Adult Education Course

Career Coaching Modules

Career Coaching
Strengthening career development competencies is essential to building a 21st Century nursing workforce.

Compared with the business world, the nursing profession invests very little towards the ongoing career coaching and mentoring of nurses. The following modules, created in partnership with Linda Yoder, Ph.D., RN, are designed to help correct that trend, providing valuable information and resources related to various Career Development Relationships (CDRs) - including mentoring, coaching, and sponsoring.

Ready to get started? Play the video below for a fun, illustrated take on how coaching works - then check out the modules below for resources, tips, and other valuable information. 

 
Introduction

The slides to the right focus on the basics of Career Development Relationships (CDRs). The module highlights why coaching (and other CDRs) are important in today’s health care environment, and how effective nurse leaders contribute to the creation and sustainability of adaptive, responsive health care organizations.

 
Career Development Relationships

What are Career Development Relationships?

Throughout these modules, you’ll see the phrase Career Development Relationships, and its abbreviation “CDRs.” There are five types of CDRs: precepting, sponsoring, mentoring, coaching, and peer-strategizing.

To be an effective coach, it is important to understand the other four CDRs, and how coaching differs from each of them. The slides below outline the key functions of precepting, peer-strategizing, sponsoring, and mentoring relationships.

Want to learn more about the different types of CDRs? The Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses has a great has a great summary document that outlines each of the five different relationships, with an overview and sample scenario for each.

 
Career Coaching

What is Career Coaching, and how can it benefit nurses?

Sometimes mistaken or confused for mentoring, coaching is widely accepted and practiced in the business world. Coaching is designed to increase job knowledge, improve skills, strengthen work relationships, and encourage both personal and professional growth.

Dive deeper into the who, what, why, and how of Career Coaching by viewing the slides below.

To be an effective coach, it is important to understand the other four CDRs, and how coaching differs from each of them. The slides below outline the key functions of precepting, peer-strategizing, sponsoring, and mentoring relationships.

Want to learn more about the different types of CDRs? The Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses has a great summary document that outlines each of the five different relationships, with an overview and sample scenario for each.

 
Critical Steps in Coaching

What does it take to coach?

This module outlines the critical steps in coaching: how to set expectations, deliver feedback, give perspective, role-model behaviors, and other requirements of coaching. This module also defines various performance levels, with best practices and strategies for coaching each group. 

 
Key Coaching Attributes

What are the essential attributes of career coaching? What is the difference between managers and leaders? What are the responsibilities of the coach and the coachee?

This module answers the questions above, defines the process of career coaching, and outlines the leadership characteristics and key aspects required for a successful coaching experience.

 
Organizational Support

You can't embark on coaching yourself. This module highlights the importance of senior-level support of coaching and delivers strategies to build support among senior leaders in your organization.