Central Pa Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics

Purpose and General Information

The CPAND Mentoring Program is designed to facilitate a positive developmental partnership between mentors and mentees. The goal is to promote the long-term career development of RD/RDN’s/DTR’s. Mentoring is an active partnership between an experienced Registered Dietitian/Registered Dietitian Nutritionist or DTR and a less experienced member to foster professional growth and career development. The Mentor’s knowledge and insights gained over years of experience serve as a valuable tool to facilitate the effective and efficient growth of the Mentee.  While an individual Mentor will not have all of the answers, he or she should be able to serve as a valuable point of reference for the Mentee.

In order for the Mentoring Program to be successful, both the Mentor and Mentee must be active members of CPAND.  We believe one year is an appropriate time frame for an effective mentor/mentee relationship. In addition, to ensure a successful relationship between Mentor and Mentee, the following guidelines are offered:

  • Negotiate a commitment – agree to have regular contact at pre-defined intervals (at least monthly)
  • Establish a rapport – learn as much as possible about the other person
  • Be confident and respectful – both the Mentor and Mentee have something important to offer each other
  • Be enthusiastic – demonstrate mutual interest in the mentoring relationship
  • Communicate – share knowledge and experience openly
  • Be a good listener – hear what the Mentor or Mentee is saying
  • Be an active participant – act upon what has been learned
  • Be accessible – have an open door policy
  • Take responsibility – it takes two to have a successful mentoring relationship

Qualifications to be a Mentor:

  • Active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Central PA Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Held RD/RDN credential for at least 3 years
  • Held DTR credential for at least 3 years
  • Shows a strong interest in mentoring individuals through periodic phone calls, email and/or face to face meetings/activities
  • Willing to dedicate one year to fostering the mentor/mentee relationship
  • If you are a CPAND member and wish to become a mentor, apply here!

Qualifications to be a Mentee:

  • Active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Central PA Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Student or newly credentialed RD/RDN or DTR
  • Desire to have a Mentor assigned to assist in his/her professional development
  • Willing to dedicate one year to fostering the mentor/mentee relationship
  • If you are a CPAND member and wish to become a mentee, apply here!

 

For additional details, download CPAND Mentoring Program Slides.