Professional Development – Mentorship

WONE Mentoring Resource Overview:

WONE as a leadership organization believes that by providing mentoring resources and networking opportunities, we enhance our effectiveness as leaders.

The Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) 2011 report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, recommends that nurses be prepared to lead change to advance health at all levels within an organization and community.  Further, nurse leaders should collaborate in the redesign of the health care system to improve outcomes. Mentorship supports these goals by encouraging leadership development and collaboration.

The American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE, 2011) identifies nurse leadership development as a key strategic goal.  AONE recommends professional development that focuses on the transformational leadership competencies required for successful healthcare leadership practice, as well as programs be developed to identify, mentor, and coach current and aspiring nurse leaders. There has been an increased focus on utilization of mentoring to facilitate the leadership and professional development of nursing leaders.  On a personal basis, mentoring allows for a very dynamic learning process by having two people commit to mutual goals and benefits.

What is Mentoring

Why Serve as a Mentor or Mentee

Types of Mentoring

Career Stages

The Mentoring Process

Roles and Responsibilities

Assessing the Fit Checklist

Tools and Tips

Mentoring Best Practices

WONE References Resources Mentoring Links

Supplemental Resources

AONE Leader2Leader Program (Membership required) –


Professional Development Contact:

Verna Seitz, MS, RN, NEA-BC
Director Nursing: Hospital Capacity & Resource Management, Froedtert Hospital

Chair, WONE Professional Development Committee