gain insight into my own performance knowledge ability and confidence and have had opportunity for someone trust to acknowledge the change the success that have arisen out of my clinical development. I have had a regular opportunity to act constructively. ...read more.

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