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Why Mentors Matter

The secret to career advancement, longevity in the workplace and general satisfaction with your work may be who helps you along the way.

You don’t have to be a seasoned nursing vet to know that this is a challenging profession. When nurses first enter the field, the challenges of the job can prove to be overwhelming. In fact, they’re often insurmountable—various studies show that anywhere from 23 – 60% of new nurses leave their first job or leave nursing altogether in their first two years. We hate to see that happen, and after all of your training, we’re sure you don’t want to be part of those statistics either.

One thing that can help carry a new nurse through those challenging first years is a professional mentor. Partnering with a more experienced colleague who’s been in your shoes and can help you progress along a positive path is invaluable. In this article by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the perks of partnering with an experienced mentor are made clear: a mentor can help a new nurse find professional resources, write grant applications, publish scholarly articles and refine research goals, all while offering ongoing advice about career advancement and maintaining work-life balance.

All of this helps with retention, which is why many healthcare organizations are implementing in-house mentoring programs. A focus on mentorship helps new nurses navigate the tough terrain of their first few years, making them less likely to change jobs. And, the mentor-mentee relationship benefits both sides, as mentors are introduced to the challenges presented to the next generation of nurses, as well as to new technologies and models of care.

If you’d like to identify a mentor for yourself, follow these steps from Wilkes University to get started:

  • Make a list of potential candidates
  • Reach out to them—set up a time to have coffee, letting them know your intentions
  • Ask questions and be clear about what you hope to learn, as well as why you think they’d be a good fit
  • Be respectful of your mentor’s time, follow their advice and set progressive goals

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Call Advantage Medical Professionals 504.456.0073

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