Mentorship for paramedic practice: are we there yet?

Mentorship is a key element of professional life, underpinning student development and supporting qualified staff as they advance their own clinical and professional practice. Mentorship has its origins in industry in the US and was adopted, largely unchallenged, into nursing practice in the UK in the 1980s. Although there is a wealth of evidence surrounding mentorship in nursing, very little published literature exists for mentorship in paramedic practice. The first of four articles, this paper will outline some of the definitions of mentoring and concepts related to mentorship, such as the attributes and qualities of an effective mentor.

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