Integrating the 6Cs of nursing into mentorship practice
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Integrating the 6Cs of nursing into mentorship practice

Kathleen Duffy Senior nurse, Practice Education, NHS Lanarkshire Practice Development Centre, Hamilton, Scotland

Nurses and midwives are asked to demonstrate the 6Cs (care, compassion, competence, communication, courage and commitment) of nursing in ‘everything we do’. Mentors have a crucial role in the provision of health care and in educating nurses and midwives. This article aims to provide guidance to mentors on how to integrate the 6Cs into their mentorship practice, when mentoring pre-registration nursing and midwifery students. It emphasises the importance for mentors of role modelling in relation to the 6Cs. Addressing each of the 6Cs in turn, the article outlines strategies that may be used in mentorship practice to endorse the 6Cs with pre-registration students. The article concludes by considering the mentor’s role in robust assessment of the 6Cs.

Nursing Standard. 29, 50,49-60. doi: 10.7748/ns.29.50.49.e9957

Correspondence

Kathleen.Duffy@lanarkshire.scot.nhs.uk

Peer review

All articles are subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software.

Received: 02 February 2015

Accepted: 01 May 2015