‘Seeking authorization': a grounded theory exploration of mentors’ experiences of assessing nursing students on the borderline of achievement of competence in clinical practice.

Authors: Cassidy, S., Coffey, M. & Murphy,F.

Source: J Adv Nurs. 2017 Sep;73(9):2167-2178. doi: 10.1111/jan.13292. Epub 2017 Apr 17.

AIM:

To develop a substantive theoretical explanation of how mentors make sense of their experiences where nursing students are on the borderline of achievement of competence in clinical practice.

BACKGROUND:

The reluctance of Registered¬†Nurse¬†mentors to fail nursing students in clinical practice despite concerns about competence remains a contemporary issue in international healthcare education. Mentors’ assessment decisions have considerable impact for a variety of key stakeholders, not least for students in these circumstances.

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