Do You Need an Online Mentor?

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After completing nursing school, you’ll be excited about your first job. When you begin work, you’ll attend an orientation program and try to do everything your preceptor tells you. This however, is not the only person who will model how things are done; for you to succeed, you want to study and learn from others as well. Your mentor may not necessarily be the person assigned to precept you, but may be someone you admire and want to emulate.

 

Mentors are not only found in your job or workplace. There are many online nurse mentors you can benefit from.

When I decided I wanted to run this online blog, I got myself a mentor. I’m glad I did because she shortened my learning curve by 50%.

Without a mentor, I would have struggled to try to figure things out by myself. What I learned in one year may have taken two to three years. I still have a mentor today because I realize that for me to make progress I have to be a permanent student, and there is always more to learn.

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What exactly is a mentor’s role?

A mentor inspires and shows you where to go.

A mentor supports and guides your personal career growth.

They focus on being a role model and make suggestions.

They challenge you while encouraging you to move forward.

 

And as John Crosby says;

“Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen and a push in the right direction.”

 

Why some people don’t want a mentor

When we talk about mentoring, we need to talk about trust.

Some people do not trust others to mentor them, and they do not want the feedback that they will receive.

Trust becomes a very important ingredient when seeking a mentor.

Some people feel that if they ask for help then they are putting themselves in a vulnerable situation. This is in fact not the case. When you ask for help, you can only improve and become better.

Others are comfortable with the status quo and do not what to change, and so they will not seek a mentor.

 

Benefits of having a Mentor

  • Having a mentor offers you an easier path to where you want to go.
  • Mentors help you become more focused and better at what you do.
  • Mentors help you increase your self-confidence.
  • A mentor will show you how to accept feedback and how you can also lead.

This post asks a question; do you need an online mentor?

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There are many inspirational articles written by many bloggers who share lots of experiences as nurses. Yes, you can have an online mentor and benefit tremendously.

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Comments

  1. Joyce
    I love the idea of an online mentor, I often don’t see outside the box (hospital) and can only imagine how helpful it would be to talk to someone that is seeing things from a different viewpoint, but same profession! It is always nice to talk to others that might possibly have been in your shoes before.

    • Joyce says:

      True Kelly.
      A good online mentor is one who has walked in the same shoes you are walking. Sometimes we get so used to the hospital environment that it’s easy to forget how diverse Nursing is. Online mentors are becoming very common and have a lot to offer.

  2. I never even thought about an online mentor but this is such a great idea!

    • Joyce says:

      Brittney.
      Online mentors are going to be the way of the future.
      With more people spending time on-line and seeking answers online.
      Thanks for visiting.

  3. You’re absolutely correct, Joyce, to emphasize trust as a bar to effective mentoring. As a group, we experienced nurses present a sufficiently hostile and unforgiving image – the “eat their young” idea is hardly undeserved – that it’s completely reasonable and rational for new nurses to shy from potential mentors. As you also note, to avoid mentoring also greatly impedes professional development: a problem! Experienced nurses owe our young a professional, ethical, and human duty to pass the torch, to offer teaching and support, and make ourselves reliably, safely approachable. Otherwise, we do all patients and future nurses a deep disservice. Thanks for your efforts! Thanks.

    • Joyce says:

      I absolutely agree with you Greg.
      Experienced nurses owe upcoming new nurses their expertise and teaching -in a safe environment.
      Trust can only be built when others feel safe around you.

  4. Online mentoring can also benefit nurses with disabilities. The Internet can facilitate mentor/mentee relationships around the world.
    For example, a nurse with hearing loss is a mentor to a nursing student with hearing loss;
    a nurse with one hand mentors a nursing student with a similar challenge; a nurse with mental health issues mentors another nurse with similar issues.
    Do you have a disability? Want to become a mentor? Need a mentor?
    To learn more, please visit http://www.ExceptionalNurse.com.

    • Joyce says:

      Donna.
      The internet facilitates mentoring in so many aspects. I like what the Exceptional Nurse does. -A great resource for nurses with disabilities.
      Being a mentor benefits both the mentor and mentee. A good mentor loves to see the mentee benefit and make progress.

  5. A mentor online- what a great idea! I think that is such a great idea. Having a mentor can help us grow; encourage learning; and cheer us along or pick us up when we need a push. Great post, thank you.

    • Joyce says:

      Thanks Elizabeth.
      Yes, a mentor helps us grow by giving us a push. Without a mentor, we cannot make much progress.

  6. Gladys John says:

    I am proud to be a nurse

    • Joyce says:

      Me too:)