Fundamentals of Mentorship


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About the Course

Mentors have long held a powerful place in nursing practice, ensuring that the wisdom behind the art and science of the profession is preserved between generations of nurses. Yet mentorship – the practice of mentoring and being mentored – involves more than the passing of knowledge; it offers transformational opportunities to become our best professional selves. This course explores the fundamentals of mentorship, offering insight into a phenomenon that supports and strengthens our development as professionals, motivates us to expand our capacities, and inspires us to reach our aspirations – in other words, to help us do all that we can.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to do:
  • Distinguish among the roles of preceptor, mentor and coach.
  • Understand the benefits of mentoring to organizations, mentors, and mentees.
  • Recognize the dynamics of mentoring and mentored relationships.
  • Evaluate the characteristics of high-quality mentored relationships.

About the Authors:
Michelle Doran, RN, MS, is the lead nurse planner and director of nursing for Colibri Healthcare, LLC. She has more than 20 years of experience in nursing, ranging from clinical practice in pediatrics to leadership roles in nursing professional practice, community health, academic medical centers, postacute pediatric rehabilitation, and the health plan industry. She has authored several articles on such topics as ethical decision making for nurses, concussions in the pediatric population, population health, and childhood obesity. She has also worked with health care organizations in successfully achieving Magnet, Baby Friendly, and Transition to Practice accreditation.

Barbara Shahinian, BBA, is a freelance writer, editor, and consultant specializing in content and communication strategies for health care professionals and organizations. She previously served as the executive vice president for content and creative for Gannett Healthcare Group, a media company dedicated to the creation and distribution of continuing education content and activities, professional news, and employment opportunities for registered nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and dietitians. In that capacity, she was responsible for companywide strategy, development, and distribution of content and marketing across print, digital, and social media channels. She is the former editor- in-chief of the print magazines and companion websites, TodayinPT, TodayinOT, and Nutrition Dimension.

How to Receive Credit:
  • Read the entire course online or in print, which requires a 2-hour commitment of time.
  • Complete the self-assessment quiz questions at the end of the course or integrated throughout the course. These questions are NOT GRADED. The correct answer is shown after you answer the question. If the incorrect answer is selected, the rationale for the correct answer is provided. These questions help to affirm what you have learned from the course.
  • Depending on your state requirements, you will then be asked to complete affirmation that you have completed the educational activity.
  • If requested, provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation
  • Print your certificate of completion.

Resolution of Conflict of Interest
In accordance with the ANCC Standards for Commercial Support for Continuing Education, Colibri Healthcare, LLC implemented mechanisms before the planning and implementation of the continuing education activity to identify and resolve conflicts of interest for all individuals in a position to control content of the course activity. 

Sponsorship/Commercial Support and Non-endorsement
It is the policy of Colibri Healthcare, LLC not to accept commercial support. Furthermore, commercial interests are prohibited from distributing or providing access to this activity to learners.

The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a health care provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.

©2020: All Rights Reserved. Materials may not be reproduced without the expressed written permission or consent of Colibri Healthcare, LLC. The materials presented in this course are meant to provide the consumer with general information on the topics covered. The information provided was prepared by professionals with practical knowledge of the areas covered. It is not meant to provide medical, legal, or professional advice. Colibri Healthcare, LLC, recommends that you consult a medical, legal, or professional services expert licensed in your state. Colibri Healthcare, LLC, has made all reasonable efforts to ensure that all content provided in this course is accurate and up-to-date at the time of printing, but does not represent or warrant that it will apply to your situation nor circumstances and assumes no liability from reliance on these materials. Quotes are collected from customer feedback surveys. The models are intended to be representative and not actual customers. 

Course Verification
All individuals involved have disclosed that they have no significant financial or other conflicts of interest pertaining to this course. Likewise, and in compliance with California Assembly Bill No. 241, every reasonable effort has been made to ensure that the content in this course is balanced and unbiased.

Course ID: 44134