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Nurs Stand. 2012 Oct 17-23;27(7):44-7.

A collaborative approach to support trainee sign-off mentors.

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  • 1Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Leeds Metropolitan University. d.e.casey@leedsmet.ac.uk


Supervising student practitioners remains an important part of the work of registered nurses, midwives and specialist community practitioners. The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) introduced sign-off mentors in 2006. Sign-off mentors are required to make decisions about whether a final placement student has achieved the required standards of proficiency for entry to the NMC register. Existing, experienced mentors who wish to become sign-off mentors must be supervised signing off final placement students on NMC-approved courses on at least three occasions by a practitioner with existing sign-off mentor status. This article describes a collaborative citywide approach to the preparation and support of sign-off mentors in Leeds.

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