Career Tools

Maximizing Your Mentoring Relationships

An important piece of the education model, mentorship allows both the student and nurse leader to develop a practical and intellectual relationship. Professional nurses are able to provide students with a tangible connection to their future careers and encourage a safe place for the exchange of questions and information. Especially in rigorous accelerated degree and master's programs, mentorships help students translate theory into practice and prepare students to become nurse leaders. Often, these ventures turn into rewarding, continuous and meaningful relationships.

NCIN scholars speak for themselves. The passion, dedication and commitment to nursing has distinguished these men and women from others in their field of study. Your knowledge and experience can help prepare these scholars and usher them into the next generation of nurse leaders.

In 2009, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Physician Faculty Scholars Program created a resource manual for mentors and mentees looking to foster a successful and effective relationship. In Maximizing Your Mentoring Relationships, Dr. Susan Murphy describes the role of both mentor and mentee and the strategies necessary to improve the relaying and understanding of knowledge. This manual is a great tool to access as you consider and begin mentoring relationships. For tips on how to avoid roadblocks in mentor relationships, develop listening skills, and open up lines of effective communication, 
read Dr. Murphy’s recommendation.
NCIN scholars are making an impact in the nursing workforce. From orthopedic rehabilitation centers to critical care units, NCIN alumni are providing essential health care across the country. Learn what the alumni are up to and find out more about their experiences as qualified nurses.


Scholar Focused Tooklits

The NCIN Scholar Alumni Toolkit is designed to provide nursing students and newly licensed nurses with the necessary leadership development and mentoring resources for successful transition from the student to professional role, and to lay the groundwork for continued professional growth. Download the toolkit here.

Doctoral Advancement in Nursing (DAN) Student Toolkit

Designed to enhance the pipeline of future nurse leaders, faculty, and researchers by using strategies to identify, encourage, and support students interested in pursuing doctoral degrees. This important work focuses on graduates of accelerated and traditional nursing programs who come from groups underrepresented in nursing or from disadvantaged backgrounds. By establishing mentoring relationships, students will be guided through the application process into doctoral study and receive expert advice on identifying sources of financial support.Visit the DAN page to learn more about the program.

Nursing Roles 

Nurse Anesthetist (NA) — Nurse Anesthetists provide the same anesthesia services as an anesthesiologist. They work closely with other health care professionals to take care of their patients' anesthesia needs before, during and after surgery. They stay with their patients for the entire procedure, constantly monitoring every important body function and individually modifying the anesthetic to ensure maximum safety and comfort.

Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) — Clinical Nurse Leaders put evidence-based practice into action to ensure that patients benefit from the latest innovations in care delivery. CNLs collect and evaluate patient outcomes, assess cohort risk, and have decision-making authority to change care plans when necessary, although the CNL role is not one of administration or management.

Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) — Clinical Nurse Specialists can specialize in certain types of diseases, can work in many different medical environments, and can focus on a variety of procedures. CNS's general duties include: clinical practice, teaching, research, consulting and management.

Nurse Practitioner (NP) — Nurse Practitioners provide primary and some acute care, and are qualified to meet the majority of patients' health-care needs. They focus on patients' conditions as well as the effects of illness on the lives of the patients and their families. NPs make prevention, wellness, and patient education priorities.

Faculty — Nursing faculty responds to the goals of service, practice, teaching and research. They are responsible for teaching the practice of nursing to health care colleagues, administrators, and clients.