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'How can I seek out a mentor?'


Can you advise this student nurse?

“I’m friends with a lot of other student nurses. As they’ve gone through their courses and various placements, it seems like all my friends have been able to find nursing mentors.

“But I haven’t. I’ve had a few instructors I’ve really admired, but it hasn’t ever seemed like any of them were interested in building a closer mentor-mentee relationship.

“From my friends’ experiences, I was under the impression that this relationship comes about organically. Is there something I’m not doing – a step in the process I’m missing?

“I want do be as successful a nurse as I possibly can be, and I’d really like a nursing role model to guide me in the right direction.

”Any advice at all on how to develop this relationship would be appreciated. If I can’t find a mentor in my university or on my placements, is there anywhere else I can seek one out?” 

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Readers' comments (2)

  • Do you not get allocated a mentor in the workplace? I thought it was automatic when you get to your placement and an induction pack is made ready with your mentors name. Your link tutor should be able to sort this out with your placement manager.
    If it has been agreed for you to be there, then it means that they have capacity to absorb you

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  • Are you on Twitter? That’s a great place to engage with all sorts of nurses and you might find someone there who you click with. Check out @WeNurses and @WeStudentNurse

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