Fast Facts for Career Success in Nursing: Making the Most of Mentoring in a Nutshell

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Overview

"This is a very practical and easy to read book that could be very useful for nurses starting out in their careers. As the foreword states, it could be a resource for formal mentoring programs, residency programs, and nursing educational programs. The information and advice in this book may also keep new nurses from leaving the field if they are able to develop successful mentoring relationships. It is a bargain at $25.00."—Choice

"For those looking for a mentor, this book provides invaluable advice on what attracts mentors and makes them believe in you and be willing to support your development...This book is an excellent resource for mentors and protégés."—Nurse Educator

"Dr. Vance's pioneering work on mentorship has provided us with the language, understanding, and strategies for building these essential professional support relationships. This book extends her work in practical and useful ways that will help us build the new generation of excellent clinical experts, advocates, and nurse leaders."

From the Foreword by Diana J. Mason, PhD, RN, FAAN
Editor-in-Chief Emeritus, The American Journal of Nursing

This newest addition to the Fast Facts series provides insight for protége's and mentors on using mentoring to build new generations of successful nurses. It covers a quick history of why mentoring is important, how a protégé can identify and mentor, and how to develop and maintain a healthy mentor-protégé relationship. It also contains the necessary tools to help novice nurses benefit from mentor support through difficult and sometimes frightening and confusing times.

Written by Connie Vance, an innovator in nursing mentorship research, this book presents new nurses with tools to identify the perfect "mentor match" and cultivate the mentor relationship in ways that result in valuable career-building insight. It includes guidelines to ensure a truly valuable and influential mentor relationship, contributing to career success in nursing.

Key Features:



• Contains guidelines for creating a personal mentor action plan, complete with a chart for use in mentoring practice
• Provides 10 tips on raising mentor intelligence and how to use it as a source for career success
• Highlights resources for networking and collective mentoring to assist in career development

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Vicki Ann Moss, DNSc, MS, BSN, RN (University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh)
Description: This book explores the history and importance of mentoring, as well as the roles of both protege and mentor. It also discusses how to identify a mentor and how to develop a successful mentoring relationship.
Purpose: It is intended as a practical guide to mentoring to help students and novice nurses become successful and fulfilled in their nursing careers.
Audience: According to the author, it is written for all student nurses, both undergraduate and graduate as well as the novice nurse and the evolving nurse.
Features: This small paperback has four parts dealing with navigating a successful nursing career, the ABCs of mentoring, making the mentor match, and career success and the mentor connection. Appendixes include a guide for a personal mentor action plan and resources for collective mentoring and networking. Each chapter begins with an introduction and objectives and includes "Fast Facts in a Nutshell" that emphasize the chapter's main concepts.
Assessment: This is a very practical and easy to read book that could be very useful for nurses starting out in their careers. As the foreword states, it could be a resource for formal mentoring programs, residency programs, and nursing educational programs. The information and advice in this book may also keep new nurses from leaving the field if they are able to develop successful mentoring relationships. It is a bargain at $25.00.
From The Critics
Reviewer: Vicki Ann Moss, DNSc, MS, BSN, RN(University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh)
Description: This book explores the history and importance of mentoring, as well as the roles of both protege and mentor. It also discusses how to identify a mentor and how to develop a successful mentoring relationship.
Purpose: It is intended as a practical guide to mentoring to help students and novice nurses become successful and fulfilled in their nursing careers.
Audience: According to the author, it is written for all student nurses, both undergraduate and graduate as well as the novice nurse and the evolving nurse.
Features: This small paperback has four parts dealing with navigating a successful nursing career, the ABCs of mentoring, making the mentor match, and career success and the mentor connection. Appendixes include a guide for a personal mentor action plan and resources for collective mentoring and networking. Each chapter begins with an introduction and objectives and includes "Fast Facts in a Nutshell" that emphasize the chapter's main concepts.
Assessment: "This is a very practical and easy to read book that could be very useful for nurses starting out in their careers. As the foreword states, it could be a resource for formal mentoring programs, residency programs, and nursing educational programs. The information and advice in this book may also keep new nurses from leaving the field if they are able to develop successful mentoring relationships. It is a bargain at $25.00. "
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826106896
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/19/2010
  • Series: Fast Facts Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Connie Vance, EdD, RN, FAAN is a professor at The College of New Rochelle School of Nursing, New Rochelle, NY. Dr. Vance serves as a consultant, workshop leader, and accreditation evaluator to hospital departments of nursing and nursing programs throughout the United States and internationally. Her publications include The Mentor Connection in Nursing; Mentorship in Nursing: A Collection of Research Abstracts; and Mentorship in the Annual Review of Nursing Research.

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Table of Contents

Foreword: Diana J. Mason, PhD, RN, FAAN

Preface

Acknowledgments

Postcript: Principles for a Successful Professional Life: Ruth W. Lubic, RN, CNM, EdD, FAAN

Part I: Navigating a Successful Nursing Career

1 Your Career in Nursing-The Path of the Professional Nurse

2 What Is Mentoring?

Part II: The ABCs of Mentoring

3 Mentoring Begins with "A"—Assess Your Mentor Intelligence

4 The "B" of Mentoring—-Build Your Mentor Connections

5 The "C" of Mentoring—-Cultivate Your Potential and Talent for Success

Part III: Making the "Mentor Match"

6 Networking: An Essential Mentoring Tool

7 Negotiating the Mentor-Protégé "Match"

8 Troubleshooting the Mentor Relationship

Part IV: Career Success and the Mentor Connection

9. Passing the Torch of Success: Becoming a Mentor-Leader

10. Top Ten Tips to Raise Your Mentor Intelligence

Appendices

Appendix A Personal Mentor Action Plan

Appendix B Resources for Collective Mentoring and Networking

References and Bibliography

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