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The Importance of Finding a Nurse Mentor

Posted April 15, 2019

Do you have a nurse mentor? If not, it is time to consider looking for one. Finding a mentor as a new nurse is one of the most important steps you can take toward your future success.

What is a Mentor?

Most importantly, a mentor is someone who is always there to listen to you and help you along your nursing journey. Your mentor should be a seasoned professional with lots of nursing experience under their belt that they are willing to share with you.

A mentor is often not your preceptor or someone else who supervises you and your work. In fact, you don’t have to work with or in the same work setting as your mentor (Finding a Nurse Mentor 2017).

The most important tasks of a mentor are to offer practical advice and emotional support. Being a nurse can be difficult, especially when you are first starting out, so having a friend that you can rely on to help you through the rough patches will be extremely beneficial.

How to Find a Mentor

Keep your eyes open! You will meet lots of experienced nurses toward the beginning of your career. Know what you are looking for and need in a mentor and then search for those qualities in the nurses you come across (Sherman and Piquion 2016).

It is important to look for a mentor who you feel comfortable talking to and keeping in touch with. A mentor cannot help you unless you are willing to share your goals, problems, and feelings with them (Sherman and Piquion 2016).

When you find a nurse that meets all of your qualifications, don’t be afraid to sit them down and ask if they are willing to mentor you.

Why Finding a Mentor is so Important

A couple of decades ago, your mentor was in the same position as you. This means that they can offer practical advice about entering the nursing profession. Along with giving guidance, mentors can also open up amazing opportunities for new nurses and introduce them to even more people that will be able to help further their careers (Sherman and Piquion 2016).

Besides caring about your career, a good mentor cares about you as a person. They are there to provide support and encouragement when you need it most (Finding a Nurse Mentor 2017).

Finding the right nurse to fill that important mentor role is critical. Having an experienced nurse by your side early on in your career can be extremely influential to your success. Who knows? Maybe your relationship with your mentor will one day inspire you to return the favor and take a new nurse under your experienced wing.

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