Sigma Theta Tau International Has NEW Leadership Opportunities (CHIRON)
By: Maureen T. Greene, RN, CNS-BC, ACNP-BC, PhD © Region 4 Coordinator for Sigma Theta Tau International
Have you ever thought to yourself, “Is this all there is for me in my career?” I know I have, many times. Self talk to good, but actions speak louder than words, even if those words are to you! So when you our looking for a new challenge in life or career, I encourage you to seek leadership.
Some people are fearful of leadership positions. It suggests an elevated place, with new responsibilities and a possibility of unknowns. But leadership is really not a POSITION it is a PROCESS. So let me offer you some options.
Professional development can start at your place of employment, which is a good place to start. Many career moves in the profession start by taking on committee work, task force involvement or shared governance projects. But when you move to a new job title or classification, mentoring is needed. Mentoring is different from precepting, because mentoring has social, personal, practical and professional realms. Mentoring means a relationship.
Now I fortunately have been party to downsizing at companies that forced a job change and some I have chosen. But there were also times that I chose leadership “opportunities”. Every time, whether a job change or advancement, that transition was a scary process of returning to novice when I was close to expert. However, every time, the road was made smoother by mentoring.
So I want to offer you a Guided Mentorship opportunity! The CHIRON mentee/mentee relationship is a planned relationship between Sigma Theta Tau members. I offer you the following explanation and link for more. But what I really want to tell you is that we need to move beyond the Talk to Action and reach out for our personal and professional growth. You have to take risks/opportunities, even if they do make you uncomfortable, because it is only in trying that we really succeed.
See: Greene, M. T. & Puetzer, M. (2002). The value of mentoring: a strategic approach to retention and recruitment. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 17(1), 63-70.
What is the Mentored Leadership Development Program?
The Mentored Leadership Development Program offers all nurses whether they are Sigma Theta Tau members or not, an invaluable resource for mentoring and individualized leadership development. The program gives individuals the opportunity to participate in one of two ways: as a mentee or as a mentor. Mentees can be at any stage of their career and wish to develop leadership skills. They are paired with nurses who are experienced professionals and who can assist mentees during a one-year program to achieve their professional goals centered on leadership, scholarship and evidence-based nursing. Projects can be in a variety of areas including practice, scholarship, and health policy. Mentors provide guidance and networking to the mentee.
Nurses at any state of their career who wish to develop leadership skills will be selected as mentees in the Mentored Leadership Development Program. During the one-year program, each mentee is guided by an accomplished mentor. The pairs participate in group activities and with guidance from the mentor, the mentee carries out an individualized leadership development plan. Applicants will intend to use these skills in professional or community organizations, such as Sigma Theta Tau or for personal development in a current role.
A prestigious cadre of self-identified and/or invited leaders, who are willing to guide the development of mentees. A mentor must apply with a mentee. No individual mentor applications will be considered. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org