Who are they?
Mentees are the people guided and/or led by the mentors.
- New member mentees
- Active chapter members
- Newly inducted within a specified time frame (i.e. 0-3 months from induction, within first 3, 6 or 12 months)
- Voluntary participant seeking mentoring services
- Chapter leader mentees
- Active members of the chapter
- Interested in or already selected to become a chapter leader
Why are they important?
Mentees are the target audience around which the mentoring program has been established. The purpose and the structure of the mentoring program are defined based on the needs of the mentees and how the growth and development of mentees supports the chapter, STTI and the nursing profession.
What are their responsibilities?
The scope of mentee responsibilities is based on the structure of the mentoring program. In general mentees should:
- Initiate the development of learning goals and/or activities that meet the expectations of the mentoring relationship
- Engage in mentoring-related activities
- Be honest with the mentor regarding the effectiveness of the mentoring relationship
When are they selected?
The selection of mentees is based on the formality of the mentoring program. Mentees should be actively recruited through appropriate communication strategies, and then matched with mentors based on the processes detailed in the mentoring plan.
Where are they mentored?
Mentees interact with mentors as detailed by the structure of the mentoring program. Mentoring can take place either one-on-one (1:1) or in a group setting. Mentoring can occur in person, over the phone, via e-mail or online. The ideal combination of mentoring interactions will be determined based on the formality and purpose of the mentoring program.
How are they engaged?
The structure and purpose of the mentoring program will determine the strategies used for engaging mentees. The best mentoring activities will work towards meeting the needs and learning objectives of the mentee and the mentoring program. Formal engagement opportunities should be detailed in the structure of the mentoring program. Informal meetings and/or formal, long-term mentoring programs allow mentees to choose how and when they want to be engaged.