TSNRP promotes mentoring of new and junior military nurse researchers as a way to achieve its goal of expanding the cadre of military nurse researchers.
A mentor is an experienced nurse researcher who supports, guides, and assists a new or junior investigator through a supervised research experience. A good mentor provides structure, aids in accountability, facilitates knowledge, and encourages professional development. He or she is an active listener, guides without dictating actions, encourages independence yet offers support, and offers constructive criticism and compliments.
Do I need a mentor?
New and junior investigators must specify a mentor and include a mentoring plan in their applications. Proposals are evaluated on the expertise and credentials of the mentor and the plan's potential to develop a military nurse researcher. The mentor must be a member of the research team and be available to provide support to the investigator.
The mentoring plan must:
- Identify the expected knowledge transfer from the mentor to the principal investigator.
- Clearly explain the means and frequency of contact between the mentor and principal investigator.
- Describe the mentor's plan to evaluate the principal investigator's progress.
Mentoring takes time. Choose someone who is not only a content expert in your area of interest but willing to take the time to participate fully in the mentoring process.
For a mentoring relationship to be successful, you must be a good mentee. You must be willing to be mentored and accept responsibility for your research study. Strive to do your best work at all times. Ask questions thoughtfully, accept criticism graciously, learn from your mistakes—be open, honest, respectful, and grateful. You can benefit from your mentor's experiences and develop lifelong assistance with your research career.