Teaching and assessing are two dimensions within the same learning process rather challenging and demanding. Nor assessing can stand alone neither teaching can be considered comprehensive if evaluation has not taken place. Personal characteristics of the assessor and successful management of the factors which interfere within this learning process in classroom and in nursing clinical practice are essential for ensuring that learning takes place. This article attempts to discuss the role of the teacher as a facilitator of learning in teaching and assessing nursing students. Significant factors which influenced the assessment process are also critically discussed. A meaningful mentor – student relationship facilitates the acquisition of knowledge and skills but also assists the creation of a worth ? remembering educational experience.