The surprising benefits of being a mentor to others


by SimGHOSTS Vice President NIck Brauer


Those who have been a medical simulation operation specialist for more than a month quickly realize the complexity of the role. Such is the extent that the community is unable to agree on nomenclature for such positions. One thing is for sure though, successful programs employee teams with varying backgrounds. The experienced operation specialist is someone who possesses experience and knowledge. And, it is this first-hand experience that allows one to be a MENTOR who is sought after by MENTEES.

What are the benefits of being a mentor? Benefits can and will vary for each, but at the end of the day it’s ultimately about community. SimGHOSTS core values summarizes the advantages eloquently.

Innovate the world of healthcare simulation and patient safety.

Advocate for those operating healthcare simulation technology spaces.

Educate our professional community to improve outcomes.

Network with our global community at regional events and online hubs.

Engage champions, institutions, and organizations.

Zeal for our craft, community, and profession!

Once again, how do you as a MENTOR gain value? Listed below are 10 reasons to become involved with a mentee.

1) Allows the mentor to "give back" to others in the profession without a huge time commitment

2) Fosters leadership skills

3) Develops professional relationships

4) Enhances peer recognition

5) It provides personal satisfaction through supporting the development of others

6) Ongoing attention to mentor's own career development

7) Enhancement of coaching, mentoring, leadership, and management skills

8) Opportunity for exposure to a diversity of thought, style, personality, and culture

9) A lasting career network

10) Helps re-energize the mentor's career

In the coming weeks and months there are going to be a series of webinars for those interested in participating in the 2019 Mentorship Program. Join Billie Pascal and I as we kick off the program launch on November 19 @ 4:00 pm PST. Learn more about how to apply and get involved with others new and old in the community here.

"Mentoring works best when it focuses on the entire person versus focusing on skill development alone." Harvard Business Review