With the intent of increasing diversity in the nursing workforce, the Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence has implemented a mentoring program. This program focuses on the professional development and educational success of:
- Mentors (diverse licensed nurses*)
- Mentees (diverse nursing students*)
This project is committed to increasing racial and ethnic nurses in our nursing workforce. *Racial and Ethnic groups are defined by HRSA (the source of funding for this program) as: American Indians (including Alaska Natives, Eskimos, and Aleuts); Asian Americans; Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders; Blacks; and Hispanics.
Training and support activities for mentors provides diverse licensed nurses with the skills and tools necessary to mentor diverse nursing students throughout nursing school. This process begins with the Mentor Training Institute, which is a 2-day workshop to learn the skills needed to be a successful mentor. The workshop is followed by strategic matching of mentees with mentors and continuous encouragement through regularly scheduled coaching and supportive peer groups.
Each student mentee is paired with a nurse mentor for one year. Evidence suggests that having a mentor helps students reach their goals. During the mentoring period, the mentor will:
- Serve as a role model and provide guidance
- Create a positive mentoring relationship with open communication
- Help mentee identify problems/barriers and lead mentee in problem-solving
- Offer constructive feedback in a supportive way
- Refer mentee to other professional resources as necessary
- Acknowledge positive behavior and outcomes
- Encourage mentee through challenges
- And much more…
Overall, the program helps enrich the nursing education experience, helps nursing student retention and completion, and ultimately helps students reach their career goals. Consequently, with this intention, diversity in the Colorado nursing workforce will increase.
For more information about this program please contact Susan Moyer RN, MS or Amanda Quintana, DNP, RN, FNP at the Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence.
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“Race and ethnicity in the US Census are self-identification data items in which residents choose the race or races with which they most closely identify, and indicate whether or not they are of Hispanic or Latino ethnicity. Race and ethnicity are considered separate and distinct identities, with Hispanic or Latino origin, asked as a separate question. Thus, in addition to their race or races, all respondents are categorized by membership in one of two ethnicities, which are “Hispanic or Latino” and “Not Hispanic or Latino.”