PH Professional Network Mentor Program
The PH Professional Network (PHPN) Mentor Program connects healthcare providers working with PH patients with a qualified peer who can provide professional mentorship. Mentees may be seeking general guidance and advice on PH-related treatment, care, and research, or seeking specific guidance on a particular topic pertaining to PH. The program is designed to enhance patient care and professional collaboration.
Mentors will be available to answer questions and provide individual support to mentees about a variety of subjects, including:
- Clinical practice experiences
- Nursing responsibilities in a PH center, including medication approval and monitoring
- Research activities
- Understanding the allied health professional role in a collaborative practice
- Managing work-related stress
- Defining their role as an active member of PHPN
Apply to be a Mentor or Mentee
To apply, interested mentees and mentors must fill out an application, include a photo and submit a CV. All applicants must be PHPN members. Applications will be reviewed and approved by the PHPN Executive Committee on a quarterly basis.
- At least five years of PAH experience
- Experience with all classes of FDA-approved PAH therapies
- A desire and ability to work with new or less-experienced PH professionals
- A desire and ability to work with experienced PH professionals in areas in which they are seeking expert advice (e.g. transitioning drugs)
- Mentors must be members of PHPN
How the Program Works
Connecting a Mentee with a Mentor
The Chair of the Membership Committee will contact the mentor and mentee and provide each with the other's contact information. The mentee will then be free to contact the mentor as needed. The mentor and mentee will discuss their preferred mode of communication and a schedule for any regular communication, if needed. The mentor will agree to be available to one mentee for a period of up to six months.
Documenting the Mentor Relationship
Both the mentee and mentor will be expected to fill out an evaluation form after Month 1, Month 3, and Month 6 of the relationship. The evaluation will collect information about:
- Frequency of contact
- General comments about the experience
- Any issues that arise
The Membership Committee will review the data and share this information with PHA and the PHPN Executive Committee as needed to help identify the needs and challenges faced by new PH professionals as well as opportunities to improve the program.
Support for Mentors
Support is available through PHA and your fellow mentors. Mentors will have access to an email group where they can ask questions and share experiences, successes, and challenges with one another as a way to enhance their mentoring skills. All mentors will be added to the group and may use it as needed. The Membership Committee Chair, as well as the PHA Allied Health Program Associate, will help monitor the group.
Length of Mentorship
Six Month Limit
The Chair of the Membership Committee will contact active mentors after six months of a mentorship to evaluate the relationship. If the mentee wants to extend the mentorship, the mentor will have the option to continue the mentorship or end it. Should the mentor elect to end the mentorship, he/she should send the mentee a transition message to end the formal relationship.
If the mentee would like to continue working with a mentor, they may request a new mentor.
The six-month period is in place to make mentors available to future mentees. Mentors are not bound to a term length, and may resign from their position if professional or personal obligations interfere with their ability to carry out mentor responsibilities.
If you have any questions about the program or the status of your application, please email PHPNMentor@PHAssociation.org or call 301-565-3004 x761.