The Placement Opportunities in the Study of Nursing



The most obvious issue for the mentor in this situation is what to do about it. The student may fail this aspect of training unless she starts to take responsibility for her behaviour and changes it. The mentor must make a decision about the type of intervention that is needed or whether it is time to fail the student. According to Cleland et al. (2008), there are many factors that influence whether an individual who is underperforming should be failed. One of the challenges with failing a student is that mentors have difficulty doing this if they feel they are stopping a student’s career. Also, failing a student may depend on what the mentor felt about the student overall. Taking the facts into consideration suggest that the mentor will have to fail this student because they are halfway through the placement and the behaviour has not changed. Their attitude seems to show that they are not interested in the placement. At this point, an assessment of the attitudes, personality and skills would be helpful for the student. How does she perceive her placement? Is something happening that she does not like that is making her want to be late? Can the problem be fixed? These would be some of the first questions to ask. Another question is whether the student is in a profession that pleases them. Also, is there something happening in their personal life that is stopping them from concentrating on their placement? According to a study done by Cleland, Arnold and Chesser (2004), personal or family pressures can be a contributing factor to students not doing well in medical school.