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Mentor Conference 2017
Inspirational speeches from student nurses about their experiences of mentorship. Great to hear. We can learn from them too
The School of Nursing and Midwifery celebrated mentorship at their annual Mentor Conference on 22nd June. 139 of delegates from partner NHS Trusts who support student nurses and midwives attended the event which allows mentors to hear current research in the area of supporting students in practice and also learn from each other about their teaching and learning strategies.
Dr Patricia Owen ( DUP) and third year children nursing student Sebastian Meighan-Davies introduced the conference and speakers. A member of the alumni Amber Flounders - now a qualififed nurse working at one of the local Trusts delivered a moving poem she had written about the care of a patient with demetia. A range of internationally recognised speakers also discussed their research on developing mentorship and included Dr Kathleen Duffy; Dr Kerry Jones; Dr Jan Royal -Fern and Dr Lou Hunt. A very warm reception was given to student nurses who presented on their experiences of being mentored and how this support had enabled them to progress in clinical practice - Lauren Thomson ( First year student-
A very warm reception was given to student nurses who presented on their experiences of being mentored and how this support had enabled them to progress in clinical practice - Lauren Thomson (First year student- children's nursing); Molly Merrison (First year student - adult nursing) Becky Wright (Second Year student - Learning Disability nursing) and Rebecca Thorley - (Third year student - mental health nursing) were shown appreciation by much applause.
Dr Royal -Ferne tweeted during the conference "Inspirational speeches from student nurses about their experiences of mentorship. Great to hear. We can learn from them too". Mentors also presented at the conference including the nursing team from the Heart Centre at the Royal Stoke Hospital, the Student support lead from the local community Trust and mental health nurse care coordinators who showcased their 'Mentor Car-Share' Package.
The event is held every year in partnership with three local NHS Trusts and organised with them by the School's Practice Quality Lead Christine Armstrong and School placement team.