Davis (1980) states evaluation is a “process of delineating, obtaining and providing information useful for making decisions and judgements”. Jarvis and Gibson (1997) goes on to suggest evaluation is an examination of the appropriateness of the aims, content and objectives set by the mentor. After reflection the appropriate action can then be taken.
During my students placement I encouraged feedback from her as I had no real way of gauging what I was teaching she was retaining. She said on a number of occasions that she was happy with my teaching methods, but I wasn’t reassured she was telling the truth. On reflection I realised she may not have been telling the truth for a number of reasons. Possibly fear as she didn’t know how I would react to her answers, both of us were just starting to build a working ...view middle of the document...
So I first explained what “Withdrawal of Treatment” actually meant, a transition from actively treating to making the patient comfortable, pain free and eventually dying with as much dignity and respect as possible. We briefly discussed the Liverpool Care Pathway and how we would implement it. After this conversation she expressed a desire to sit in during the process of the doctors breaking the news to the family. I now felt confident in asking both the doctor and the family if my student could be present. After the conversation I asked my student to feed back to me how she felt and if she thought anything could have been done differently. She looked quite upset so I suggested we go and have a drink in the staff room where it would be quiet. I spent a few minutes talking to her and made a suggestion that writing down her feelings might help before I went back to the unit. Later on she said to me that even though the whole experience had been upsetting, she felt much better and more confident that she could deal with similar situations in the future.
In conclusion this has made me realise that evaluation is a two way process between the student and the mentor. It can be beneficial to give and receive feedback in both a formal (Initial, interim and final interviews) and an informal (at the bedside) approach. I have learnt that it can be a bit overwhelming for a student to be presented with lots of homework on the first few days. A student needs time to feel comfortable and supported in their surroundings first. I will in future spread out the homework I set in to smaller bite size segments over the duration of the student’s placement.
Davis, E. (1980) Teachers as Curriculum Evaluators. London: George Allen & Unwin.
Jarvis, P. & Gibson, S. (1997) The Teacher Practitioner and Mentor in Nursing, Midwifery, Health Visiting and Social Services. 2nd Ed. Cheltenham: Stanley Thornes.