When someone gives an acceptance speech at an awards ceremony or writes
an acknowledgments page in a book, he or she often thanks friends and
family, others in the field who were inspirational, as well as professors
that provided the education that started the career path. As you can see
from these speeches and acknowledgments pages, most men and women don't
achieve their career goals on their own. Not only do they benefit from
the instruction of teachers and professors, as well as the support of
coworkers and employers, but many people move forward and upward with
the help of their mentors. The field of nursing is no exception to this.
What is a nursing mentor?
A nursing mentor is someone who works in the
field of nursing who provides advice, guidance, and support as you
go through your nursing education and career. A mentor is someone
who will work closely with you as you make career decisions and
achieve your goals. A mentor goes beyond simple academic advising or
preparing you for job interviews. Instead, a nursing mentor is someone
who will help you get on the right path for your short- and long-term
goals in the field of nursing. Sometimes this means getting you in touch
with people who can help you, while other times it means helping you
figure out whether a particular job opportunity is right for you or not.
Why are nursing mentors beneficial?
Nursing mentors can help you move your career in the
direction you want it to go without as much trial and error. Ideally, a
mentor is in the position you would like to have, or has been in that
position in the past. So he or she can help you make decisions in your
education and career that will put you on the right path in order to
meet your long-term goals. A nursing mentor can also provide you with
emotional support. Whether you're struggling to study for exams or
frustrated with a coworker, a mentor can be there to help you work
through problems, encourage you to persevere, or simply listen to you
complain. A mentor can also give you inside information you wouldn't
otherwise have. For example, he or she might know of a healthcare
professional that is difficult to work with, but will help you grow.
How do I choose a nursing mentor?
A nursing mentor has to be chosen carefully. This is someone
who will work with you for a long time, so it has to be someone you get along
with and someone you admire in the nursing field. By choosing someone you get
along with, you'll have a friendly relationship on top of a mentoring relationship.
If you get along with your mentor, you're more likely to take his or her advice
and guidance. If you choose someone you admire in the nursing field, you're more
likely to have a mentor whose career you'd like to follow. This will ensure
that the advice your mentor gives you will be in line with your career goals.
Sometimes, a nursing mentor is not chosen at all. Instead, the relationship of
mentor and student develops from a relationship that already exists. For example,
a nursing student may find she has a strong connection with her academic advisor,
and that develops into a mentoring relationship after graduation.
Most people know they can't get where they want to be on their own. A nursing
mentor is someone who can help guide you and shape your nursing career into
what you want it to be. Through your mentor's advice, support, and connections,
you can put yourself on the right path to achieve your goals so you can look
back on your nursing career and count yourself a success.