Supporting and mentoring nursing students in practice

Val Ness, Kathleen Duffy, Jacqueline McCallum, Lesley Price

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Decision making is a fundamental skill required by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for entry to the nurse register. It is required for the completion of the essential skills clusters - skills identified by the NMC that must be achieved in pre-registration nursing programmes. Often students do not recognise that many of the tasks they perform on clinical placement involve decision-making skills and therefore find it difficult to show their attainment in their record of achievement. This article explores how students can demonstrate their decision making and suggests techniques for mentors to support students.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-46
Number of pages6
JournalNursing Standard
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2010


  • nursing education
  • decision making
  • midwifery
  • mentoring

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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