Learning is a continuous, life-long process that occurs at any developmental level and ideally is evidenced by a consistent change in behavior. Students bring to the learning environment previous life experiences that influence attitudes and motivation to learn. To facilitate learning, faculty serve as teachers, resources, mentors and professional role models for students. Faculty use a variety of teaching-learning strategies to facilitate the students’ practices of professional and advanced nursing.

The goal of nursing education is to assist students to think critically, problem solve creatively and practice nursing from a caring perspective. This education integrates concepts, principles and theories from nursing and the related arts, sciences and humanities. Nursing students are empowered to assist clients to meet their health care needs and accomplish developmental tasks.

An expected outcome of nursing education is the socialization of graduates into professional nursing roles. Undergraduate nursing students are prepared to function as generalists in diverse roles, in a variety of settings, using cultural sensitivity, standards of practice and professional guidelines. Graduate nursing students develop expertise in advanced nursing roles to meet the health and educational needs of patients and their profession.

Mentor Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with student and faculty member to provide learning opportunities that assist the RN-BSN student to meet course learning objectives
  • Share expertise and knowledge of one’s role with RN-BSN student
  • Serve as a resource person and consultant for the student’s Field Experiences
  • Notify the faculty member (via email or phone) of any concerns they may have with the RN-BSN student's performance
  • Serve as a professional role model for the student

Faculty Responsibilities

  • Assist the student with meeting the objectives of the assigned field experience
  • At the beginning of the semester, validate student has a current RN license, CPR certification, liability insurance and the results of a criminal background check on file
  • Provide prompt student feedback on their assignments and projects to guide them in their field experiences
  • Be available to mentor via e-mail and phone for any questions or concerns
  • Be available to assist in resolving problems/ conflicts that the mentor and student have not been able to mutually resolve
  • Assume ultimate responsibility for the student’s evaluation

Student Responsibilities

  • Establish contact with the mentor at the beginning of the course semester
  • Provide mentor with the course field experience assignment
  • Provide mentor with time frame that they will complete the assignment
  • Collaborate with mentor to plan learning experiences to complete the assignment
  • Dress according to the agency dress code where they are completing their field experience assignment and wear the Southeast Missouri State University Student name badge when completing the field experience in the agency
  • Maintain current CPR certification, RN license, liability insurance and criminal background check on file with Certified Background Check


Crisp Hall 213
Department of Nursing
One University Plaza, MS 8300
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701