Mentoring can be conducted personally in a one-on-one (1:1) setting, or it can be conducted in a group setting. Both approaches are effective however, the approach will determine the dynamic of the relationships built between and among mentors and mentees. The best approach to take will be determined based upon the purpose and proposed outcomes of the chapter mentoring program.
Individual mentoring involves one mentee working with one mentor. Most interaction takes place between the mentee and mentor, including determining when and how mentoring will occur. The 1:1 approach enables mentoring activities to be personalized to the needs of the mentee and provides an outlet for the mentor to share his/her personal experiences and expertise.
- Establishes stronger mentee-mentor relationships
- Tailors program experiences to mentees' unique needs
- Provides mentees with long-lasting experiences that may be valuable throughout their nursing careers
- Requires more time planning activities, coordinating schedules
- Requires more effort communicating regularly and following through to meet the unique expectations of both participants
Group mentoring is a way to involve a large number of people in similar capacities. It provides a safe environment for new participants to learn how to participate and engage in designated activities, while providing seasoned participants with the opportunity to share knowledge, expertise and experiences in a structured setting.
- Reaches a larger target audience
- Impacts group norms and encourages collective change
- Develops strong group dynamics, team building, organizational culture and group loyalty
- Has a specific duration
- Provides less personalization to mentees' specific needs
- Is harder to maintain over an extended period of time
- Requires more management and oversight from a Mentoring Champion or designee