California Action Coalition's Mentorship Program Featured on NurseZone.com
NurseZone.com recently highlighted the California Action Coalition’s mentorship program in an article titled “Mentorship Program for Nurse Leaders Finding Success.” The California Action Coalition developed the mentorship program in order to implement one of the recommendations from the Institute of Medicine’s report, which calls for nurses to be prepared and enabled to lead change to advance health.
“We decided if we focused on mentorship, it would help us move the initiative forward,” said Patricia McFarland, MSN, RN, FAAN, CEO of the Association of California Nurse Leaders (ACNL), the California Student Nursing Association and the California Association for Colleges of Nursing in Sacramento, and coalition co-lead for implementing the report’s leadership recommendation.
The mentorship program is in its second year and pairs up experienced nurse leaders with those who aspire to advance within the nursing profession. It uses an online platform called LifeMoxie mentoring that features monthly webinars and offers other tools and resources. So far, 74 mentor/mentee pairs have participated in the program in California.
Grettell Vitale, RN, BSN, PHN, a mentee of the program, hopes “to gain leadership insights. When you listen to somebody’s experiences, challenges and victories, you can shape your own lenses, vision and purpose.”
While participating in the mentorship program, each mentee completes a project with guidance and coaching from the mentor, such as publishing an article or serving on a committee. Current funding for the program comes from the Association of California Nurse Leaders (ACNL) and Kaiser Permanente. The California Action Coalitions hopes to find additional funding to continue the program.
|by Aidan McCallion | April 7, 2014|