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Developing Clinical Nursing Faculty through Mentorship

1. Mentoring is about developing a structured and trusting relationship between a seasoned clinical faculty member (mentor) and an aspiring clinical nursing faculty member (mentee).

2. This mentoring relationship focuses on sharing knowledge, expertise, support, and guidance as the novice nursing instructor transitions into the academic clinical educator role.


The mentoring relationship will:

1. Provide a smooth transition from clinical nurse expert to academic clinical nursing instructor

2. Enhance faculty engagement

3. Increase job satisfaction

4. Provide a communication link between full-time faculty and part-time clinical faculty

5. Strengthen teaching skills/experiences of both seasoned and novice clinical faculty

6. Provide a bridge between didactic and clinical teaching


Set-up a Mentoring Plan

1. Set clear goals, purpose, and objectives for the relationship

2. Establish the frequency of meetings

3. Confidentiality of discussions

4. Determine useful activities

5. Build trust








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