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Be a Nursing Mentor

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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.