Success of mentor programme

Karen White (Student nurse), Rachel Macleod (mentor) and organiser Gill McCannon. SGD 22735
Karen White (Student nurse), Rachel Macleod (mentor) and organiser Gill McCannon. SGD 22735
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THE hard work of nurses at the Western Isles who take the time to mentor student nurses was recognised this week at a second annual celebration of mentorship at the Western Isles Hospital.

Teaching Fellow and Organiser Gill McCannon, who teaches on the nurses’ under-graduate programme and also trains the mentors, spoke with pride and delight as she revealed the success of the programme which helps honour the hard working nurses.

She said: “The students in the nursing programme nominate a mentor who has contributed to their learning, giving a reason as to why they were nominated.

“They then get invited to this event where we thank them for their contribution to the nursing programme and all the students think very highly of their mentors.

It is the mentors who do all the work for the students when they are out in practice so it is a celebration of mentorship and support and is our way to say thank you for all their hard work.

“Some of the mentors here at the celebration have been nominated in the past before so it reinforces they are doing well. It is a good programme and students have to have a mentor and be prepared for that which is also something we do.”