Questions about Mentors and Field Experience.

Who is a Mentor? Is anyone who invests time, know how, and effort cares to enhance another person's growth, knowledge, and skills. This sharing goes beyond one's duty or work obligations.(Shea, 1999)

Who is a Mentee? Is one who makes an effort to assess, internalize, and use effectively the knowledge, skills, insights, perspectives or wisdom offered by the mentor. (Shea, 1999)

What is Field Experience? "Field Experiences" are defined as experiential learning activities that require the RN-BSN student to complete required assignments that take place in agency or community settings. Although some activities require the student to examine their current practice where they are employed as an RN, most activities require the student to explore areas not familiar to one's past experiences. These activities are designed to promote opportunities for the RN to learn the roles and competencies of the baccalaureate prepared professional nurse. A variety of course assignments across the RN-BSN Curriculum are required to assist the RN to meet the learning objectives of each individual nursing course. The RN is required to independently seek a mentor(s), develop own learning goals within the framework of the course objectives, plan the activity, and schedule one's own Field Experiences. There is not a required specified amount of hours that are required for the Field Experiences. Instead, focus is given to the meeting of course objectives and completion learning assignments.

Examples of Field Experiences:

  • Completing a client interview and assessment seeking the guidance of an Advanced Practice Nurse or Nurse Expert (ie. Critical Care Nurse)
  • Developing an Evidence Based Care Plan seeking the expertise of clinical nurse specialists, case managers, dietitians, physical or occupational therapists, respiratory therapists.
  • Propose a change project by collaborating with nursing staff, nurse mangers, staff educators, or a Director of Nurses.
  • Observe and assess a Community Health Agency and a Health Department. Interview a Community Health/Public Health Leader
  • Assess an organization or agency ( Senior centers, Long term care Organizations, Free standing Alzheimer Care Facilities, Hospice Agency, State Agencies such as Area Agency on Aging, Residential Care Facilities, that provides for the health care needs of older adults, Associations such as national Council on Aging, etc. ) and describe the challenges it faces in providing effective services for the elderly.


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