Coaching in the nursing profession involves the processes consisting in passing clinical wisdom and competencies while mentoring entails being helpful, inspiring, and demonstrating a nurturing behavior to enable amateur nurses to advance their skills (Walker-Reed, 2016). These features are further broken down into various segments the combination of which constitutes an effective coach and mentor. According to Walsh (2014), a good mentor ought to be in a position to demonstrate support through the display of a listening, humanist, and encouraging approach to issues of concern. Furthermore, coaching and mentorship roles involve the trait of giving a constructive feedback as an encouragement to the learners to improve their personal and professional development.
It is also outlined that a nurse coach and mentor exhibits the characteristics of being a challenger by providing the student with the platform to question the existing norms. Besides, it is critical for a nurse mentor to embody the trait of a problem-solver so that he is in a position to assist the students when they are facing difficulty in executing the assigned tasks or when they are addressing the task of interest. Furthermore, an excellent coach should be an envisioner and display the potential of embracing change and motivating the nurse student to perceive beyond the present. The last relevant trait that an effective coach and mentor should demonstrate is the skill of being an eye-opener so that he can assist the learner to see beyond the team limits. In summary, therefore, an effective coach should be able to be supportive, issue productive feedback, be a problem-solver, embody an envisioning character and act as an eye-opener to the learner (Walsh, 2014).
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