Practice supervisors do not necessarily have to be registered nurses to undertake this role. For example, an adult nursing student gaining experience in an operating department might have a qualified operating department practitioner as a practice supervisor. Neither do practice supervisors have to be registered nurses in the same field of practice as the student. For example, a mental health nursing student gaining experience with a Drug and Alcohol Team might have an adult registered nurse as a practice supervisor.
However, if a student requires summative assessment against the NMC competencies during a complementary practice experience, then a mentor who meets the NMC mentor standard (NMC 2008) must be identified to support the student. (You can review the NMC criteria for this standard by reading Section 2.1.1. on page 21 (pdf)).Next section: Roles and responsibilities of the Practice Tutor