Altru is committed to the professional growth and development of its health care providers. In 1996, Altru developed its Mentor Program specifically for nurses.
The Mentor Program supports Altru Health System's mission, vision and values by providing an enhanced learning environment that promotes growth and development through collaborative efforts of the entire team.
The Nurse Mentor Program supports Altru Health System's mission, vision and values by providing an enhanced learning environment by promoting growth and development through collaborative efforts of the entire team.
The program provides information on mentoring along with guidelines and tools to facilitate a successful mentoring relationship. It is designed to meet the following objectives:
- Develop supportive and encouraging relationships
- Guide nurses in their professional, personal and interpersonal growth
- Provide a smooth transition into Altru Health System and create a sense of belonging
- Communicate information concerning expectations, learning opportunities and stressors
Theoretical Framework: Patricia Benner's "From Novice to Expert Model"
What is a Mentor?
Each mentor plans, coordinates and facilitates their new mentee's orientation process and serves as both a guide and resource for the mentee, preparing him or her to successfully fulfill their work roles and responsibilities so they can achieve and maintain a high level of standard for practice.
Nurse Mentor Qualifications
- Employed at Altru Health System for a minimum of one year
- Strong interpersonal skills and behaviors that align to the organization's values
- Demonstrate professional expertise in the department
- Have the desire to share skills and knowledge with others
- Flexibility in work schedule to meet mentor program needs and contact with the mentees
- Passion for the profession of nursing
For more information about Altru's Nurse Mentor Program, please contact Clinical Education at firstname.lastname@example.org
What We Offer
We encourage and support the continuing growth and development of Altru employees through educational programs. Eligibility is based on the employees' status, performance, length of service, as well as receiving no other Altru Health System scholarships.
Benefited employees (scheduled for 1040+ yearly hours and have completed their entry probationary period of six calendar months of continuous service) are eligible for tuition assistance. This applies to courses offered for academic credit by an accredited institution. The courses must have direct application for an employable position in the organization.
Some employees have the opportunity to credential in their special area of practice. Credentialing is continuing beyond basic education, licensure or registration. In these situations, only the fee for the initial certification exams will be reimbursed following proof of successful test completion.
Several scholarship opportunities are available to Altru employees annually each spring through Altru Health Foundation. Visit the Foundation’s page on AltruLink for more information.
Additional Course Offerings
From critical care orientation to advanced cardiac life support (ALCS), Altru continually offers classes to health care professionals. See the complete listing of upcoming courses.