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Whether you’re a new nurse or have years of experience, a mentoring relationship can shape your career, and even change your life.
Be a mentor
Sharing your experience with a new nurse can make all the difference to their career and help create a new generation of confident and well-prepared nurses.
  • Every mentorship is a unique relationship
    No two mentees are the same. Get to know them for who they are and what they need, and you’ll be able to build a relationship that’s strong and meaningful for both of you.
  • See things from your mentee’s perspective
    Great mentors put themselves in their mentees’ shoes. So ask questions. Listen closely. Understand their background and culture. Sometimes you may need to read between the lines to get what your mentee is experiencing and where they’re coming from.
  • Learn from your mentee
    You may have decades more experience than your mentee. But you can be sure they’ll bring perspectives and ideas informed by their own unique journey. So look at your mentorship as a rich learning opportunity for you, too.

In their own words

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I've served as a mentor to many students and nurses over the years. It's been very rewarding. I've had students that are now faculty members, and that's very exciting.”
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
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It's not always easy, but they're there. There are plenty of people, plenty of nurses that are willing to guide you if you're willing to also ask for the help.”
Nurse Practitioner, Medical-Surgical Nurse

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What role does mentorship play in nursing?

Finding or being a mentor can help shape a career and improve the nursing profession as a whole.

Find a mentor

Get started
Get started

Starting a new job or career can be much smoother when someone with well-established knowledge and skills shows you the way. Nursing is no exception.

Look for a role model
Look for a role model

When you’re thinking about a potential mentor, you’ll obviously want someone you like and look up to. But it can be even better if they have skills that apply to your own career goals.

Set expectations
Set expectations

It will help both you and your mentor if you have a clear idea of what you want from the relationship from the start. It can help shape the way you work and achieve results together.

Work together
Work together

Mentorship isn’t something you “get.” It’s something you participate in. Yes, your mentor will share their authority and experience, but the more you put into the relationship, the more you’ll get out of it.

Stay in touch
Stay in touch

You’ll probably have more than one mentor in your career, and you’ll learn something different from each one. These can be lifelong relationships, so stay in touch when you’ve changed jobs or been promoted.

Mentorship resources

Here are some places to find more about mentorship.

National Mentoring Partnership
Become or find a mentor in a few easy steps.
Sigma Global Nursing Excellence
Connect and find a mentor within a global community of nurses.
Empower and inspire other nurses by getting involved as an advocate for nursing.
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Group of smiling nurses in scrubs holding folders
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