The Importance of a Mentor in the Healthcare Sector and How to Find One

Research has shown that individuals in the healthcare field who can rely on the guidance and support of a mentor are likely to achieve more in their career than do those who “go it alone.” And it will surprise no one to learn that those who enjoy the professional backup and personal attention of a mentor are also best prepared to handle stress. 

A mentor’s experience may provide foresight that allows a relatively inexperienced physician or nurse, to avoid a tricky pitfall or to take advantage of an opportunity that might go unrecognized

The value of a mentor cannot be overstated: a mentor will guide you through professional and personal development by imparting knowledge gained through his or her own practical experience. A mentor’s experience may provide foresight that allows a relatively inexperienced physician or nurse, for example, to avoid a tricky pitfall and/or to take advantage of an opportunity that might go unrecognized without the insight offered by a mentor with superior experience. Mentors offer benefits and opportunities that can have a lasting impact on the careers of healthcare professionals.

 

How can mentors help to develop a healthcare worker’s skills?
  • Offering guidance 


Once a relationship of trust has been established between a mentor and mentee, the mentor can provide feedback, support, and guidance. Observations and advice are meant to assist a mentee in making decisions that will help him or her to offer the best possible care to patients, and also to aid overall professional and personal development. 

  • Coaching


Everyone experiences self-doubt and negative situations at some point in their career – especially in the stressful healthcare environment. A mentor can help coach a mentee through such times of concern, turning negative experiences into lessons learned.

  • Providing inspiration


A mentor becomes a crucial part of their mentee‘s life by becoming their “go-to person” in situations of both uncertainty and victory. Mentors see their mentees at their lowest moments as well as at times of outstanding achievement, which usually creates a life-long relationship — one in which the mentee considers his or her mentor as not only a role model but also a trusted friend.

 

Finding a mentor

medtigo offers access to mentors in your profession and specialty who can guide you through your professional development. Our peer network also provides ongoing professional support and mentorship.  

  

If you would like more information on finding a suitable mentor for your career requirements, get in touch with medtigo today. 

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