Anyone for an e-Cuppa?
Anyone for an E‑cuppa?
Marcia Hakendorf, Professional Officer at CRANAplus, shared an ‘e‑cuppa’ on Skype with Katrina Rohrlach [e‑mentee] and Leanne McGill (e‑mentor) who were celebrating 12 months with the CRANAplus LINKS mentoring program.
I was interested to hear how the mentoring got started, what they had both learned, and how they have grown in both experiential learning and gaining formal knowledge throughout that time.
Katrina had her first mentoring session with Leanne while at home in the Barossa, then moved to Port Augusta to undertake her Transitional to Professional Practice Program at Port Augusta Hospital with Country Health SA. Throughout the year she said she has felt encouraged, supported, and that it was great to have an ‘outside’ opinion affirming that she was on the right track.
Katrina talked about how she set an agenda for each meeting with a list of things to talk about. This evolving process saw her move from ‘tasks orientated’ to a wholistic approach in patient care. One of the skills she learned from Leanne was the art of visualisation – to visualise the patient care needed before putting it into action to assist with prioritisation of care.
Leanne also taught Katrina about the social determinants of health by using an acronym – SHNAP’EM which covers lifestyle issues such as smoking, housing and hygiene (personal and environmental), nutrition, alcohol intake, physical activity, emotional wellbeing (along with education), medicines and medical checkups.
‘I really enjoyed and benefited from reflecting back on my own practice and then analysing with Leanne different case studies. In particular, using SHNAP’EM enhanced my own learning, made me consider different factors, and changed my approach to patient care. The mentoring process has aided in my developing competency as a professional, as well as an understanding of how nursing is not just a science but an art.’
As an e‑mentor, Leanne who currently works in Katherine Hospital as a regional and remote clinical educator for both her own business and also at Katherine Hospital, said it has been a very rewarding experience to see a new graduate RN grow to the point that she has become very clear about her future career.
Leanne has found the experience of being an e‑mentor while completing her Master of Nursing in Clinical Education has helped her consolidate her own theoretical learning.
She said this has been particularly apparent in the e‑mentoring role and its use of participatory action learning and action research, which is a contemporary method of sharing knowledge through discussion, listening, collaboration, reflection and relationship-building within one’s professional community (Zuber-Skerritt, 2015).
Leanne and Katrina both described the e‑mentoring as a 2‑way process, commenting on one particular point during the 12 months when they were both working in the Emergency Department of their respective hospitals and were able to share similar experiences.
Katrina has now started postgraduate renal studies and is working in the Renal Satellite Unit at Port Augusta Hospital.
All the very best to you both with your continued mentoring for the next 12 months.
Zuber-Skerritt, O. (2015). Participatory Action Learning and Action Research (PALAR) for Community Engagement: A Theoretical Framework. Educational Research for Social Change (ERSC), 4, 1, 5 – 25.