Messenger - Vol. 4, No. 1, Page 7 1994 Nursing alumni volunteer as mini-mentors Alumni from the University of Delaware's College of Nursing have created a new mentor program designed to benefit UD students and alumni alike. The Career Network Program will link working alumni with students or other alumni who would like to spend a day at work with a nurse in a particular specialty. "This mini-mentoring program is designed to give students and alumni who may wish to investigate specific career areas insight into different career paths," Mary Lou Hamilton, president of the College of Nursing Alumni Association, said. The program, which began this fall, could include mentors from a wide variety of nursing areas, such as obstetrical, pediatric, psychiatric, operating room, medical/surgical and community health nursing, nursing management and nursing education. Additionally, the program is designed to provide exposure to varied institutional settings, an opportunity to meet alumni from a different class, a chance to explore a totally different area of nursing practice and an opportunity to share time with a classmate, as well as a chance to "swap stories" about the UD, meet new people and make new friends. Benefits for alumni include an opportunity to "touch the future," find out what's happening at their alma mater, share expertise and convince someone that their area of nursing is "the best," Hamilton said. Alumni who are interested in sponsoring undergraduates or fellow alumni for the day and students and alumni who are interested in visiting a job site should contact the College of Nursing by calling (302)831-2381 or by fax at (302)831-2382.