What you will study
This course consists of a portfolio only and should be studied in conjunction with Facilitating learning in practice: an OpenLearn resource
(KG005) which provides the theoretical underpinnings related to mentorship practices. To complete this course you will need to be able to work with an experienced mentor who is on the same part of the NMC register and is working in the same field of practice as you. You must be able to collect evidence to demonstrate increasing confidence and competence in your ability to mentor and support nursing students in clinical practice. You will be assessed against defined NMC mentor competencies.
Evidence of completion of KG005 as well as up to date details of your mentor are required in order to be awarded the completion certificate for KG006.
Successful completion of KG006 provides the evidence needed to apply for entry to locally-held mentor registers.
You must demonstrate a minimum of 10 days learning of which at least 5 days must be protected learning time within NMC Mentorship programmes. Protected learning time must cover both theory and practice.
You will learn
Note: These outcomes reflect the learning on completion of KG005 and KG006.
- consider strategies that assist learners to integrate learning and consider the effectiveness of assessment and impact of feedback to learning and development.
- demonstrate skills in identifying opportunities for, and constraints that exist for, learning.
- develop your skills for reflection on practice and feedback so that you optimise the learning of self and others,
- critically reflect on your developing mentor role; including working in partnership with others to promote high quality learning and assessment experiences for a range of learners.
Completion of KG006, with completion of KG005 will provide evidence that you have met the relevant requirements to apply for registration on locally-held mentor registers. This will allow you, in your professional nursing practice roles, to support and assess pre-registration nursing students. You should note that this course does not prepare you to act as a sign-off mentor.
This course (KG006), along with KG005, meets the requirements of NMC mentorship preparation provision.
Expert, confidential learner support is available when you need it from a learning adviser, who will respond to you direct within 24 hours. Other support is available via the course forum, library, StudentHome website and computing helpdesk.
KG006 requires you to build a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate competence against NMC requirements. This will require practice-based application of learning and reflection on such practices. As part of this learning, you will be supported and guided by an experienced mentor (supervisor) who will assess your competence in mentoring skills.