Mentor Program 2023

We are preparing for the 2023 Cohort: Create your Mentor/Mentee profile now

Our Member Leaders share a common experience and belief.

To be truly competent and impactful as a Nurse Leader is more than just "time in service". It requires an array of capabilities gained and honed through diverse experiences. Is that enough? Of course not.

The short list or requirements: education, consistent improvement, opportunity, sponsorship, trial and error, feedback and empowerment. All are major components influencing the success of a Nurse Leaders career. We must daily wrestle with challenges and make decisions, too often with a great deal of uncertainty. It is a uniquely stressful experience, often largely not entirely in our scope of control. Therefore how can you improve the likelihood, that as a Leader, you are able to advance in your role, take on new challenges, learn and succeed going forward? 

Welcome to the NWONL Mentoring Program!

Do you feel like there is more to gain and offer as a Nursing Leader?  Are you a Nurse Leader seeking clarity, guidance and inspiration to advance your practice? Are you an Senior Nurse Leader ready advance the careers of aspiring leaders and in turn hone your own leader development capabilities? We, like you, believe that Mentorship, when done well and consistently, is an incredibly powerful tool to achieve these goals.

As a NWONL Member you have the opportunity, included with your Membership, of being both a Mentor and a Mentee. Our cohort launches in 2022 and is backed by the single most trusted mentoring program development platform available for Nursing Leaders: MentorLead. They are experts in bringing Mentor and Mentee together meaningfully to facilitate amazing outcomes. We are not alone in our choice of an expert provider; AONL, ACNL, Multi-Care, Yale, Stanford, plus a myriad of others, are all in agreement. 

Program FAQs

Q: Is there a cost to participate in the mentoring program?

No, this is a benefit of your NWONL membership.

Q. What is mentoring?

Mentoring is a best practice for driving a mutually rewarding learning experience and the growth and development of both mentor and mentee. The mentor, a more experienced individual, is the guide and support who facilitates the transfer of knowledge, formally or informally.

The central principle of mentoring is learning through others. Having the guidance, encouragement and support of a trusted and experienced mentor can provide you with a broad range of personal and professional benefits, which ultimately lead to improved engagement and performance in the workplace.

Q. What is the Mentoring Program?

The Mentoring Program provides a network of resources to support, guide and enhance your growth in your professional development journey, and imparts a sense of belonging to the broader culture in a safe non-threatening environment. Consider it a community of support that puts you in control of your development.

Mentoring Relationships are for a longer term anywhere from 3 months – 12months.  A goal that threads its way through the relationship tenure and fosters ongoing opportunities to be developed through mentoring conversations.

Q. What are the benefits of a Mentorship Program?

A Mentorship Program

For Mentors

For Mentees

Q. What are the criteria/requirements for being a mentor?

Q. What are my responsibilities as a Mentor?

To motivate, guide, and support setting and achieving goals to benefit the mentee.

  1. Maintain confidentiality

  2. Be accessible and flexible: Take personal interest in the mentoring relationship and be available to provide support and professional guidance.

  3. Listen with the intention to understand.

  4. Provide feedback that contributes to growth and development, and success.

  5. Help mentee identify skills/talents that can be developed

  6. Explore options and guide Mentee to available resources

  7. Share your own experience/stories to enhance the experience. 

  8. Provide opportunities for Mentee to practice newly learned skills.

Q: What are my responsibilities as a Mentee? 

To learn, motivate, guide, and support setting and achieving goals to benefit the partnership.

  1. Maintain confidentiality

  2. Be accessible and flexible

  3. Listen with the intention to learn.

  4. Ask for feedback to grow and develop, and succeed.

  5. Identify skills/talents to develop with Mentor 

  6. Explore options and resources recommended by Mentor

  7. Share your own experience/stories to enhance the experience. 

  8. Embrace opportunities to practice newly learned skills.

Q: How will Mentors and Mentees be matched?

Create Your Mentor/Mentee Profile Now!