Create Your Experience, Participate in Mentorship

The establishment of supportive personal relationships with faculty, peers, and other significant persons enables students to better cope with the demands of the college environment, and this, in turn, has positive impacts upon students’ academic success.

-Vincent Tinto, Author & Higher Education Scholar

The objective of Columbia Nursing’s peer mentorship program is to promote the mentee’s development in areas including leadership and academic preparedness while also facilitating successful completion of our accelerated ABSN program. In addition to our E-mentoring tools, a series of monthly workshops throughout the year brings all pairs together as a cohort, to present new information on developing as nursing leaders while addressing academic concerns in an open, un-biased and confidential setting. Topics of the monthly workshops include:

Leadership in Nursing: Discussion of the Institute of Medicine and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s recommendations to transform the nursing profession.

  •  Learning Outcomes: The IOM & RWJF recommendations to advance nurses as leaders is presented and students are asked to consider the four recommendations throughout their academic journey to become better prepared practitioners.

Career Development: Dialog on building one’s resume, importance of networking during one’s academic tenure and the expectations of a student entering the workforce.

  •  Learning Outcomes: Students learn how to compose an effective resume, interview dos and don’ts and employment trends for nurses in New York City.

Skill Building: Working collaboratively with campus partners, attendees will assess their strengths and weakness in time management, study skills and ability to communicate with others while learning effective methods for improvement.

  • Learning Outcomes: Students will be provided with a toolkit to serve as a resource for their continued growth as students and future nurses that would enable them to learn how to better manage their time, communicate persuasively and develop efficient study habits.

Diversity & Columbia Nursing: Students will enjoy a special discussion with the newly hired Associate Dean for Diversity and the chairs of the Columbia Nursing diversity committee to learn the University’s objectives in promoting diversity in nursing.
  • Learning Outcomes: Students will participate in an open dialogue serving as a needs assessment for increased understanding, programs & services pertaining to diversity. Staff will discuss CUSON’s current initiatives and how they relate to the nursing profession as a whole.


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