Mentoring

The Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) is pleased to offer you the tools for designing a successful mentoring program whether you are a mentor, mentee, or a mentoring program site coordinator at a hospital or other agency.

The AMSN Mentoring Program is designed to foster professional development in new graduate nurses and other nurses assuming a new role.

The program objectives are to:

•    Develop supportive and encouraging relationships
•    Guide nurses in their professional, personal, and interpersonal growth
•    Promote mutuality and sharing based on the needs of colleagues
•    Communicate information concerning expectations, learning opportunities, and stressors

Why a Mentoring Program?

The nursing shortage, the hectic practice environment, and statistics on the numbers of new graduate nurses who leave their first nursing position within the first year were critical factors in the decision of AMSN to develop this program in 2002.

Developed initially as a more structured Nurses Nurturing NursesTM (N3) program, it has evolved over time from an AMSN-directed program to an online mentoring program, and now a self-directed format.

The intent of this format is to provide valid resources to help mentors, mentees, and site coordinators become knowledgeable and effective in their roles.

AMSN is providing its newly evolved Mentoring Program as a service and resource to the medical-surgical nursing community. The program will help you design and implement a successful mentoring program of your own.

You may use and customize the information and tools provided in any manner you deem appropriate for your agency or yourself.

AMSN Mentoring Program Components

Contains mentoring information, directions for implementing a mentoring relationship, mentor self-assessment, tips for successful mentoring, mentoring program plan, and program evaluation tools.

The AMSN Mentoring Program contains three components:

Mentor Guide

Mentor Guide

Contains mentoring information, directions for implementing a mentoring relationship, mentor self-assessment, tips for successful mentoring, mentoring program plan, and program evaluation tools.

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This file allows you to complete it as you work. In order to use this feature, the file must be opened in the (free) Adobe Acrobat Reader

Mentee Guide

Mentee Guide

Contains information for the mentee; directions for success in a mentoring relationship, exercises for the mentee, formulating a mentoring program plan and agenda, job satisfaction surveys, and program evaluation tools.

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This file allows you to complete it as you work. In order to use this feature, the file must be opened in the (free) Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Site Coordinator Guide

Site Coordinator Guide

Contains mentoring information, tips for coordinating a mentoring program, role descriptions for the site coordinator, mentor and mentee, and a timeline/checklist for managing the program.

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This file allows you to complete it as you work. In order to use this feature, the file must be opened in the (free) Adobe Acrobat Reader.

AMSN Executive Director Cynthia Hnatiuk, EdD, RN, CAE, FAAN
AMSN Chief Executive Officer
Cynthia Hnatiuk, EdD, RN, CAE, FAAN.

Additional Resources

Introduction to Mentoring - This article is also contained in the above guides. It is an excellent resource that discusses the concept of mentoring, matching mentors and mentees, tips for mentoring novice nurses, phases of the mentoring relationship, characteristics of successful mentoring, mentor and mentee roles, potential problems with mentoring, and evaluating the mentoring relationship (PDF).

Mentoring Nurses For Success - This full-length feature article about mentoring was written by AMSN Chief Executive Officer, Cynthia Nowicki Hnatiuk, EdD, RN, CAE, FAAN, for Minority Nurse (PDF).

Mentoring The Stars: A Program for Volunteer Board Leaders, 2nd edition - This book defines the competencies association board members need to become successful leaders.

Nurses Nurturing NursesTM: Outcomes and Lessons Learned - Retention of new graduate nurses is a challenge for acute care agencies. The Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses sponsored a hospital-based formal mentorship program, Nurses Nurturing Nurses, for interested agencies. The outcomes and lessons learned from this project are presented.

Acknowledgments

The Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses would like to acknowledge the contribution and support of these individuals and organizations for their assistance in the development of this program. Read the Acknowledgments (PDF).

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