Why You Need a Mentor and How to Find One
Your work as a traveling nurse takes a toll on you both physically and mentally. Sometimes, you could use a little guidance, whether it’s regarding the next step to take in your career or just how to maneuver the changes you face from assignment to assignment. A mentor is exactly the kind of help you need.
Guidance from a more experienced travel nurse will boost your productivity, performance, and, most importantly, your peace of mind. A mentor may help you develop new skills, refine old ones, or provide a little advice when there's nowhere else to turn. A mentor can increase your self-confidence and strengthen your commitment to your career choices.
Before you begin your quest to find a mentor, sit down and create a list of goals you want to achieve through the relationship. Whether it is insight into your career path, help with skills, references, or information on your new location — you should know what to look for before committing to a mentor.
Finding a mentor today is as easy as ever. Whether you search through agencies, hospitals, nursing schools, or online, plenty of resources are available to connect you. Social media is a great tool to reach out to groups dedicated to traveling nurses and mentoring programs.
Once you have a firm understanding of what you want to accomplish, utilize your resources and begin to put a list together of your options and potential candidates.
Now you are ready to begin the communication process. Send emails, make phone calls, write letters, or meet in person. Reach out and tell them what you’re hoping to accomplish, what your needs are, and why you picked them. As you know, communication is the most important element of relationships and that includes the process of finding a mentor, starting a relationship, and maintaining that relationship.
Once you understand what you are trying to learn from a mentor, the rest is easy and the payoffs for spending time and effort finding the right match will be well worth it.
Pay it forward
You may be the one looking for a mentor now, but the guidance you receive could be passed along in the future. Further down the road you may find yourself in a position to help a new traveling nurse who is in the position you are now.
Take what you learned from your mentor relationship and pass it along. Paying it forward goes a long way toward helping those in need thrive and it gives you an extra sense of purpose, especially when it comes to helping young, professional travel nurses who may need guidance in their career path.
Mentorship can help you discover your potential and lead to long lasting and rewarding friendships! Give it some thought today. You may be surprised by where it takes you.