The APHON Mentoring Program
Encouraging and Equipping Leaders
Seeking Future Leaders
If you are an APHON member who is a registered nurse with a minimum of six months experience, and looking for a mentor to help take you to the next level in your career and professional development, this is the program for you. You will be asked to develop a personal action plan, set up and keep appointments, give time to practice skills in decision making, and welcome frequent feedback.
What are the qualifications for becoming a Mentee?
You must be an APHON Member, a Registered Nurse with at least a minimum of six months of experience, be able to devote the time to commit to this program, and complete the enrollment application.
Are there guidelines and/or criteria for being a Mentee?
Mentees will be responsible for their own learning. What this means is, Mentees will be asked to:
- Set up and keep mentor appointments
- Develop a personal action plan (See attached example)
- Give time to practice skills in decision making’
- Evaluate the success of the mentoring relationship
- Report to APHON Mentorship Task force on a regular basis
- Ask for frequent accurate feedback
- Be open to different styles
Are there any other expectations I should be aware of?
It is important that when you are accepted as a Mentee, that you keep confidences with your, mentor as well as any commitments. In addition, during this period you will:
- Evaluate the relationship at various points (at least mid-point and ending) within the agreed-upon time period
- Ask for suggestions and advice early in the relationship. When advice is given, listen to the mentor, apply some of their recommendations, and let him/her know the results
- Provide feedback about the mentoring relationship and be open to receiving feedback.
- When providing feedback, be honest, yet tactful
- Take initiative to drive the relationship and be responsible for your own career development and planning
- Meet minimally every other month with a forum agreed upon by mentor and mentee
- Accept the relationship on a temporary basis, for a minimum of 2 years.