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RN to BSN Mentorship Model Pilot

The PNSO Mentorship Subcommittee, is partnering with Human Resources, to launch a 6 month mentorship program pilot in January 2017.

The program will pair ADN/Diploma nurses with nurses who achieved their BSN degree while practicing full/part time.  This pilot will help evaluate mentor support for ADN/Diploma nurses, it is aligned with our Professional Practice Model element of Lifelong Learning, and promotes the goals in the 2014-2016 Nursing Strategic Plan for educational progression.

Applications for mentors and mentees, as well as the program outline can be found on the PNSO Professional Development/Mentorship website.
Mentor application: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FKDK2XX
Mentee application: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FYYG9Y5

Applications will be accepted through November 7th (EXTENDED DEADLINE!).  Notifications will be made in December.


What is a Mentor? How does Mentoring differ from Precepting?

Mentoring is defined by the ANA as “a one-to-one trusting relationship that encompasses formal or informal supporting, guiding, coaching, teaching, role modeling, counseling, advocating and networking. Mentoring occurs within and/or outside the clinical setting and includes personal and career guidance.”

"Mentors are coaches, advisors, friends, cheerleaders and counselors", according to The Health Alliance of MidAmerica LLC, which offers this resource describing the difference between a Mentor's and Preceptor's role in guiding professional development.

Seeking out a mentor is the professional responsibility of individual nurses at all levels of clinical expertise.

Mentorship Benefits

  • For the individual nurse: A mentor can provide a useful perspective in your development as a well-rounded professional nurse. Building your relationship over time, a mentor can provide you with guidance and encouragement in seeking out growth experiences to expand your nursing expertise and fulfill your personal career goals.
  • For the mentor him/herself: Mentoring can offer a chance to reflect on your own career, your own strengths and growth areas, and your influence as an experienced member of our interprofessional team! What has been valuable in shaping your nursing practice? What resources did you wish you had, earlier in your career?
  • For the interprofessional team: As part of UVA nurses' commitment to Relationship-Based Care, mentorship can be one strategy to retain our valued nursing colleagues!

Characteristics of a Mentor:

  • Experienced professional
  • Trustworthy, non-threatening, in a non-authoritative role
  • Understands the health system and how it works, can network organizationally and professionally
  • Provides socialization to unit/organization culture
  • Excellent communication skills, able to identify both strengths and areas for growth
  • Provides resources

Resources to Help You Structure the Mentorship Experience:


Contact us to help expand our Mentoring Toolkit!

Important Dates for 2016

2016 Quarterly meetings for mentors

  • 1/28/2016, 0900 - 1000, DCRs
  • 4/28/2016, 0900 - 1000, DCRs
  • 7/28/2016, 0900 - 1000, DCRs
  • 10/27/2016, 0900 - 1000, DCRs
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