Mentor/Mentee Profiles

Dear Mentors and Mentees,

Thank you for your interest in becoming mentor/mentee to support nursing leadership!

The NAC is piloting one mentor/mentee relationship per region. Your personal information will not be shared. Mentors are  needed for North and South regions. To become a mentor please complete the mentor profile (see profiles below) and email completed profile to the director.

Potential mentees for the pilot apply here.

Please contact the director at info@neactioncoalition.org for more information.

The following mentors have volunteered because of their passion for the nursing profession and commitment to prepare tomorrow’s leaders. Listed are expectiations of mentors in developing the mentor/mentee relationship:

  • Meet with my mentee a minimum of monthly via phone or face-to-face. A 6 month to 1 year commitment  is required. (This relationship may continue for longer if agreeable to mentor and mentee).
  • More frequent interaction can be conducted via e-mail or other electronic means

Available mentors will be in green text. When a mentor has been selected the text will change to red. Mentees please contact info@neactioncoalition.org when you have selected a mentor and give the number you chose. Thank you!

Mentor #1/East Region 

1. Why do you want to take part in this program? I mentor many individuals every day, and my goal is to continue helping nurses toward success. Mentoring faculty toward improved education for students and themselves, as well as being active in nursing in the community, is one piece. Another goal is to help students become the best individual they can become, and teach them that nursing is a community that they serve a role in. Aside from my position, I mentor others in meetings and through service in organizations, as well as through volunteering. With a goal to help as many individuals as I can, mentoring must be a priority. This is my vision for Nebraska nurses – to form a strong community of diverse nurses prepared to grow, serve, and represent nursing proudly through service at all levels, from volunteering to legislative impact. I believe nurses need to be everywhere to show our commitment, caring, and capabilities.

2. Have you ever been a mentor? x Yes  No. If yes, please explain in what capacity. (What was your role and was it through volunteer activities or a formal program?) As noted above, I mentor many individuals every day. I mentor faculty to improve their ability to teach and reach students at all levels and abilities. I mentor students to improve their ability to critically think and become a valued nursing professional. Also, I have mentored students from other programs toward professional behaviors and goals. These mentees have assured me that my assistance has been vital to their success. Given this, I would enjoy mentoring others toward their goals.

3. Please list your current and past professional experiences that would assist you to be a mentor for a mentee interested in board membership. I am a certified nurse educator, and have been certified in the past in as an operating room nurse as well. My current and past positions in charge of small and large, diverse and dynamic nursing programs has afforded me the knowledge, skills and abilities to mentor in the areas of leadership and education as well. I have authored works and presented nationally as well, and am happy to help with these items as well. My past and present service on boards could also prove helpful to those new to service in this area.

 4. What are the strengths/qualities you bring to make this a valuable experience for both you and your mentee? I am a strong leader – kind and capable. My mentees find me approachable and helpful.

5. Please list any interest or hobbies that would be helpful in matching you with a mentee. I enjoy reading and horses.

Mentor#2/East Region

1. Why do you want to take part in this program? I love to help others learn and grow. I have always used a professional mentor for my own professional career development and have actively mentored staff nurses, peers, and more currently nursing students and other healthcare professionals.

2. Have you ever been a mentor? X Yes  No.  I have 41 years of experience as an RN. The first 36 years I served in a variety of management and leadership roles for a large health system here in Nebraska. Some of these roles included coaching and mentoring front line staff and/or managers via my formal positions of Unit Director for a Progressive Care Unit, Home Care Clinical Coordinator, Quality Manager, House Supervisor, Chief Nursing Officer. I continue to serve now as a career coach and sounding board for former employees. In addition, I mentored new board members when I served on the State Home Care and Hospital Nursing Association. Since accepting a position of instructor at UNMC College of Nursing I have formally mentored students including 5 former students who have changed careers or continue to stay in touch for ongoing mentoring.

3. Please list your current and past professional experiences that would assist you to be a mentor for a mentee interested in board membership. I have served on multiple boards over the years in both healthcare and non-healthcare related situations. Some examples include the state board for the Nebraska Home Care and Hospice Association, Roncalli High School, Nebraska Organization of Nurse Leaders (NONL) state board, Nebraska Hospital Association Educational Planning board, New Careers in Nursing (NCIN) board, and the UNMC Interprofessional Education committee/board. I have also formally completed Maria Nemeth’s Mastering Life’s Energies course, employee coaching/mentoring programs presented by Gallup, and more recently the Sigma Theta Tau International Mentoring 6 hour independent educational modules.

4. What are the strengths/qualities you bring to make this a valuable experience for both you and your mentee?  Strength Finders: Command, Ideation, Input, Learner and Relator. Meyer-Briggs: ENTJ/P. I am a good listener and can readily connect the dots to identify trends. I have a huge network of personal and professional contacts within Nebraska and beyond. I have a lot of experience presenting to boards as well as questioning presentations being presented to board members. Mentoring comes easily for me and I have a personal passion for helping others to identify and leverage their strengths. I safeguard personal information disclosed by others in confidence.

5. Please list any interest or hobbies that would be helpful in matching you with a mentee. Downhill skiing, golf, swimming, reading and writing murder mysteries, traveling within and beyond the United States, gardening, Nebraska football, baseball, volleyball, and basketball. UNO hockey, Creighton basketball.

Mentor #3/East Region

1. Why do you want to take part in this program? I have had many talented and gracious mentors in my career. Their advice and leadership continue to guide me I and I recall my interactions with them as I face challenges and decisions in my personal and professional life. Offering to mentor others is the best possible way I can honor the time and energy they have given to me over the years. We need to grow and gently encourage our new leaders in nursing.

 2. Have you ever been a mentor?Yes  No. I was active in the Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees) where I practiced and perfected skills in project management and leadership. I then served as mentor to new members in our local community and at a regional level. I was honored at the state level by being declared a life-long member and Nebraska Jaycee Governor. While in the Jaycees I also joined another community organization, The Millard Days Committee.

Millard Days is an organization of 13 community groups who work together to put on a week-long celebration to raise funds for local projects. I served as an officer for many years, including three years as chair. Gaining consensus and team building were key skills in this organization. We contributed significant funding to local projects, funded local scholarships and coordinated with the Omaha Parks Department in obtaining a federally funded grant for walking trails.

I have been a member of the board of director of MOCONS for 15 years, retiring from the board this past year. I served in multiple leadership levels on this board including president. It was my honor to mentor new leaders as they joined our organization and board of directors.

3. Please list your current and past professional experiences that would assist you to be a mentor for a mentee interested in board membership.

  • Leadership and various officer responsibilities in multiple organizations.
  • Coordination of grant request at the federal level.
  • Experience in setting clear, obtainable goals.
  • Team building and gaining group consensus.
  • Project management; including planning, implementation, reporting and smooth sequential leadership transition.

4. What are the strengths/qualities you bring to make this a valuable experience for both you and your mentee? May include results from Strength Finders, Emergenetics, Meyers-Briggs, etc.

  • Bachelor Degree in Business Leadership
  • Built first Oncology Nurse Navigator program at Immanuel Cancer Center for Lung and Breast Cancer patients.
  • Certifications: Oncology Nursing Society, Cancer Care Nurse Navigator, Breast Health Navigator.
  • Master in Science, Nursing
  • Energized by change. Qualities include intuitive, feeling, strategic thinking, and quality improvement.

5. Please list any interest or hobbies that would be helpful in matching you with a mentee. I am a young widow and remain very active with my grown children and growing grandchildren. I enjoy watching sports, especially football and basketball. I am blessed with a close circle of life-long friends, with whom I travel nationally and internationally. I spend free time reading, sewing and trying many kinds of hand-crafts.

Mentor #4/West Region

1. Why do you want to take part in this program? I love mentoring young nurses.

2. Have you ever been a mentor? x  Yes  No. I have mentored student nurses for years. I have mentored graduate students and faculty members.

3. Please list your current and past professional experiences that would assist you to be a mentor for a mentee interested in board membership.

  • Vice President AHEC
  • Wyoming Section Chair AWHONN
  • Assistant Dean UNMC CON Western Division

4. What are the strengths/qualities you bring to make this a valuable experience for both you and your mentee? May include results from Strength Finders, Emergenetics, Meyers-Briggs, etc.

  • I am very compassionate
  • I am an encourager

5. Please list any interest or hobbies that would be helpful in matching you with a mentee.

  • Nursing Education
  • Maternal-newborn nursing

Mentor #5/East Region

1. Why do you want to take part in this program? I have served on numerous professional organizations’ boards and committees as well as state regulatory boards (Currently Board of Nursing and, in the past: Board of Health and served as Chair, Center for Nursing, Center for Nursing Foundation Chair). As I approach retirement, I think I can best assist a mentee who is ready to serve at the levels of these boards.

2. Have you ever been a mentor?   X Yes    No.   While not in a formal role, I have been a mentor, of sorts, to Creighton undergrad and graduate nursing students for over 35 years. I currently facilitate the “Leadership Scholars” program at Creighton University’s College of Nursing, in which mentorship is a key component. Also informally, I have worked with a variety of nursing professionals and encouraged their career plans.

3. Please list your current and past professional experiences that would assist you to be a mentor for a mentee interested in board membership.

I have served on numerous professional organizations’ boards and committees as well as state regulatory boards (Currently Board of Nursing and, in the past: Board of Health and served as Chair, Center for Nursing, Center for Nursing Foundation Chair).

4.  What are the strengths/qualities you bring to make this a valuable experience for both you and your mentee? May include results from Strength Finders, Emergenetics, Meyers-Briggs, etc. Meyers-Briggs: ENTJ; Strength Quest: WOO, Achiever, Activator, Relator, and Ideation (if I remember correctly).

5.  Please list any interest or hobbies that would be helpful in matching you with a mentee. Reading, cooking, grandchildren, legislative activities.