About the Mentorship Program
This program is designed for current nursing students who wish to receive support from School of Nursing alumni as they transition from student nurses to professional nursing. Interested students are matched with mentors based on personal and professional interest, similar educational backgrounds, as well as future career and educational goals. This program allows new nurses to talk openly about the NCLEX, career exploration, networking, emotional support, career goals and interests, and professional skill development.
The program formally runs through the academic year (September to April). Mentoring pairs decide how often they will meet or talk and what types of conversations and activities they will engage in together. The School of Nursing team will recommend connecting at least once per month but ultimately it is up to the pair to discuss and decide.
More About the Badger Nurse Mentorship Program
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Who can serve as a mentor?
Any UW-Madison School of Nursing alumni can serve as a mentor regardless of program completed.
How many students am I expected to mentor?
Alumni mentors are matched with one student, maybe two.
How often do I have to meet with my mentee?
Mentoring pairs decide how often they will meet or talk and what types of conversations and activities they will engage in together. The School of Nursing team will recommend connecting at least once per month but ultimately it is up to the pair to discuss and decide.
Do I get to choose my mentee?
The School of Nursing Mentorship team selects pairs, but you may indicate a student to be matched with. There would not be a guaranteed match, but the Mentorship team would take your request into consideration.
Do I need to be currently working as a nurse to mentor?
No, our students indicate their interest areas and are matched with a mentor with similar backgrounds.
Do I have to live in Madison to be a mentor?
No, location does not need to be a barrier to your participation. Over half our mentors live outside the state of Wisconsin.
What if I am retired?
Congratulations on your retirement! Our students are looking to hear about your experiences and how you navigated your career journey. You do not need to be currently working to serve as a mentor.