NurseMentor FAQs

Answers to common questions about the Nurse Mentor program

The NurseMentor program is for UCalgary Nursing students and UCalgary alumni RNs only.

Nursing students in any year of study can apply to be mentored by an alumni nurse, but they must commit to regular contact with their mentor. Monthly contact is the minimal commitment.

All mentors must be alumni and should be practicing RNs. In some cases, nurses who are no longer practicing will be considered, as they may have valuable experience to share with a student.

Register now and anytime through to December 2020. The bulk of student/mentor matching will be completed early in the fall term so this is your best time to find a suitable match.

In your first meeting with your mentor or mentee you should discuss a communication plan including how often you’d like to connect. We recommend twice monthly for a total of two hours.

Regular and open communication is key to your success in this program. Ways to communicate are: through our online platform via chat or video call, by phone, text, social media, email or in-person.

A mentor, in this case, is a person who has volunteered to help you during your nursing studies and through transition as you become a nurse.

NurseMentors are alumni of UCalgary Nursing; they understand what you are going through. They are available to answer questions you may have and to offer advice.

They are practising nurses in all sorts of fields, with vast experience. They can become a role model and a confidant.

Communicate. Let your mentor or mentee know that you are busy or preoccupied. If you are going to be away, let them know that too.

Nurses and nursing students are busy people and sometimes the demands can be stressful.

NurseMentor aims to help here; reach out to your mentor for support and guidance when times are tough.

Start by asking questions about them. For example, what kind of nursing do they do? What does a typical day at work look like for them? What do they enjoy doing when they're not at work?

After that, any and all questions about the realities of being a student and a nurse, and your professional development as you become one, are a go. Focus on your goals, both as mentor and mentee, and let your conversations help you achieve those goals.

Also, don't forget to ask your mentor how you can help them. Mentorship is a two-way street!