Finding a nurse mentor

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    Hi everyone! Can someone provide advice on how I can find a nurse mentor? As a nursing student, I volunteer and have clinicals at prominent NYC hospitals, but in both instances, I always find that the nurses are too busy to talk to. I feel like every minute I take to ask questions, is time taken away from their work and the last thing I want to do is inconvenience them. I just do my best stay out of the way. For the most part, I have found CNAs to be more approachable and usually I bug them for tasks that I can do on the floor to help them out.


    I would really like a mentor, who I can go to for guidance. What is the best way to do this? I searched allnurses but couldn't really find anything. If I missed some relevant threads, please direct me to them. Many thanks!!!
    Last edit by JustBeachyNurse on May 24, '13
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    I would talk to your clinical instructor. It sounds like you are not getting good clinical experiences at all! A good nurse can manage their patients and provide a good learning experience for their students. It doesn't take much extra time to ask your student questions. I would not ask the CNAs for tasks, that's really not what you're there to do. And if your nurse isn't teaching you, ask them questions! Maybe they don't think you're interested in being there if all you're doing is "staying out of their way." And even if they seem annoyed, still ask questions and learn what you can. It is your job as a student to learn the RN role. You will struggle to pass boards if you don't make the most of your clinical experiences. Finding an outside mentor is not going to help. Your school should be working with you to make sure you're getting good clinical experiences.
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    We have a nursing student assistance section where many of us who are experienced answer questions and guide students. Ask the nurses even if they seem annoyed that is what you are there for....Columbia is a teaching environment so they should be no stranger to students. Talk to you instructor...they should be the ones mentoring you. write questions down and ask them later...or post them here and we will try to help.

    Here are some thinking sheets to help you keep track of what you need

    critical thinking flow sheet for nursing students

    student clinical report sheet for one patient

    I have made some for nursing students and some other an members (daytonite, RIP) have made these for others.....adapt them way you want. I hope they help - See more at: http://allnurses.com/emergency-nursi....SDLfH1QW.dpuf

    brain sheets for the future.......here are a few.

    mtpmedsurg.doc
    1 patient float.doc‎
    5 pt. shift.doc‎
    finalgraduateshiftreport.doc‎
    horshiftsheet.doc‎
    report sheet.doc‎
    day sheet 2 doc.doc
    ICU report sheet.doc‎
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    Quote from missacheung
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    I would really like a mentor, who I can go to for guidance. What is the best way to do this?
    Well, I'd try asking a clinical question to one of the nicer ones on their lunch break or some other time like after they've reported off and have a second. If it works out, they won't mind answering questions during their shift either.

    On the other hand, there's always AllNurses too. .. Watch for esme12, rubyvee, green tea and the others who have a lot of experience and don't mind answering questions.

    There's only one thing, though. Don't ever try to get AllNurses to answer homework questions for you, ok?
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    Quote from Esme12

    Here are some thinking sheets to help you keep track of what you need

    critical thinking flow sheet for nursing students


    Esme12, I love that flow sheet, and wish I had had that for my nursing student who just did her capstone with me. Only 1 thing that I saw needs to be changed. The second page should say (Treatment by Licensed Doctors or Nurse Practitioners).
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    Quote from Annaiya

    Esme12, I love that flow sheet, and wish I had had that for my nursing student who just did her capstone with me. Only 1 thing that I saw needs to be changed. The second page should say (Treatment by Licensed Doctors or Nurse Practitioners).
    True......I will have to get to that....these are guidelines I always encourage students/nurses to use these to create their own.
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    Esme is my mentor.
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    OP, what are you looking for from a mentor? If you're looking for an experience nurse to offer you personal guidance, advice, and support on a continuing basis?

    If that's what you're looking for, you're probably not going to find that from a staff RN in a clinical rotation. Unless you're assigned to precept with one nurse, you may not see the same nurse more than two or three times in a semester. While these nurses might be willing to teach while you're there for your clinical, their primary focus is their patients. They have many, many students come through their doors each semester, and becoming a personal mentor to those students is simply not a commitment they are able to, or even thinking about, making.

    For the time being, I would seek that kind of personal relationship from your clinical instructors or school professors. They have years of experience and likely have greater ability to spend time with you and provide the sort of mentoring that you're looking for. Your professors have a wealth of knowledge that they can offer you. Remember that you're in college and both you and your instructors are adults. Yes, there are professional boundaries surrounding your relationship with your instructors, but by no means does that prevent you from forming a close relationship, or even friendship.

    Once you have graduated and have your first job, seek a mentor from your co-workers. Find someone whose practice and character you respect and admire. Once you've begun a relationship with this person, ask them directly if they would be willing to be your mentor.
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    I know it has been about a year since you posted but have you found or still in need of a nursing mentor? If so, pm me!id love to chat w/ you. I have great interest in this area.
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    You may find that your mentor finds you. I wasn't looking for a mentor per say, but I was assigned to an experienced CC RN in the PACU for my senior practicum and we hit it off. she has become my friend and mentor.


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