Relationship matters. The long months of the pandemic have reminded us of this valuable lesson. As new nurses enter the profession, mentoring is a way to foster a relationship that provides needed support, encouragement, and growth both personally and professionally.
Would you pray and consider about becoming a mentor? You’ll find the application and helpful resources below. Questions? Please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org – we would welcome the opportunity to speak more with you.
What is Mentorship?
Vance and Olson in The Mentor Connection in Nursing define mentorship as “a developmental, empowering, nurturing relationship extending over time, in which mutual sharing, learning, and growth occur” (Nickitas, 2014, p. 66).
Reference: Nickitas, D. M. (2014). Mentorship in nursing: An interview with Connie Vance. Nursing Economics, 32(2), 65 – 69. http://www.nursingeconomics.net/necfiles/news/MA_14_p65.pdf
Mentorship From a Christian Perspective
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).
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 (New International Version Bible, 1973/2011)
Christy Secor, DNP, RN, CDWF · NCF Professional Ministries Director
Dameron, C. M. (2013). Fostering future nurses. Journal of Christian Nursing, 30(2), 75. doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0b013e318285cb0c
New International Version Bible. (2011). Biblica, Inc. (Original work published in 1973)
Building a Relationship with a Mentee
- This resource, published by I-TECH, shares important personal and communication skills needed by the mentee. I-TECH is a collaboration of the University of Washington and the University of California, San Francisco and supported through funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) HIV/AIDS Bureau and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Things to Do Together: Mentor-Mentee Meetings
- Resource from the NIH-HHS Mentoring Program.
- Blog post written by Tim Keller (2012).
- Written by Mary Thompson MSN, RN / former Director of Nurses Christian Fellowship and a member of the Twin Cities NCF Leadership Team.