Providing constructive feedback to students during mentoring
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Providing constructive feedback to students during mentoring

Kathleen Duffy Practice educator, NHS Education for Scotland, Hamilton.

The need to provide students with regular feedback on their performance is integral to the assessment process, but not all mentors feel confident to do this. This article highlights the benefits of providing constructive feedback for both the mentor and the student. Five principles associated with giving constructive feedback are discussed. The importance of preparing for feedback, ensuring it is provided in a timely manner and being specific are emphasised. Development opportunities to enhance mentors’ skills in giving feedback that is beneficial to the student are also discussed.

Nursing Standard. 27, 31,50-56. doi: 10.7748/ns2013.


Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Received: 01 November 2012

Accepted: 10 January 2013

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