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Mentorship

Mentors are an important part of any successful paramedic’s career. From educators in the classroom who teach you right from wrong, to trusted partners who show you the intricacies of the profession, mentors are vital to a having a sustainable career. PANJEMS has created a mentorship program in which experienced paramedics are paired with paramedic students or new paramedics so they can have a safe resource to go to. Often, it is much easier for a medic student to feel comfortable asking someone outside of their usual command structure for help understanding a concept or reviewing a call.


Paramedics who are applying as potential mentors should be dedicated to EMS and improving our workforce.  They should have a long and steady career within ALS care in New Jersey, be strong clinical providers, and capable educators. Anyone can apply to be a mentee. However, this program is geared towards paramedics in the beginning stages or years of their career, driven to improve their own performance on and off the truck, and dedicated to a career in EMS. Paramedic students are also eligible to apply and become a mentee. 


While there are no hard guidelines to qualify as a mentor or mentee, individual candidates will be screened and paired with a mentor or mentee if appropriate. Both parties will receive an email notifying them of being paired and information regarding the other person. Participants in this program will be introduced via email to their respective mentor or mentee.  The mentor is then expected to contact and connect with their mentee. 
 

After the initial introduction, the goal is that the mentor can provide professional and educational advice.. Ideally, the pairing will develop into a reliable relationship in which the mentee can freely discuss goals and aspirations while the mentor can provide feedback and guidance, and encouragement.

Goals

  1. Providing guidance and support: PANJEMS’ mentorship aims to provide guidance and support to mentees, helping them navigate their professional and personal lives, and develop the skills and knowledge necessary to advance their careers. 

  2. Developing skills and knowledge: This program also aims to help mentees develop specific skills and knowledge relevant to their field or industry. This may involve providing training, feedback, and coaching on topics such as communication, problem-solving, and leadership. 

  3. Building networks: Another important goal is to help mentees build their professional networks, connecting them with mentors, peers, and other professionals in their field. This can help mentees learn about new opportunities, gain access to resources and information, and build relationships that can benefit them throughout their careers. 

  4. Fostering personal growth: PANJEMS mentorship program also strives to support mentees in their personal growth, helping them develop self-awareness, resilience, and a positive mindset. This can help mentees overcome challenges and setbacks, and build the confidence and resilience necessary to succeed in their careers.

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Mentor Candidate(s)

  1. Expertise: A professional mentor should have deep knowledge and expertise in the field or industry in which they are mentoring. They should have a proven track record of success and be able to provide guidance and advice based on their own experiences. 

  2. Communication Skills: Effective communication is essential for a professional mentor to be able to effectively convey ideas, give feedback, and provide guidance. A good mentor should be able to communicate clearly and effectively in both written and verbal communication. 

  3. Empathy: A good mentor should be able to empathize with their mentee and understand their perspective. They should be able to see things from the mentee's point of view and be able to provide guidance and support based on that understanding. 

  4. Commitment: A professional mentor should be committed to the mentoring relationship and willing to invest time and effort into helping their mentee succeed. They should be reliable and available when the mentee needs their help and support. 

  5. Confidentiality: A good mentor should be able to maintain confidentiality and respect the privacy of their mentee. They should be able to create a safe and trusting environment where the mentee feels comfortable sharing their thoughts and concerns without fear of judgment or repercussions.

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Mentee Candidate(s)

  1. Commitment: A professional mentee should be committed to the mentoring relationship and willing to invest time and effort into their own growth and development. They should take an active role in the relationship and be open to learning and trying new things.

  2. Respect: A mentee should show respect for their mentor and value their expertise and advice. They should be open to feedback and willing to consider different perspectives. 

  3. Initiative: A good mentee should take initiative in the relationship and be proactive in seeking feedback and guidance. They should be willing to ask questions and seek out opportunities for growth and development. Accountability: A mentee should take responsibility for their own growth and development and be accountable for their actions and decisions. They should be willing to set goals and work towards achieving them. 

  4. Trust: A mentee should be able to trust their mentor and feel comfortable sharing their thoughts and concerns. They should be able to communicate openly and honestly with their mentor and be receptive to feedback and guidance.

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Get in Touch

If you are interested in becoming a mentor or feel like you could benefit from having a mentor please fill out the appropriate application. Any questions or concerns should be directed to Abraham Pritzker at vp@panjems.org

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