For new nurses and student nurses to learn and grow, this program provides help from an encouraging nurse, also known as the experienced mentor, within their own area of expertise. The experienced mentor should be a source of support for new nurses and student nurses, available to answer questions, provide insight and encourage involvement within the NBNA organization. This informal collaborative mentorship program 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 new nurse and student nurse with an involved and encouraging mentor and monitoring the success of the new nurse and student nurse-mentor partnership through confidential feedback.
The name and description of this level of mentorship is Approaching Careers.
Approaching Careers (beginners or fundamental) - This level of mentorship is to support the growth and development of nurses and potential nurses as they approach career opportunities (e.g., student nurses, novice nurses, members of organizations, undergraduate 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: Novice less than 2 years and Advanced Beginner (2-3 years)