There is a growing consensus that mentoring programs make a difference in the health and vitality of an organization. Literature pertaining to nurse mentors suggests that a mentoring program benefits all parties involved--mentor, mentee, the organization and the nursing profession as a whole.
In light of this and increasing interests from chapters, STTI convened a task force during the 2007-2009 biennium that was charged with developing a mentoring statement and template for both member and new officer mentoring programs at the chapter level. The following information and resources are the products of the task force, STTI staff and samples from existing chapter mentoring programs. The information compiled will equip chapter leaders with the resources to design a sustainable mentoring program.
The following strategies can serve as a framework to create new member and/or chapter officer mentoring programs that best serve your chapter's needs and long-term goals.
- Conduct a needs assessment initiated by the board
- Convene a mentoring committee to and coordinate the mentoring program
- Select a mentoring champion to oversee the mentoring committee
- Create a mentoring program plan that defines
The scope of mentor-mentee relationships
Design mentoring activities
Plan mentor recognition
Evaluate the mentoring program
- The purpose of the mentoring program
- The structure of the mentoring program
- Chapter Leadership and Mentoring Task Force Mentoring Statement and bibliography
- Online resources