I am trying to establish a mentoring program at my nursing school. I would greatly appreciate hearing from any students or alumni who have successful mentoring programs at your school. It would have been useful for me to have someone in the class ahead of me to give me support and insight about what to expect. I would like to know how your program was set up and what worked/did not work about the program.
Thank you in advance for your input,
Mar 29, '00
Yes, my nursing school had a mentoring type program. It was voluntary for all 1st semester students in the program. We filled out a questionaire stating our age, name, background, etc. at orientation. We were paired with an advanced semester student of similar background (also voluntary) to act as our "buddy." This person would act as a support person. Many of us found the idea of a mentor helpful. However, once we began our actual coursework- few felt the need to continue the "buddy" set up. It was a great idea, though- especially for those who need a friendly and encouraging influence in the beginning. Good luck to you.
Mar 31, '00
I will graduate from the University of West Alabama on May 6, 2000. We did not have a mentoring program. I think it is a good idea and I wish my program had one. I hope you have good luck with it.
Apr 4, '00
Hi, I am a junior in a four year program, but you come in as juniors to the school of nursing. Our student nursing association has a chair called junior/senior relations, that people run for. When we find out in Feb who has been accepted aas incoming juniors we (Jr./Sr. relations) assign every junior to a "senior buddy" they are given a picture of their buddy and their phone number. They are greatly encouraged to contact their senior biddy for anything they might need. As a "senior buddy" you are responsible for helping the junior out in any possible ways! It is just wonderful, and has worked out so well for me. Of course the school only accepts 55 students yearly, so it is much easier for us to do it, rather than a bigger school. If you have any more questions pertaining to this, I would be happy to answer them....Joanna
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