Professional Development & Mentoring

Staff Mentoring in the KU School of Nursing

Building strong professional relationships and developing specific professional skills are key strategic priorities for KU nursing faculty and staff members. In addition to opportunities available across campus, the School of Nursing now offers a dedicated staff mentoring program through its Faculty and Staff Enhancement Program.

The staff mentoring program consists of formal group and/or individual mentoring sessions over a 6-month period. The sessions will address core knowledge sets related to successfully completing operational functions efficiently, specialized skill training and personal goal development. Staff members will work with a colleague committed to help:

  • Learn core expectations the staff role and skill set
  • Reflect on personal knowledge, attributes and interests
  • Set personal and professional development goals
  • Gain knowledge about how to work effectively and professionally
  • Proactively contribute to the School of Nursing and the University of Kansas Medical Center

This program was developed as a result of the strategic initiative to Ensure Future Academic Excellence by Developing a Succession Plan.  The program also aligns with several KUMC strategic goals addressing organizational adaptability, resilience, professionalism and communication. 


Faculty Mentoring in the KU School of Nursing

The purpose of the faculty mentoring program is to provide formal and informal mentoring for faculty at all stages of their career in the areas of teaching, research, practice, and the faculty role.  The goals of the faculty mentoring program are:
  • Build a mechanism for knowledge transfer
  • Provide guidance and support for career growth for all faculty (Including assistance with developing specific plans for promotion)
  • Promote a climate that values collegiality
  • Create a climate conducive for substantive contributions
  • Advance school's mission through scholarship
  • Support the growth of leadership skills in all faculty.

The KU School of Nursing Continuing Education Committee is facilitating the pilot of this program in 2014-2015.  For more information, please contact DeLois Laverentz at (913) 588-1664 or Carol Buller at (913) 588-1021.



Last modified: Apr 30, 2015