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Are mentors failing to fail underperforming student nurses? An integrative literature review

Wray, Jane; Kennedy, Michelle; North, Hannah

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Miss Jane Wray J.Wray@hull.ac.uk
Director of Research, Senior Research Fellow

Hannah North



Abstract

This review aimed to identify and review primary research to address the question of ‘Is there evidence that mentors are failing to fail underperforming student nurses?’
Design: Integrative literature review
Methods: Online-databases (Medline, Scopus, PsycInfo, and Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL)) were searched using specified inclusion and exclusion criteria to focus the review. Critical appraisal was undertaken and key findings, outcomes and emergent concepts were identified from each study. These were then collated and synthesised into themes.
Results: Five papers met the criteria and review aim and three main themes were identified; the mentors’ relationship with the university, documentation when failing a student, and psychological and emotional impacts.
Conclusion: The phenomena of failing to fail continues to concern the nursing profession but there is limited primary research evidence to inform contemporary discussions in the UK regarding the management of this in practice.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Feb 28, 2019
Print ISSN 0966-0461
Publisher Mark Allen Healthcare
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 28
Issue 4
Pages 250-255
APA6 Citation Wray, J., Kennedy, M., & North, H. (2019). Are mentors failing to fail underperforming student nurses? An integrative literature review. British Journal of Nursing, 28(4), 250-255. doi:10.12968/bjon.2019.28.4.250
DOI https://doi.org/10.12968/bjon.2019.28.4.250
Keywords Mentors; Mentoring; Students; Integrative review; Competence
Publisher URL https://www.magonlinelibrary.com/loi/bjon

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