June 27, 2017
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LAC Nurse Leader Mentorship program

The first cohort of the LAC Nurse Leader Mentorship program completed work in November 2016. Click here to read summaries of the mentees' projects.

The second cohort began work in January 2017 and will complete the program in November 2017.

Those who complete both the Nurse Leader Institute and Nurse Leader Mentorship Program are honored as Nurse Leader Institute Fellows by the Louisiana Nurses Foundation.


  • The Nurse Leader Mentorship Program is an online, nine-month structured mentorship program. Program participants will lead execution of a project with the guidance of an expert leader mentor. Each participant will receive training to engage in an effective mentoring relationship, two monthly webinars, a Resource Center with guidance, workbooks and other tools, and a Mentoring Champion team for support.

Eligibility to be a Mentee:

  • Self-identified, high-performing nurses who are actively engaged in the practice of nursing across the health care delivery system and in academia who aspire to become nurse leaders and are ready, willing and able to engage in a robust, structured program. Must have completed the LAC five-day Nurse Leader Institute course or demonstrated equivalent knowledge.

Expectations of being a Mentee:

  • Attend Orientation (Web-based)
  • Create a Self-Assessment
  • Complete a Professional Development Plan
  • Work through Mentoring Workbook
  • Set Goals using New Competencies
  • Connect regularly with Mentor
  • Create and complete a Project Plan
  • Provide Feedback to Program Champions
  • Mid-Point Presentation (3-5 minutes)
  • Final Presentation (3-5 minutes)

Commitment of Mentee:

  • Mentees should anticipate dedicating 30-60 minutes per week for success.

Who should be a Mentor?

  • High-performing nurse leaders in service or academia committed to the future of nurse leaders in response to IOM report Recommendation #7, "Prepare and enable nurses to lead change to advance health."

Benefits of being a Mentor:

  • Gain visibility as a leader in the community
  • Develop transferable mentoring skills for any team/relationship
  • Contribute to the future of nursing
  • Make work a more rewarding experience

Expectations of being a Mentor:

  • Attend Orientation Session (Web-based)
  • Connect regularly with Mentee
  • Guide Mentee in design/execution of Project
  • Deliver a Recommendations Report to Mentee
  • Provide Feedback to Program Leaders
  • Assist Mentee with Presentation preparation

How can someone participate as a Mentee?

How can someone participate as a Mentor?

How will we help participants be successful in the Program?

  • Training, including framework for engaging in mentoring conversations
  • Mentor/Mentee Workbooks, monthly guidance, tools, and resources
  • A Mentoring Champion Group to support participants

What to expect:

  • Kick-off meeting, Mid-Mentoring meeting and Debriefing
  • Nine-month mentoring relationship with monthly meetings and weekly connections
  • A Leadership Project (Mentee) and Leadership Recommendations (Mentor)

Deadline for applications:

  • In order to launch the first mentorship cohort we ask that you sign up immediately. Applications for Mentors will be accepted on a continuing basis for future cohorts. The deadline for eligibility for the first cohort is February 1, 2016.

How can you participate?

  • Go to: www.lacmentoring.org
  • Click on “Apply to the Program”
  • Update ALL fields in order to be considered for the program and be accurately matched.

Cohort 1 Project Summaries (PDF)