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Immediate Openings: Role Models and Mentors

Immediate Openings: Role Models and Mentors

Laura Wisniewski RN, BS, CIC

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The status of role model is awarded to an individual by someone else, often without their awareness. Encounters may be brief, intermittent or extended over a period of time. The role model exhibits certain skills or behaviors that are emulated by another. It is possible to have several role models at the same time. It is also possible to be a role model to many individuals.

Preceptors are experienced staff members that assist in the training of new nurses during orientation. The role of preceptor is an assigned one-to-one relationship for a pre-set time limit. The focus is real world application and evaluation. Many preceptors are excellent role models and go on to become mentors.

A mentor is a wise counselor or a career role model to emulate. Classic mentoring is a voluntary relationship between two people that develops over time. Two factors must exist in order for mentoring to occur. First, the mentor must see potential in the protégé and be willing to help develop that potential. Second, the protégé values the mentor’s experience and wishes to learn from the mentor. Mentoring fosters collegial relationships, enhances self esteem, and promotes professional development.

The demand for role models and mentors in nursing has never been greater. Experts predict a shortfall of 500,000 to 1 million nurses in the United States by the year 2020. A combination of economic and social factors account for the current nursing shortage. Aging Baby Boomers are placing an unprecedented demand on health care. The largest demographic group of nurses is comprised of women from the Baby Boomer generation; many of which plan to retire within the next decade. The nursing profession has continued to struggle to attract younger generations, men, and minorities. There is also a severe shortage of nursing instructors and qualified applicants are being turned away from nursing schools.

The transfer of nursing knowledge is a complex experiential process. Nursing skills cannot safely be learned by trial and error. In order to advance through Benner’s nursing skill development stages, from novice to expert, nurses need the guidance of other nurses. Upon hire into an organization graduate nurses are provided an initial orientation period with a preceptor. However, it takes 2-3 years of experience in the same practice setting to become a competent practitioner. Many new nurses are exiting their positions or the profession before ever reaching this level. The reasons cited most often for leaving are lack of training and support.

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    wiyuna

    almost 6 years ago

    126 comments

    nice story ^^

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    frumpster65

    almost 6 years ago

    88 comments

    Great article...I too think this would be a good article to email to other nurses...
    RonRose...I do have to ask...if yuo see a new nurse whom you think is doing a shoddy job..have you offered help or instruction??
    Maybe they arent "shoddy" ..maybe they are just "struggling"

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    kstiltner1

    about 6 years ago

    7170 comments

    Awesome story.

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    ronrose1950

    about 6 years ago

    4 comments

    I have been a nurse for 20 yr. Throughout my career I have seen the best and some of the worst nurses out there. Most recently I have worked for a local hospice in Fl. since there is such a nursing shortage I've noticed that if a bad nurse gets hired no matter what she does it's ok. How can this be? Just because there is a shortage do we let any shoddy nurse continue to practice? I have become very disheartened by this trend that I am considering another career choice. Help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    margeaux

    about 6 years ago

    18 comments

    where does one find a good nursing school in Los Angeles?

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    KasieRN

    about 6 years ago

    10 comments

    Loved this article! Though I am "retired" ...the physician I worked for retired so I did too! I still want to stay active in nursing and the idea of teaching is sooo appealing. I think of the women who mentored me in newborn nursery and post partum as a new grad. I will never forget them.
    For the past 20 years or so I do retreats on "Self Awareness and Healing". I love it! There is so much to share and give to the next generation coming up. I want to "work" as long as I have great health and stamina! Kasie

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    kathymaria

    over 6 years ago

    2 comments

    It would be so wonderful to be a nurse just like trudy and to be able to teach others what i have learnt from experience. I guess it takes an open mind to be willing to learn and take corrections and tolerance along with putting the knowledge of nursing school to practise.

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    Suzanne2010

    over 6 years ago

    24 comments

    This is an article that should be posted on the nuses breakroom board. I just don't understand how someone who is a nurse could be so hateful to another. Especially when the newbie will eventually become experienced and take some of the "load off" the other nurses! KasieRn: I think you would be PERFECT to help nursing students seeing as you are retired and would actually be more accesable than someone still in the work force! I bet students would LOVE to have an informal "chat session" with you -even once a week- Maybe you could post a message at the local community college on the RN hallway. I'd personally love something like that. (Can you tell I'm a first semester RN student?) :)

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    roselee99

    over 6 years ago

    2 comments

    hi i would like to be a nurse mentor my name is Rose Lee Montgomery and i am a CENA and i am woeking on my RN i hope to have it soon. i enjoy nurse because i love taking care of my patient and being around my patients what i like the most is when i can make them smile. so iam looking forward of join your team of mentors. thank you.

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    KasieRN

    over 6 years ago

    10 comments

    Very interesting and inspiring article. I had wonderful mentors in my nursing career and only wish I wasn't retired and continue to be for some young nurse in her beginning years. New grads need someone to look up to and have inspiration.

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    ladybugbow

    over 6 years ago

    18 comments

    an awesome mentor can make a world of difference

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    kstiltner1

    over 6 years ago

    7170 comments

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    ranessa

    over 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I am getting ready to take my LPN state boards this month and I am hoping to encounter a wonderful mentor to encourage me that I have chosen the right path.

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