ESPNIC is happy to organise for its members a dedicated mentorship program, offering motivated healthcare professionals who wish to enhance their experience, one-to-one support in defining and achieving their short-term professional development goals by pairing them with more senior healthcare professionals.
Mentorship is a non-formal educational tool for professional development and provides benefits for both the mentee and the mentor. The ESPNIC Mentorship program aims to support career development and job satisfaction for less experienced colleagues from all backgrounds and disciplines. It aims to create a valuable network, increase knowledge sharing and improve interpersonal and communication skills.
The mentor-mentee relationship is built on personal connection and mutual respect.
- The mentor and mentee must trust each other
- They both must be willing to share information about themselves
- They both must give constructive feedback
The program will run for a minimum period of 12 months, renewable once following mutual agreement from both parties.
What is expected
- Any project or research work (clinical, research, education, leadership) produced as a result of the mentee-mentor relationship will be presented to the ESPNIC Mentorship Committee.
- Evaluation of the mentorship program by both mentors and mentees will be undertaken annually.
What is a Mentor?
A mentor is a healthcare professional (HCP) who has a special interest in supporting another individual to develop into a successful professional and who has solid experience in the field (clinical, leadership, research or education). A mentor acts as a guide and role model for a new or less experienced HCP or a (senior) HCP who wants to further develop their career.
Mentor eligibility criteria and responsibilities for the Mentorship Program
Open call for Mentors is open until 31st December. Submit your application and share your experience.
What is a Mentee?
A mentee is a healthcare professional (HCP) who is in training or in need of further professional development and has an interest in personal development.
Mentее eligibility criteria and responsibilities for the Mentorship Program
The open call for Mentees is open until 28th February. It will be followed by a matching period before allocating you a mentor. Submit your application and join the ESPNIC Mentorship program.
The ESPNIC Mentorship Committee (MC)
The ESPNIC MC is responsible for setting guidelines for the mentorship program; pairing mentors and mentees in order to facilitate a mutually beneficial and successful short and potentially longer-term relationship; acting as a liaison between mentors and mentees; nominating the mentee’s and the mentor’s representative, and evaluating the mentorship program.
This committee will call for both mentee’s and mentor’s applications, review these applications, formally admit the mentees and the mentors into the programme, and pair the mentees with an appropriate mentor (within the time period indicated). Members of the MC will also develop the training material (PowerPoint slides and lesson plan) for both mentees’ and mentors’ mandatory education and deliver it at the start of the mentorship period. They will also send out evaluations for both mentees and mentors annually, and review and collate this data to monitor the program’s success.
The ESPNIC Mentorship Committee consists of:
- The chair (or vice-chair) of ESPNIC nursing science or nursing section
- The trainee representative
- The chair of education and professional development
- The medical and nursing past presidents
- The mentee representative
- The mentor representative