Mentors provide encouragement for nurse residents that are trying to navigate the challenges of working in a hospital setting. A mentor is a good listener who can offer advice and friendship in a trusted relationship. Experienced nurses know that integrating nursing theory into practice takes time. That process is enhanced when Nurse Residents have the opportunity to learn from established nurses with whom they have a clearly defined mentor/mentee relationship. Additionally, Nurse Residents benefit from working with someone who can help "fast track" their understanding of the culture at UCLA.
• Mentor will serve as a role model and resource
• Mentor will support the development of effective decision making skills related to clinical judgment and performance through debriefing events/scenarios, providing constructive feedback, and demonstrating positive communication skills
• Mentor will demonstrate clinical practice consistent with Relationship-Based Care and the Professional Practice Model at UCLA
• Mentor will facilitate and support a healthy work environment that supports the growth and healing of NRs
A mentor is defined as a recent graduate from the residency program with at least 1 year of clinical experience. The mentor is a professional with job-related experience, knowledge of the organization, positive attitude, and excellent communication skills. The criteria and selection are further defined in the Mentor application.
Mentors: Please utilize these topics to program guide the discussion with your nurse residents each month. These topics come from their NR schedule. Each NR has learned that material in their preceding session.
FYI: Mentor and Mentee pairings can change as more mentors are added to the program.
Nurses who meet this criteria and are interested in the mentor role should submit an application for the Center of Nursing Excellence team for review. More information can be found at:
For more information, contact: