What influences mentors to pass or fail students?

Lynn Brown, Valerie Douglas, John Garrity, Chew Kim Shepherd

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The aim of the study was to establish mentorship practice in relation to the University of the West of Scotland pre-registration nursing students. Surveys
were sent to 4,341 mentors, with a 41 per cent response rate. Results show that 18 per cent of participants had passed a failing student. A number of factors influenced mentors' decisions, which to some extent echo findings from previous research. However, this study provides new perspectives on failing to fail
and considers the supportive role of universities in relation to mentors and students' practice placements. The knowledge derived from this study will help inform mentoring and mentorship practice to ensure only safe
and competent practitioners gain entry to the register.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16-21
Number of pages6
JournalNursing Management (Harrow, London, England : 1994)
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2012


  • Mentor
  • Mentorship
  • Nursing student
  • Assessment
  • Failing to fail


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