The Transition into Practice (TIP) Mentorship Program was created to provide mentorship for newly hired Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) and Physician Assistant (PAs) at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. The goal is to help newly hired APPs acclimate to the Lurie Children’s culture and to provide support while transitioning to their new role. The TIP program was established in 2012 and currently has over 20 active Mentors.
Each protégé (new hire) is contacted by the TIP committee, to explain the TIP program and to inform them of their Mentor. They are asked for a commitment of six months, however, the Mentor/protégé relationship may last longer, based on the established relationship and identified needs. During the course of the pairing, the protégé and Mentor will work on goal setting specifically tailored for the protégé.
The Mentors are offered training workshops, guiding them to be successful and effective Mentors. Upon completion of the protégé/Mentor pairing, a questionnaire is provided to determine the usefulness of the process and to obtain insight from the participants so the program may continually improve and we may provide our newly hired colleagues with effective and useful resources.
The TIP Committee showcased their program at the 2018 National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Conference. Below is their poster presentation.