The Importance Of The Clinical Learning Environment

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The learning environment and practice placement I currently work in is a substance misuse service. The clinical learning environment is where students work directly with patients whilst enabling them to and are able to conductively learn. Burns and Patterson (2005) state it is the responsibility of higher education institutes in partnership with the NHS to prepare nurses to cope with the complex nature of clinical practice. In my opinion I believe mentors play a significant role in relation to the clinical learning environment, as mentors are who support the student during their placement. Students learn most effectively in the environments that facilitate learning by encouraging and supporting whilst also making them feel part of the team…show more content…
(this bit in brown doesn’t make sence explain the point u trying to get acorss it dusnt have to be the authors exact words but it needs to make sense). In addition to this Ixer (1996) published an article to criticise: “There is no such thing as reflection” which attempted to stop the unquestioning acceptance of the concept of reflection from academics and professionals. Students are required to demonstrate their ability to reflect in practice yet reflection is ill defined therefore problematic to assess (Ixer, 1996). Having an effective working relationship with a student is an important goal and will underpin all other aspects of mentoring (Walsh, 2014). It is advisable to build this relationship quickly and effectively within the first week of the student’s placement, this is known to be the mentor’s responsibility and allows the mentor to demonstrate to be organised, productive and welcoming (Walsh,…show more content…
Anderson (2011) suggests that a dual learning style has an important role in the development of skills. Using learning styles allows the student to understand how they work best and what their preferred learning style is. However learning style theories have been criticised extensively by many, there are many educational psychologists who believe that there is little evidence for efficacy of most learning styles models. According to Greenfield (2007) the practice is “nonsense” from a neuroscientist point of view. Furthermore Henry (2007) believes “Humans have evolved to build a picture of the world through our senses working in unison, exploiting the immense interconnectivity that exists in the brain” (Henry, 2007).The foundation of being a good mentor is building a good working relationship with the student (Walsh, 2014). The student – mentor relationship is crucial to the students learning throughout the placement (Wilkes, 2006). All mentors when working with students must have effective professional and inter-professional working relationships which will enable and enhance to support the learning for students. Part of the skills required maintaining the relationship with students and the multi professional team include; being organised, prioritising, providing ongoing support and constructive feedback and being able to liaise with other

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