At Northwell Health, we are committed to helping our team members to develop their skills and gain a foundation for a lifelong career journey. With that in mind, Northwell Health’s Advanced Clinical Provider (ACP) team launched a one-year mentorship program to support ACPs who are new to our health system.
Our first cohort, a mix of 20 Nurse Practitioners (NPs) and Physician Assistants (PAs), recently celebrated their graduation from the program with a virtual ceremony. Each of our NPs and PAs had been matched with an experienced ACP mentor who worked with them throughout the year to develop essential clinical and non-clinical skills for a successful career.
Throughout the program, ACP mentees were able to enhance skills beyond their clinical knowledge by learning about our organization and self-awareness. By connecting mentors and mentees, the program fostered relationships that will create a support system for all ACP team members beyond their specialty and site.
A mentor can be especially helpful for NPs and PAs coming into a health system as large as Northwell Health, with 74,000+ team members, 23 hospitals and 800+ ambulatory locations. “Mentorship is extremely valuable for any new hire, regardless of clinical experience, into a large system,” says Jennifer Laffey DNP, FNP-BC, AVP, Advanced Clinical Providers. “Having a mentor can help navigate any non-clinical challenges as well as provide direction for clinical aspects as well. Mentees gain organizational awareness from their mentors and direct insight to all the opportunities the health system has to offer.”
The virtual graduation celebrated the relationships that had been built throughout the successful program, highlighting testimonials from both mentors and mentees on the impact they had on each other. Mentors and mentees shared stories of how they were able to learn from each other throughout the year-long program, encouraging each other to grow and see things differently.
“No matter what role you are in it is always helpful to have a guide, a coach, or a cheerleader to help navigate day-to-day personal or professional activities,” says Sheila Davies DNP, ANP-BC, senior administrative director, Advanced Clinical Providers. “Two areas that resonate with me when discussing mentorship programs are the value of friendship and nurturing that mentorship can provide. Thoughtful guidance and support can often inspire an individual’s trajectory and the relationship that was developed will often be everlasting.”
Congratulations to all of our NPs and PAs on graduating from this exciting new program!
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