Seek Out Mentors

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Welcome to day 2 of the #WeAreinThisTogether Student Nurse Wellness challenge.

Mentors will be valuable advisers and confidantes throughout your nursing career. A mentor doesn't have to be a faculty member. Consider developing a relationship with a fellow student who is ahead of you in nursing school, or an experienced RN. They can provide you with guidance and support in school and beyond. Throughout your nursing school experience, you’ll find many potential mentors in your professors and school faculty as well. 

Remember, wherever you find your mentors, they can help you:
  • Learn how to best navigate professional and school-related challenges
  • Grow your network
  • Explore opportunities and build your career path

Read more on exploring mentorship in our blog here and if you’re an ANA member, consider joining the ANA Mentorship Program.

Not comfortable reaching out to a faculty member or student you know yet? Social media is another way to network with other nurses, seek advice, and feel camaraderie. You may even connect with another nurse who eventually becomes a mentor. You can also find professional organizations that provide resources for student nurses during the pandemic.

Consider following one of these nursing Twitter accounts:

When using social media during nursing school, always remember to follows these social media guidelines for nurses.

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Posted by Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation (HNHN) on Oct 1, 2020 2:56 PM America/Chicago

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Day 2: I made a great mentor with my clinical instructor! She now looks forward to having me on each rotation! Having a mentorship has allowed me to move forward in my skills because I can have a trustworthy source to confide into and help me grow into a better future nurse!
  • Posted Thu 04 Feb 2021 08:28 PM CST
I definitely recommend finding several mentors instead of one. Two heads are better than one, and three better than two! I used traditional one-to-one mentor and mentee relationships before. It was not bad, though. I appreciate all her help and advice. However, often it was hard to reach out to her. I found out she has a job, nursing school, and a caregiver to her impaired family member. I was surprised that with all that heavy load, she volunteered to be a mentor! 
  • Posted Fri 29 Jan 2021 11:09 AM CST
Day 1: I always make a calendar at the beginning of the semester to help me see when assignments are due and when I have upcoming tests, clinicals and when I might have some time to work. I do take frequent study breaks and try to limit distractions by going to the library or computer lab. I also try to get some exercise in each day because that is my stress relief.
Day 2: I started following all the links provided to get as much mentor help as I can. I also work in an Emergency Department Laboratory and have now reached out to the nurses that I come into contact with each day.
 
  • Posted Thu 28 Jan 2021 01:29 PM CST
Day 2: I've never really had a consistent traditional mentor-to-mentee relationship with someone for nursing school. I always thought it would be nice to get close to a clinical instructor, but it just never happened. My family has a pediatric GI doctor friend that I reached out to last semester, and that was really helpful; his experience in medical school allowed him to guide me to build a weekly schedule for classes and studying, but I feel like I ultimately disappointed him and myself by falling back into old habits of procrastinating and "just hanging on" instead of thriving. However, I do have one friend group that has kept me afloat during these past two years. We've had a group chat since J1, and we all look out for each other in terms of due dates, assignment expectations, etc. I am so thankful for them!!
  • Posted Wed 27 Jan 2021 08:29 PM CST
Day 2: Did pretty decent on a HESI examination; happy I studied for it. I've had the same mentor throughout nursing school. She was one semester ahead of me and she gave me helpful tips, advice on which materials were necessary, and what courses/class material to prioritize based on her experiences in the previous semester. Because of her, I have gotten to the final stretch of nursing school much more easily than it would have been without her. Because of this, I was able to have much more time to focus on my own well-being.
  • Posted Tue 26 Jan 2021 11:07 PM CST
Day 2: I would not be where I am today in nursing school without the help of my mentors. I decided to join a mentorship program back in junior 1 of nursing school where I am paired with a mentor till I graduated. She has guided and served as a role model to me these past few semesters and now, currently a senior 2 of nursing school and about to graduate, I can't believe that I am able to provide the same support to the 5 mentees that I have in the semesters below me. 
  • Posted Tue 26 Jan 2021 08:50 PM CST
Day 2: Having a mentor is definitely important, especially in nursing. Literally no nurse gets to where they are without a teacher, guide, preceptor, etc. Having someone to reach out to in a difficult nursing program and profession can definitely make it easier to get help, resources, and connections that guide you in the right direction. Through school & work, I've gotten to know some people who are willing to help me with any questions I have. Even though it feels weird reaching out to people you don't want to bother, I feel like it's still a good start and something I need to work on because mentors really are so important.
  • Posted Tue 26 Jan 2021 08:42 PM CST
Day 2: Luckily I've found several mentors throughout nursing school. One of them was a semester ahead of me and she always reached out and gave great advice on how to study for classes and passed along study guides she previously used. I am really grateful I got to meet her because she has honestly helped me so much with nursing school. I also have friends who are semesters below me and I always try to give them advice on how to study and what they should focus on the most. I am really open to helping others out especially since I've been in the same situation as them before and understand their struggle.
  • Posted Tue 26 Jan 2021 08:24 PM CST
Day 2: I got a mentor my J1 semester but she was not very helpful. I would reach out and sometimes I felt like I was bothering her. Thankfully, I have a friend that was a semester ahead. She would answer any questions that I had. She has been a great support through my nursing school journey. 
  • Posted Tue 26 Jan 2021 07:51 PM CST
Day 2: I've been lucky enough to find mentors in my current job as an ER Tech. The nurses there have been so helpful in building my skills and knowledge, and I can't wait to join them as a nurse in the department in just five months. We have a fantastic team environment and everyone looks out for one another; it's an incredible place to work!
  • Posted Tue 26 Jan 2021 07:18 PM CST

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