By Traci Hanlon MN, RN, Consultant at Creative Healthcare Management
Mentoring Matters: Part II
In Mentoring Matters: Part I, I defined the mentor/mentee relationship as a reciprocal and collaborative relationship that sets out to assist the mentee with his or her professional development by defining goals, actions, and behaviors that will ultimately help the mentee be successful.
This partnership is not always an intuitive process and is best served if both mentor and mentee establish a few clearly articulated goals early on in the mentoring relationship.
Three Goals for Successful Mentoring Relationships
Getting the Most Out of Mentoring Relationships
Mentoring sessions focused using these three guidelines will assist both mentors and mentees in using their time effectively to get the most out of the relationship. However, there may be times when the mentee needs something that is not articulated in the plan, such as emotional support or just a listening ear. This is a perfectly acceptable part of the mentor/mentee relationship and the mentor should be flexible to accommodate such needs. Getting back on track and focused on the mentee’s goals will be easier with an established and agreed upon action plan.
In Mentoring Matters: Part III, I will discuss how to set your mentee up for success during your initial mentoring session. We will explore how to establish safety in the first mentoring session by discussing the “what if’s” in a mentoring relationship.
Traci Hanlon MN, RN is a consultant with Creative Healthcare Management and specializes in preceptor, nursing orientation, and transition to practice program development.
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