1, While mentoring is not directly related to being involved in professional organizations, it is an important topic to discuss, especially in nursing. Selection of a mentor is often not an easy process. There are many considerations when selecting a mentor such as personality chemistry, experiencing, willingness, and goals (Hood, 2010). Often times, a mentor relationship is developed over a period of time (Hood, 2010). When selecting a mentor, one should look for commonness with regard to personalities, the desire to help, common goals, success in career, and experience (Hood, 2010). Although one may not be able to find all the qualities they desire in a mentor, several of them should be considered in order for the relationship to function properly. Mentoring can be a lifelong process. The mentoring relationship may not always be the same individuals, but rather, that of individuals passing on the relationship to incoming nurses. As the relationship progresses, development of individual nursing practice is enhanced, professional networking opportunities are encouraged, and career opportunities may come to light (Hood, 2010). Mentors have much to offer with regard to knowledge and skill base to incoming nurses and the process of a mentor relationship is a concept that can last as long as the relationship is reciprocated. Who is your mentor and what have they done to help shape who you are?
2, Most organizations provide access to continuing education such as journals specific to the organization and seminars (Frank, 2005). This elite access to education allows nurses to stay up-to-date on practice, skills and upcoming medical issues. Membership in a professional nursing organization provides many benefits to one who desires collaborative learning and educational opportunities. What are the requirements for continuing education in Columbus Ohio?
3, How do you currently network within the nursing profession?
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