A collaborative approach to support trainee sign-off mentors
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A collaborative approach to support trainee sign-off mentors

Deborah Casey Senior lecturer, Faculty of health and social sciences, Leeds Metropolitan University
Liz Clark Principal lecturer, faculty of health and social sciences, Leeds Metropolitan University

Supervising student practitioners remains an important part of the work of registered nurses, midwives and specialist community practitioners. The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) introduced sign-off mentors in 2006. Sign-off mentors are required to make decisions about whether a final placement student has achieved the required standards of proficiency for entry to the NMC register. Existing, experienced mentors who wish to become sign-off mentors must be supervised signing off final placement students on NMC-approved courses on at least three occasions by a practitioner with existing sign-off mentor status. This article describes a collaborative citywide approach to the preparation and support of sign-off mentors in Leeds.

Nursing Standard. 27, 7,44-47. doi: 10.7748/ns2012.10.27.7.44.c9360

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