Most of the activities within Flying Start NHS focus on developing your skills and knowledge as a newly qualified practitioner. However at some point the emphasis will shift to you facilitating learning in others, this may be with students, assistant practitioners or as an educator to patients/clients and their carers.
The newly qualified nurse or midwife as associate mentor
In their consultation paper on a standard to support learning and assessment in practice, the Nursing & Midwifery Council (2005b:9) state that "following a period to consolidate pre-registration learning, which should include a period of Preceptorship, the new registrant is ready to take on the role of associate mentor under the supervision of an experienced mentor."
RCN (2005) Guidance for mentors of student nurses and midwives: A RCN toolkit
What makes a good learning environment?
List all the factors you can think of that contribute towards creating a good learning environment.
Discuss your list with your mentor - is there anything you have missed out? Identify one element which you both agree could be improved in your clinical area, think about how you could achieve improvement by working together or as a team.
Helping Others Learn
It is a natural progression to share your knowledge with others, as you grow in confidence and capability in your first year of working in NHS Scotland.
Towards the end of your first year in practice, you will find opportunities to support individuals less experienced than yourself, and facilitate their learning. During this process take the opportunity to also reflect on your own growing development.
Identify a realistic opportunity for you to practice developing another person, for example by teaching a clinical skill, by being a "buddy" during induction, or by presenting information to your team. Have you thought about organising a local Flying Start NHS learning set or network? Construct an action plan and agree how it will be implemented and evaluated with your mentor.