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/ˈmen(t)ərˌSHip/  (noun) 

  1. the guidance provided by a mentor, especially an experienced person in a company or educational institution
  2. a relationship between two people where the individual with more experience and knowledge is able to pass along what they have learned to a more junior individual within a certain field 


The SANP Mentorship Program was developed by the SANP Mentorship Executive to provide support and valuable advice to new Nurse Practitioners (NPs) at a critical point in their careers. The mentorship program was launched in 2022-2023 year and is going into its third year. Mentors share their experiential knowledge to assist mentees in their transition from graduate studies to their new clinical role. The experience may include guidance and advice on career transition, clinical resources, procedural skills and work life balance. Mentorship goals are set by the mentee, and each mentor/mentee relationship will set its own parameters. 

When matched with the mentor, mentees are strongly encourage to take the lead in the relationship to ensure that they are making the most of the experience. When matched, both parties meet on a regular basis and have contact through email, phone or in person meetings. The duration of the mentor/mentee relationship is from November to May but may continue after the program has concluded if desired buy both parties. The program is NOT  an employment program, and the mentor/mentee relationship is considered to be voluntary. 


To apply for the SANP Mentorship Program, mentees need to:

  • be registered in good standing with the College of Registered Nurses of Saskatchewan (CRNS) as a NP and be less than 12 months from completing graduate nursing studies, or

  • be registered in good standing with the CRNS as a Graduate Nurse Practitioner (GNP), or

  • be a new NP to Saskatchewan within the past year, and
  • hold an Active Membership with the SANP.

Mentors should:

  • be registered in good standing with the College of Registered Nurses of Saskatchewan (CRNS) as a NP, and

  • have a minimum of 5 years experience as a NP, and

  • hold an Active Membership with the SANP.


Both mentor and mentee are required to:

  • participate in an initial program overview meeting (virtual), 

  • schedule a mentor/mentee planning session to discuss mentee goals and learning objectives, 

  • establish individual relationship terms while taking into account the unique needs of both the mentor and mentee,

  • provide feedback in pre- and post-mentorship surveys,

  • participate in a midterm and final mentorship virtual meeting of all program members,

  • provide a time commitment for November to May of the mentorship year, with suggested time commitment of:

    • one to three hours per month, and 

    • agreement to respond to communication within 72 hours. 

NP Mentorship Program  Summary (SANP, 2023)


Both mentees and mentors will be requested to complete pre- and post-mentorship surveys. Information gathered will remain confidential, and assist the SANP Mentorship representatives to maintain and improve upon the NP Mentorship Program for future offerings. General feedback on the mentorship program is always welcomed, and may be sent via email to mentorship@sasknp.org.

For more information and application forms





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  Saskatchewan Association of Nurse Practitioners

  Box 97 Lipton ,SK S0G 3B0

  E: info@sasknp.org

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