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.