“A Mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself.” – Oprah Winfrey
Welcome to the CLPNA Mentorship Program. As an LPN you are faced with new challenges, expanding roles, responsibilities and enrichment opportunities. Setting realistic and strategic goals ensures you have a career by design and not by drift. One strategy to help you realize your career goals is through mentorship.
MENTORSHIP PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:
- A Mentor/Mentee matching program exclusively for CLPNA members
- Mentorship Resources (eg. Video/audio podcasts, articles, tools)
- Workshops and webinars to guide Mentors and mentees in building a mentoring relationship
Mentorship is a relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps to guide a less experienced or less knowledgeable person. Mentorship is a process for sharing knowledge relevant to work, career, or professional development. The intent is to develop another’s capabilities through a one-on-one relationship that is outside a formal organizational structure.
The term mentoring comes from Greek Mythology. Mentor in his old age, was a trusted friend, counselor and teacher of Odysseus. When Odysseus left for the Trojan War he placed Mentor in charge of his palace and his son Telemachus, as protector and nurturer, until his return.
CLPNA’s goal is to assist you in meeting your ongoing career and learning needs, and we are pleased to partner with donnerwheeler to provide the Mentorship Program. In 2007, donnerwheeler in collaboration with Integral Visions Consulting Inc. developed The Five-Phase Mentoring Relationship Model which includes articulating a purpose for the mentoring relationship based on your career goal; engaging in a process to find or be a Mentor; developing an agreement and action plan; identify progress on the plan and the relationship; and finally celebrating accomplishments, redefining the relationship and examining next steps. This Model is a key component of our Mentorship Program.
The Mentorship Program provides an opportunity for LPNs to build professional networks and gain knowledge on how to better support their career goals. The program will assist the Mentee to acquire the skills needed to begin or advance on a career path, or pursue professional development opportunities.
CLPNA’s role is to administer an exemplary Mentorship Program by ensuring the following processes occur:
- Training and Orientation
- Matching and Initiation
- Monitoring, Support, Program Evaluation
- Program participation recognition
The Mentorship Program is structured in the following way:
- CLPNA recruits a pool of Mentors/Mentees.
- Mentors/Mentees complete the application process and select matches based on compatibilities in areas such as education, work experience, etc.
- Mentors and Mentees sign a Mentoring Relationship Agreement.
- Mentors and Mentees participate in Webinar/Workshop orientation sessions offered by CLPNA.
- Mentors and mentees work together for a minimum of three (3) one hour sessions or combination thereof.
- CLPNA provides on-going support throughout the duration of the mentorship relationship as required.
- The Mentor and Mentee complete an evaluation survey once the mentorship relationship concludes.
- CLPNA offers a recognition program for Mentor and Mentee ‘graduates’.
The powerful potential of Mentoring is increasingly being recognized. We recommend you watch the video above which provides an overview of Mentorship.
A Mentor is an LPN who shares his or her experience and wisdom to help a Mentee reach their career goals. Mentors are typically individuals who are willing to share their skills, knowledge and expertise. Become a Mentor – Join Now!
A Mentee is an LPN who wants to work with an experienced individual; seeking information, knowledge, advice and support required to achieve certain career goals. Mentees are typically those who are new to the profession, new to the province, or who want to transition from one area of practice to another. Become a Mentee – Join Now!
Questions? See our Frequently Asked Questions for Mentors and our Frequently Asked Questions for Mentees pages. Or contact the CLPNA’s Professional Development Consultants at firstname.lastname@example.org, 780-484-8886 or 1-800-661-5877 (toll free in Alberta).