Mentoring network

The Nursing and Midwifery: strategic priorities 2018-2021 (PDF 1.35MB) priorities focus on enabling workforce excellence, leading and driving health care sustainability and delivering care continuity and are underpinned by the values of care, respect, excellence, integrity, teamwork and leadership. The NMO is committed to delivering great care by extending the capacity and capabilities of nursing and midwifery to achieve and embed a culture of performance.

In 2016, an exciting new initiative to provide WA Health Nurses and Midwives an opportunity to partner and collaborate with a mentor was launched. The Nursing and Midwifery Mentoring Network supports nurses and midwives across the career span to grow in skills, confidence and to increase their professional network.

Mentors may be experienced within the nursing and midwifery professions, or from another profession of health. The overall aim of this initiative was to connect nurses and midwives on a professional level to share knowledge, information and strategies as well as to enhance career development. All levels of nurses and midwives across the public sector are eligible to apply as a mentee.

The network supports nurses and midwives across the career span to grow in skills, confidence and to increase their professional network. Mentors may be experienced within the nursing and midwifery professions, or from another profession of health.

Aim

The Mentoring Network aims to connect nurses and midwives on a professional level to share knowledge, information and strategies as well as to enhance career development.

Eligibility

All levels of nurses and midwives across the public sector are eligible to apply as a mentee.

Mentors may be experienced within the nursing and midwifery professions, or from another profession of health.

What is mentoring?

Mentoring is a collaborative learning relationship where a mentee and mentor with shared interests and values, are partnered to support the mentees personal and professional development. Traditionally mentors are more experienced professionals who guide mentee learning through informal and formal mentoring processes. The aim is to assist the mentee grow in skills and confidence as they develop their own style.

What is expected of you as a Mentor?

The range of expected attributes that should be demonstrated by the mentor includes;

  • Acting as a positive role model and providing guidance in a supportive environment
  • Maintaining confidentiality of discussions and information provided by mentee at all times
  • Assisting the mentee to identify objectives and personal development goals
  • Promoting confidence, professional responsibility and accountability
  • Providing advice and strategies to assist the mentee in meeting professional development goals and objectives
  • Assisting the mentee to establish a network of support
  • Utilising and promoting reflective practice and critical thinking
  • Initiating the first meeting and make regular contact as agreed with the mentee
  • Committing to meeting regularly face to face (at least monthly) and to additional frequent contact via phone, email, video conferencing as agreed with the mentee
  • Fostering the development of professional identity, leadership and accountability
  • Participating in the evaluation of mentoring network outcomes

What is expected of you as a Mentee?

A mentee:

  • Behaves professionally and respectfully at all times
  • Maintains confidentiality of discussions and information provided by mentor at all times
  • Works with mentor to identify and set objectives and personal development goals
  • Accepts professional responsibility and accountability for their own decisions and actions
  • Commits to meeting with mentor regularly face to face (at least monthly) and to additional frequent contact via phone, email, video conferencing
  • Maintains regular contact as agreed with the mentor
  • Collaborates with mentor to share skills, knowledge and strategies to address professional development goals and objectives
  • Demonstrates reflective practice and critical thinking
  • Reviews and performance and progress with mentor
  • Participates in the evaluation of mentoring network outcomes

How to apply

Applications for the mentoring network are now closed and will reopen early 2019.

Optional supporting documents

You may wish to upload a copy of your CV, detailing your professional experience, qualifications, current professional development projects, clinical improvement activities, research or areas interest / expertise to support your mentor/mentee application.

Please note; Attachments can only be uploaded in PDF, JPEG or Word formats and must be no larger than 2MB each in size.

Mentoring Toolkit

This tool kit is a guide to help prepare for the four stages of mentoring:

  • Preparing for the mentorship relationship
  • Building the relationship
  • Developing yourself as a mentee
  • Transitioning the relationship

You may decide not to use all of the forms or templates that are available but you are invited to use what is useful to your individual situation and needs.

For more information

Contact: Nursing and Midwifery Office

Phone: 9222 2308

Email: nursingwa@health.wa.gov.au