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Nurses as Mentors

 
  Jean Dvorak RN, MSN (far right) with a clinical group from the University of Southern Maine School of Nursing.

In addition to the excellent care Mid Coast Hospital nurses give to our patients, many of the nurses serve as mentors to nursing students from area colleges.

As mentors, the nurses oversee the student nurses who are assigned to their units, modeling for them safe practices, supportive and educational interaction with patients, informed decision making with regard to patient care, and collaboration with other medical specialists involved in patient care.

While student nurses benefit from having as varied an experience as possible in each area of nursing practice, the patient is always given the opportunity to determine if a student nurse is to be part of his/her care team.