For nurses transitioning into various new nursing leadership roles, the program facilitates the partnering of an experienced nurse, also known as the experienced mentor, reassuring the transition of the inexperienced nurse. The experienced mentor should be a source of support for the transitioning nurse, available to answer questions, provide insight and experiential guidance. This informal collaborative mentorship program for transitioning nurses at the national association level requires the commitment of the association's officers, board members and chapter presidents. The commitment to this mentorship program has been fulfilled by a committee, which has assumed the responsibilities for the formation, activation, and evaluation of this program. Those responsibilities include describing each level of mentorship, matching a transitioning nurse with an experienced mentor and monitoring the success of the partnership through confidential feedback.
The name and description of this level of mentorship is Acknowledging Professions.
Acknowledging Professions Description (Intermediate) -This level of mentorship is to support the growth and development of nurses as they transition into leadership roles (e.g., any office in an organization, management, local Board positions, graduate level degrees, etc.). The purpose is to foster the development of a nursing community and enhance the preceptor skills of nurses as they engage in the mentorship process.
Benner’s Stage: Stage 3 Competent or Stage 4 Proficient