Are you a UCalgary Undergraduate Nursing student with a desire to learn?
Are you full of questions and curiosity about nursing? Could you use some guidance and a few answers to those big questions? Consider becoming a mentee and working with a mentor, a practising nurse and graduate of UCalgary Nursing.
NurseMentor was created to connect you with people who can help.
“I could ask her questions about everything: the resume, the job search … but it was also, how do I approach this issue? How do I deal with this, or what is the reality when I’m in the work environment?”
BN'18, former mentee
What it's like to be a mentee
Commitment & resources
As a mentee, you commit to being mentored by a registered nurse from September to April. This typically involves a time commitment of two hours or two connections per month.
You are expected to make the first contact with your mentor and to maintain contact afterward. Together you will establish how you want to communicate and what you hope to learn from each other.
After students are matched and they make the first contact with their mentor, they should check in on a regular basis. In turn, mentors are expected to check in with their mentees and keep the conversation going.
You and your mentor will communicate regularly. Both of you are invited to ask questions, share experiences and talk about the challenges and successes of being a nursing student or RN.
Keep asking questions
As a mentee, you should feel comfortable asking questions and exploring ideas. Your mentor has volunteered to help you and to provide encouragement.
However, please remember that mentors are also interested in learning and developing in their partnership with you. Stay in touch with your mentor. Ask questions about their practice. Ask them what would they like to gain from mentoring. After all, mentoring is a two-way street!
Student finds a caring mentor
Megan was nervous about entering the workforce and being a new nurse. Teaming up with a mentor, a practising nurse who helped her out and cheered her on, has really made a difference.
She encourages other nursing students to do the same: put yourself out there and ask for support!