Originally posted by ddstanly
I am a nurse educator interested in mentoring, especially in regards to new faculty. It seems that many new faculty members are frustrated and experience somewhat of a reality shock the first year of their new career. Some even decide to leave (which is really unfortunate considering the shortage of faculty).Does anyone know of a mentoring model that has worked for your institution or have any ideas about how to help new faculty?
Can't answer that for you, but sure wish I had one where I work !
I was there as a hemodialysis tech for 5 years, now still there as an RN, and somehow, everyone thinks I ABSORBED everything I'm supposed to know about the dialysis RN duties by osmosis... simply because I've been in the facility for so long ! WRONG !!!
I focused on what I NEEDED to know and learn to peform to my best abilities at the position I was IN at the time.. paid little attention to the nursing issues... had my hands full with what MY responsibilities were. I feel like I have to beg for every little scrap of info on what my NEW challenges are...VERY frustrating !
Not intentional, I'm sure... we are just soooooooooo busy and have no time for anything. And everyone just assumes I "know" what I'm supposed to know ! But I DON'T... and I WANT to LEARN... want to feel confident and COMPETENT... but have had zero RN orientation and very little "mentoring"... everyone's too busy keeping up and doing what needs doing... sometimes I feel so USELESS.
I don't WANT to learn in bit and pieces by the seat of my pants... I want to be taught everything I need to know to function as I am intended to there, as if I had just walked through the door... not as someone who's been there 6 years.
OK... I'm done now. Thanx. Can you send me a mentor now?