Midwives’ perspectives of the challenges in mentoring students: A qualitative survey

Michelle Gray, Terri Downer

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Problem: National professional standards dictate that all practitioners should provide mentorship to students, however students often report a lack of interest from many mentors while on placement. 

Background: It is important that academic researchers investigate issues that can inform us of how the student/mentor relationship is facilitated and supported.

Aim: The aim of the project was to explore the perspectives of midwifery mentors who had experienced challenges with mentoring students, to determine what the challenges are, and what support they need, as mentors. 

Methods: An online anonymous survey containing qualitative questions was used to identify the challenges faced by mentors, and asked them to provide recommendations for improving their delivery of mentorship. Three themes emerged; challenges of providing mentorship – student related; challenges of providing mentorship – work related; and what needed to be done to improve mentoring. 

Discussion: Mentors shared their experiences of mentoring students and the issues they had faced. Conclusions: Recommendations are made that acknowledges the important role of midwifery mentorship and suggest the introduction of preparation for mentorship training for midwives working with students.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-142
Number of pages8
JournalCollegian (Royal College of Nursing, Australia)
Issue number1
Early online date23 Aug 2020
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2021


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