A healthcare mentor is a Nurse or Midwife who plays an important role in facilitating the development of future generations of nurses and midwives. As a healthcare mentor you will help students relate their theory into practice and help them take what they have learnt in the classroom into reality. Your knowledge, experience and skills benefit both student and patients alike.
The importance of the role and the quality of healthcare mentorship offered in practice cannot be over-emphasised. It is the learning experience in the clinical setting that ensures that our nurses and midwives are fit for practice and purpose.
To become a healthcare mentor you need to successfully achieve all of the outcomes of stage 2 (NMC 2008). This qualification is recorded on the local register of mentors. You need to have a minimum of one year's working experience and currently work for at least 15 hours per week.
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