In the know: Make your move as a mentor

Stressed Out Nurses Weekly, February 2, 2009

Being a mentor means you have a skill set that allows you to nurture those who may be lost or may need a lot of reassurance as they grow into a new position. What are some of these skills, you ask? Could you be a mentor? Let's check them out:

  • Mentors are wise. They have had many life experiences, both on the job and off-duty, which have given them some insight into how to handle different situations.
  • Mentors are patient. They will listen actively to you and help lead you to the right decision. They don't make decisions for you, but they help you find your own answer in your own time and in your own way.
  • Mentors are reliable and consistent. They don't confuse you or cause you angst.

If the idea of being a mentor interests you, be sure to tell your director. Usually mentees choose their own mentors based on a combination of factors, including personality, availability, trust, and comfort in the idea that they will be there for them when they are needed and will not be judgmental or harsh.

Source: Stressed Out About Your Nursing Career, HCPro, Inc. 2008. Be sure to pick up your copy today!


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