Possible project settings:
- Acute care
- Chronic care
- Child day care (up to age 5)
- Community care
- Outpatient care
- Managed care system
- Private/public health care provider office
- Planned Parenthood clinics
- Public policy/health care policy
- Schools (for children up to age 5)
Where can I get an idea for a project?
- Project ideas can come from patients, families, health care professional colleagues, managers and people in your community.
- Listen for “What if…”, “Why can’t we…”, “I wish you would…”, and “Why don’t you…” conversation starters.
- Read professional journals.
- Be connected with professional specialty organizations.
- Be tuned in to current events.
- Be aware of current practice improvement efforts that could be adapted to your situation.
I have an idea for a project, but don’t know if it will work and/or be supported by my institution. What should I do?
Talk about your idea to your supervisor. He/she may suggest also talking to your colleagues to see if they view the situation/need as you do. If your supervisor is on board with your idea, he/she will be able to arrange for you to talk to the policy leaders of your institution, from whom you need buy in. A flexible approach is important: Occasionally, it becomes necessary to modify a project after the academy begins.
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How are the applications reviewed?
Applications are reviewed by a panel of maternal-child health nursing leaders who will independently score each application based on the following criteria: a) mentee leadership potential; b) mentee commitment to the advancement of maternal-child nursing; c) mentor’s ability to foster the mentee’s development; d) the quality of the proposed leadership project; and e) the commitment of the supporting agency/institution/organization.
How should I select a mentor?
Applicants should select a mentor who is an experienced mentor and demonstrates the following characteristics:
- Extensive leadership experience.
- Possesses mentorship knowledge and expertise to guide and support the mentee’s leadership journey.
- Demonstrates success as a mentor as evidenced by the accomplishments of prior mentees.
- Is able to create new networking opportunities and assist with navigating organization structure and culture.
- Is able to listen and provide feedback to assist throughout the mentee’s leadership journey.
- Is able to attend and participate in all MCH NLA workshops, site visits, and STTI's biennial convention.
- Mentors need not be a member of STTI.
What if my mentor cannot attend both workshops?
A mentor must be able to attend both workshops. If a mentor candidate is not able to attend both workshops, a different mentor must be selected.
Should I interview mentor candidates?
If the mentee does not have a prior relationship with the mentor, it might be helpful to interview several possible candidates to determine whether there is a good fit between the mentor’s style and the mentee’s needs.
What should I look for in a mentor?
The mentor should be someone who can provide the mentee with guidance and feedback in a manner that allows the mentee to grow in his or her leadership capacity.
Does my mentor have to be a nurse?
No. The MCH Nurse Leadership Academy encourages the mentees to develop interdisciplinary relationships. A mentor from another discipline can provide valuable opportunities for the mentee to develop linkages with other professionals involved in the health and health care of mothers and children.
Does my mentor need to be an expert in maternal-child health?
No. Mentors who are experienced leaders in health care or in academia can provide valuable mentorship experiences for the mentees.
Should I work with my mentor on my MCH NLA application and project summary?
The MCH Nurse Leadership Academy encourages mentees to work collaboratively with their mentors on both the application and the project summary.