POCN 2021 NP/PA Mentoring Program General Information & FAQs

General Information (Note: We have modified the timing based on several NP/PA requests to allow for more Mentee registrants)

  • The goal of the mentoring program is to facilitate support of NP/PAs looking for guidance and support from peers and leaders in the NP/PA community. The mentoring program is also intended to give NP/PAs perspective from outside their practice or clinic setting
  • Deadline for mentor and mentee applications is July 2, 2021. Late applications will be considered for peer coaching opportunities
  • One mentor is paired with 1 to 3 mentees and pairing will be based upon specific interests and skills
  • This mentoring program is only for US-based NP/PAs
  • Mentor engagements will be coordinated through a virtual platform (eg, Zoom), over the course of 6 months, between June and December, and hosted as either one 60-minute meeting or two 30-minute meetings per month. The platform, mentor/mentee assignments, and a curriculum will be provided by POCN for all participants
  • A kick-off meeting for mentors will be scheduled in July once mentor and mentee assignments have been finalized
  • This program is offered at no cost to mentees, with only 500 mentee slots available
  • Mentors will be compensated for their time at the end of the mentorship program. Compensation will be confirmed once a mentor has completed their commitment to support their assigned mentees over the course of 6 months
  • A survey/evaluation must be completed by the mentee and mentor at the conclusion of the mentorship

FAQs

General Information FAQs

The goal of the mentoring program is to facilitate support of NP/PAs looking for guidance and support from peers and leaders in the NP/PA community. The mentoring program is also intended to give NP/PAs perspective from outside their practice or clinic setting. POCN will aim to match NP/PAs to leaders who are established in areas of interest for mentees.

Only US-based NP/PAs can participate in this program. Mentors and mentees will have to register. To ensure that mentors are well-respected leaders in the NP/PA community, mentor applicants will need to submit their CV. Mentees will also be required to submit their CV.
  • Registration opens: March 10, 2021
  • Registration closes: July 2, 2021
  • Mentor/mentee assignments announced: June 30, 2021
  • Mentor Training July 15, 2021/Kick-off meeting: July 20, 2021
  • Mentoring meeting conducted monthly: August 2021 to January 2022
Mentors must:

  • Be a US-based NP/PA
  • Have at least 5 years of experience as an NP/PA (experience can include a combination of academia, clinical research, and clinical practice)
  • Preference will be given to NP/PAs who have exhibited leadership or community support (ie, former or current fellows, involvement in peer coaching, authorship, leadership in medical societies)
  • Provide recommendations from at least two peers (NP/PA)
    • Full names and email addresses of two peers (NP/PA) provided to POCN to contact for a recommendation as to why the registrant should be considered for a mentor role
Yes, mentors will receive an honorarium upon completion of their commitment in supporting their assigned mentees for the full 6 months.
The program is free to mentees. Early registration is encouraged, as the slots for mentees are limited to 500 nationwide.
Mentors and mentees will be asked about their topic preferences, specialty, skills, and experience. These answers, along with the information provided on the CVs, will be the basis for matching mentees to mentors.

Program-Specific FAQs

Suggested topics will be provided to each group to help shape the discussions to support the group’s objectives, however the mentor and mentees may decide as a team to discuss other topics as long as they are in the spirit of supporting the advancement of the mentees within the group.

Yes, training will be provided in July prior to the start of the programs in August.

Mentoring will be conducted via videoconferencing.
You will receive a password to a password-protected portal to download training materials once you have been confirmed and paired with a mentee.
There is a never-ending need to support the NP/PA community. Although there are only 50 mentor spots for the formal mentor program, POCN wants to facilitate coaching for others who want to help support the next generation of NP/PAs. A peer coach is an NP/PA that is either unable to make the time commitment or does not fully meet the criteria to become a mentor. Therefore, POCN developed opportunities to coach or support the NP/PA community in other POCN activities. We will contact you to determine the right opportunities for you.