Being a Mentor
Benefits of being a mentor
- Mentoring has benefits for both the Mentor and Mentee.
- Mentoring enhances your problem solving and communication skills and also helps you develop leadership and clinical supervision skills.
- Mentoring provides you with the opportunity to obtain new perspective and to expand your networks.
- A mentoring partnership can be claimed as part of your CPD.
The ADEA Mentoring Program
- When you agree to become someone’s mentor you are entering into a formal contract and you must commit to providing at least one (I) hour per month of contact for six months.
- The mentoring role may include acting as guide, a clinical teacher, coach, counselor, role model, sponsor or advocate.
- It included passing on life experiences and knowledge in order to motivate, support and enhance the personal career development of the mentee and assisting diabetes educators through the credentialing process and to understand the core competencies of a Credentialled Diabetes Educator.
- Mentors must be a valid CDE with at least 12 months of experience.
- A mentoring partnership does not need to be face to face or with a person in the same discipline. Mentoring by distance and/or across health disciplines is a great way to learn and develop new skills, both for the mentee and the mentor.
- Once you have agreed to become a person’s mentor you must formally accept the request on-line through your mentoring portal on your profile. The next step is for you to jointly complete the mentoring agreement and for your mentee to submit the partnership registration online.
- The mentoring partnership concludes when you have approved the mentees activity sheet and submit the evaluation form.
Prior to becoming a mentor you must:
- register your details on the Mentoring on-line system. You can choose to publically advertise your mentoring availability on the ADEA website or hide your status if you are currently not available. Register now to become a mentor.
- Complete the Online E-learning mentoring modules. Link to Online Mentoring Modules (Mentee/Mentor)
Supporting Resources for Mentors
- Quick guide to mentoringThe purpose of the quick guide is to provide a short but concise perspective to both mentees and mentors in regards to their roles and responsibilities when undertaking a mentor arrangement and what is required.
- Mentoring Manual – a guide for both the mentor and mentee through the mentoring partnership. It is a resource of information about mentoring and aims to provide an understanding of responsibilities to successfully complete the partnership.
- Person Centred Care Website and Toolkit – resources to optimise the self-management education, support and care provided to people with diabetes in their practice. Review and implementation of this information is recommended for all CDEs and may be a good discussion point for mentoring sessions.National Competencies for Credentialled Diabetes Educator – describes the skills, knowledge and attitudes required to effectively perform the role of a Credentialled Diabetes Educator. It should be reviewed during mentoring sessions.
Role and Scope of Practice for Credentialled Diabetes Educators in Australia – will assist discussions regarding scope of practice and building specific skills as a diabetes educator within current workplace roles.