Tips from TSE: Developing the next generation of nursing leaders

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, January 15, 2010

It takes a special person to be a mentor, as being one requires time, energy, and commitment to the task. "I became a mentor from a desire to see other people grow and develop and to assist them to do just that," says Barbara Brunt, MA, MN, RN-BC, NE-BC, director of nursing education and staff development at the Summa Health System in Akron, OH.

Her organization's mentor program is called Mentoring Aspiring Professionals (MAP). Before we discuss the components of MAP, it will be helpful to differentiate between a preceptor program and a mentor program. Some organizations use the terms interchangeably, which can become a real problem for the organization and employees.

Editor's note: This excerpt was adapted from the January 2010 issue of The Staff Educator. Discover all the benefits of subscribing to The Staff Educator!

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