Mentoring is a relationship fostering needed support and opportunities for growth for both the mentor and the mentee as they learn from one another during the many transitions that can occur during the course of our educational and professional careers. Mentoring relationships can benefit students within an undergraduate or advanced degree nursing program, new grads in the challenges faced during the early years of clinical practice, or at any time when a nurse experiences a change to a new role or position in their professional practice.
Carrie Dameron describes the unique Christian nursing mentorship experience as one where “the journey of faith in professional nursing can be facilitated through a combination of discipleship and mentorship. Christian nursing mentorship focuses on both faith and professional development” (2013, p. 75). The Twin Cities Nurses Christian Fellowship professional nurse group participated in a mentorship pilot program in 2019 – 2020 with new graduate nurses from local nursing programs. In the months to come, we’ll be adding resources and tools here that can be of help you as you consider the possibility of being mentored or in being a mentor.
We know the profession of nursing can be a challenging one – that has never been more true for us. Mentoring can equip us for thriving in the new roles, difficulties, and stresses we face. Mentoring can build more than our profession. It can equip us as followers of Jesus to flourish as we connect our faith and practice in the work we do giving us a renewed sense of purpose and identify found in Jesus Christ. As we read in the Old Testament:
Two are better than one, because they
have a good return for their labor:
If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.
Ecclesiastes 4: 9-10 (NIV)
If you have an interest in serving as a mentor, please fill out the NCF Mentorship Application. If you have an interest in being mentored, reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org – we’d be happy to talk with you about the possibilities.
Christy Secor, DNP, RN, CDWF · NCF Professional Ministries Director
Dameron, C. M. (2013). Fostering future nurses. Journal of Christian Nursing, 30(2), 75.
NCF Mentor Guide
Resources for Mentorship
NCF Mentorship Application