Environmental Health Nurse Fellowship Program: Nurse Mentor Application
In June 2022, the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments will launch a second cohort of the Environmental Health Nurse Fellowship Program intended to train nurses to work with communities in tackling serious environmental health issues, with an emphasis on climate and health equity, as well as to provide them with mentorship and skills-building opportunities so that they can take on increasing leadership in the communities that they serve. See the full program description here.
A combination of mentorship, training and learning, the initiative relies on the active, enthusiastic participation of mentors committed to developing and nurturing a connection with nurse fellows (mentees), while also sharing their experiences and perspectives with the broader Fellowship Network. Applications are due March 20th and Nurse Mentors are selected by April 8th.
For the second cohort, we are seeking 8 nurse mentors with experience in environmental health and community partnerships. We anticipate that this role will require 5- 7 hours/month with some variation over the course of the year. Mentors will be paired with 3 nurse fellows for the duration of the program. Fellows are required to develop a project that addresses an identified community need in partnership with a community-based organization. The Fellows are also required to hold two environmental health educational sessions for health professional colleagues.
Expectations/Responsibilities for the Mentors:
The primary expectation of the mentor is to provide one-on-one consultation to the individual fellows and/or group of fellows regarding the Fellows’ community-based efforts. In appreciation for this commitment, we offer mentors a stipend of $1000 and access to all of the fellowship webinars (for which they will receive up to 36 contact hours of continuing education).
- Enthusiastically committed to dedicating the time and energy needed for this responsibility for the full year of the program (June 1st, 2022- May 31st, 2023)
- Participate in at least 80% of scheduled Fellowship webinars (these will take place roughly once a month for about 2 hours);
- Frequent communication with Fellows (a minimum 1 hour/month is required)
- Check in once a month with program staff (individually or with your mentee) (1 hour/month)
- Review the Fellow’s plan of action and quarterly progress reports (1 – 2 hours/month)
- Monitor fellow’s progress and adherence to outlined program requirements, in conjunction with program staff.
- Confer with Fellows as requested/needed
- Attend two Fellowship convenings to be held in June 2022 and Spring 2023. The June 2022 convening will be virtual and the Spring 2023 convening will be in-person (dependent on COVID). If an in-person meeting is held, travel and accommodations will be covered by ANHE.
- Support the evaluation and continuing improvement of this program.
Mentor applicants to the program must:
- Have at least six years of nursing experience
- Provide evidence of environmental health expertise and engagement
- Have experience working with communities to address health needs
- Demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
How do I apply for the program?
Applicants must submit the following to be considered for the fellowship:
- Contact information (name, address, email, telephone, employer/affiliated organization and position held, nursing licensure number)
- Name, affiliation, and contact information for two references
- Cover letter (max 2 pages) that further outlines your:
- Interest in the fellowship program including any past experience as a mentor.
- Relevant work, volunteer, or educational experience relating to environmental health
- Experience working with communities or community-based organizations on environmental or public health issues, highlighting any pertinent experience relating to health equity and environmental justice.
To apply, submit this nurse mentor application by March 20th. For questions regarding the fellowship please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Environmental Health Nurse Fellowship program is made possible through generous support from the Kresge Foundation. The Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments values diversity and inclusion in the workplace and we encourage nurses from all backgrounds and experiences to apply.