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                            Mid-East Region Mentoring Program

In Greek mythology, Mentor (sometimes Mentês) was the son of Alcumus and, in his old age,
a friend of Odysseus. When Odysseus left for the Trojan War he placed Mentor in charge of
his son, Telemachus, and of his palace. When Athena visited Telemachus she took the disguise
of Mentor to hide herself from the suitors of Telemachus' mother Penelope. (See Odyssey
Book II, lines 255 and 268.) When Odysseus returns to Ithaca, Athena (in the form of Mentor)
takes the form of a swallow and the suitors' arrows have no effect on him.




"Telemachus and Mentor" Illustration for "Les Aventures de Télémaque"

The first recorded modern usage of the term can be traced to a book entitled "Les Aventure s de
Telemaque", by the French writer François Fénelon [1]. In the book the lead character is that of
Mentor. This book was published in 1699 and was very popular during the 18th century and
the modern application of the term can be traced to this publication [1].

This is the source of the modern use of the word me ntor: a trusted friend, counselor or teacher,
usually a more experienced person. Some professions have "mentoring programs" in which
newcomers are paired with more experienced people in order to obtain good examples and
advice as they advance, and schools sometimes have mentoring programs for new students or
students who are having difficulties.

Today mentors provide their expertise to less experienced individuals in order to help them
advance their careers, enhance their education, and build their networks.

-From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



The Mid-East Region WOCN is establishing a formal mentoring program. We all, at some time, needed
mentors to help us get where we wanted to be and help us become what we are today. Even if you feel
less experienced than others within the region, remember that there are always “new” WOC nurses just
starting down the path you’ve been walking and, to them, you are a potential mentor. If you are a
professional wound, ostomy and/or continence nurse, you may be eligible to serve as a mentor.
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If you are interested in serving as a potential mentor, please contact _Sonya Perry
sperrycwocn@msn.com to have your name added to the list. You will need to provide areas in which
you can mentor another (examples: private practice, fistula management, urodynamics, outpatient
clinic, ostomy models/molds, biofeedback, and lower extremity ulcers). General requirements to serve
as a mentor:

             Graduate of accredited WOCNEP.
             At least one year full time clinical experience after graduation from WOCNEP.
             Current certification in area serving as mentor.



As a mentor, you may also be asked to serve as a preceptor for a student from an accredited WOCNEP.
To do that, you need a documented caseload in addition to the qualifications listed above.

Who needs mentoring? Ask yourself the following:

       Do you ever need to “run that question by someone” but aren’t sure who that someone is?
       Do you think you’d like to learn more about particular issues or interventions?
       Are you considering changing your career focus?
       Do you want to become an independent contractor/consultant?
       Are you considering venturing into a different role?
       Are you interested in government affairs that concern nursing and/or WOC patients?
       Do you want to learn something new?

If you answered yes, perhaps you need a mentor. The mentoring relationship might be short (a
discussion about a particular case or question) or long. This decision is mutually reached by the mentor
and the person they are mentoring.

If you need a mentor (or a potential preceptor), review the Mentor List and identify potential mentors
based on your needs and their areas of expertise. Obtain the potential mentor’s information via the
Member Directory on the Members Only section of the WOCN website.

The Mid-East Region only provides the information shared by members. The Mid-East Region does not
endorse the skills or expertise of any individual listed as a mentor. The Mid-East Region is not liable
for any actions or outcomes of the mentoring experience.
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            Mentor        Professional Strengths             Precepts For
                                Advanced Practice
Mary Arnold Long                                         Cleveland Clinic
                             – CNS role
mary.long@healthall.com                                  Emory
                                Wound
                                                         WebWOC
                             Management
                                Fistula
                             Management
                                Ostomy
                             Management
                                LTACH site of
                             service
                                Getting involved
                             in WOCN Society
                                Presentation Tips
Carole Bauer (MI)                                       Ostomy
                                Ostomy & wound
                                                        WICKS
carolebauer@wowway.com       care in the oncology
                                                        Emory
                             patient including
                                                        Cleveland Clinic
                                GVHD
                                                      (RB Turnbull)
                                metastatic skin
                             lesions
                                EGFR rash
                                a smattering with
                             radiation skin
                             reactions, cutaneous
                             T-cell lymphoma,
                                fistula
                             management



                                                         Emory
Sonya Perry (WV)                                         WebWOC
                                Wound, Ostomy &
sperrycwocn@msn.com
                             Fistula Management
                                Acute Care site of
                             service
                                Outpatient Ostomy
                             & Fistula Management
                                Research
                             Utilization
                                Private practice
                                Ostomy
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                                                          Precepts For
           Mentor             Professional Strengths
                                                                Emory
                                    Advanced Practice
Joy Pittman                     – NP role
joyce.pittman@insightbb.com         Wound, Ostomy &
                                Fistula Management
                                    Acute
                                setting, Trauma 1, site
                                of service
                                    Past experience in
                                out patient setting and
                                continence program
                                    Getting involved
                                in WOCN Society
                                    Research
                                    Program
                                development


Barb Metzger (KY)                  Private Practice



Rosemary Gravelie (IN)             Ostomy


Therese Staton (IN)                Ostomy


Jennifer Hunter                    Home Health



Cathy Blackwell (IN)                Wound, Ostomy &            Emory
                                fistula management              Cleveland
                                     LTACH site of
                                service
                                    outpatient wound
                                clinic
                                     home care
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         Mentor             Professional Strengths       Precepts For

Jimmie-Lou Ault (IN)             Ostomy
                               management
                                 Fistula
                               management




Debra Crawford                   Ostomy & fistula                Emory
                                                
                               management & NICU Em
                               -Adult           




Connie Lawrence (WV)              Ostomy, Wound,                 Cleveland
connies.lawrence@camc.org      Incontinence & Fistula             Emory
                               management                         WICKS
                                  outpatient stoma               Web WOC
                               clinic
                                  getting involved in
                               WOCN society
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        Mentor           Professional Strengths         Precepts For

Sara Pulskamp (OH)             wound, ostomy
                               colorectal surgery
                            private practice, fistula
                            management,
                               graduate
                            school(NP)




  Kinda Walden (OH)             wound, ostomy &
waldenke@healthall.com      fistula management




   Molly Pierce (OH)          ostomy                         Emory
molly.pierce@osumc.edu      management,
                            oncology



    Patti Burke (OH)           wound, ostomy



  Karen Granby (OH)             wound, ostomy,
                            fistula




    Shelley Harmony             wound, ostomy,               Mentoring WOCN
                            fistula                        students or new
                                                           graduates

   Sharlene Kennedy
   CWOCN, FNP-BC
    SharETNP@aol.com                                            Mentor
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Susan Maditz                    Professional Strengths     Preceptor For
(Profile at
www.WOCN.org)                      Hospital based
                                    practice, teaching,
                                    Wound VAC usage,
                                    fistula management.
Joy Pittman RN,
FNP,CWOCN
                                   Acute setting,
                                    Education, VAC,
                                    fistula, OP, HH


Molly Pierce RN,ET
Molly.pierce@osumc.edu
(614) 293-8897                         Ostomy, Oncology


Mary Merrill
RN,CWOCN                                Fistula, Wound,
Mdmerrill52@hotmail.com                      Ostomy
(614) 293-8897


Sue Kohl
RN,BSN,CWOCN, CFCN                      Wound, Ostomy
suekohl@chwc.hospital.com
(419)485-3154



Hedy Zmijewski
Penn4103@aol.com
                                        Wound, Ostomy
(317)338-3105


Nancy Waltz
njwaltz@stvincent.org
(317) 338-3105
                                        Wound, Ostomy

Cathy Blackwell
cathbl@aol.com
(317) 415-8388                          Wound, Ostomy
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        Mentor             Professional Strengths     Preceptor For


      Denise Elber              Wound, Ostomy &
delber@parmahospital.org           Continence
     (440) 743-2266


      Pam Baker
   RN,BSN,CWOCN                 Wound, Ostomy &
notmywil@insightbb.com             Continence
    (859) 576-8563


 Anita Sheiley MSN,RN,          Pediatrics, Wound,
     CWOCN, PCNS                Ostomy & Continence
  ashelley@clarian.org           Acute Care &
    (317) 274-5018 w                 Outpatient

				
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