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Mentoring for Nurses

The Mentee or Protégé

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Why Be a Mentee/Protege?

  • Improve skills and performance
  • Advance your career
  • Enhance your education
  • Build networks
  • Learn to communicate effectively in public and with colleagues
  • Learn to work in the organization effectively
  • Be supported during difficult times


What are the characteristics of a Mentee/Protege?

  1. Desire to learn
  2. Accepts feedback and coaching
  3. Identifies career and personal goals
  4. Seeks expert advice
  5. Wants a successful career
  6. Likes a challenge
  7. Accepts responsibility
  8. Seeks out challenging assignments

Tips for the Mentee/Protege

  1. This is about career development, not just shadowing and involves active participation.
  2. Establishing a relationship with your mentor is the key to success.
  3. Before your first meeting develop a career plan (where you want to be professionally in the next ten years).
  4. At the first meeting, discuss your plan and develop goals and objectives that will achieve your plan.
  5. Be honest about your strengths and weaknesses.
  6. Be considerate about your mentor's time.
  7. Have fun.
  8. Be creative about communicatining with mentor and ask their preferred method (i.e. texting, facebook, email).



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Site initiated April 2005

This site is dedicated to Amanda, who left a legacy of excellence in nursing education.