Be a Nursing Mentor
What is a nursing mentor?
- A mentor is a wise and trusted advisor.
- A mentor helps nursing students develop their own vision for the future.
- Mentors foster caring and supportive relationships.
- A structured 1 to 1 relationship/partnership that focuses on the needs of the student.
Why be a nursing mentor?
- Strengthen the nursing profession.
- Share knowledge and expertise.
- Help a student nurse grow and develop into a professional.
- Invest in the future.
- Participate in a mutual sharing relationship.
- A Registered Nurse with a minimum of Baccalaureate preparation.
- Invest time, energy and interest in the support of a nursing student.
- Understanding of the needs of the nursing student.
- Participate in one-to-two Bring Diversity to Nursing academic and/or social activities per semester.
- Possess enthusiasm and a sense of humor.
- Initiate contact with his/her student within one week of assignment. If contacts have failed after three attempts, notify the BDN Coordinator of Diversity Support Services. (Note: Many students who say they need help also say they will not initiate searches for appropriate resources).
- Schedule a person-to-person contact.
- Follow-up with weekly phone or e-mail contacts.
- Monthly e-mail update to BDN Coordinator. Updates are due by the end of each month.
- Above all, be yourself. Try to end sessions on a positive note. Realize there are no failures in a mentorship. Both you and your student will learn as much from mistakes as from successes.
For more information please contact Laura Hajjar.