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.
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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