N-NURSE facilitates workshops to improve mentoring skills using the culturally embedded Navajo Nursing Pathway of Mentorship developed by N-NURSE's curriculum development team -- nursing leaders from your communities
The purpose: to continue development of a network of trained mentors throughout the Navajo Nation that will provide community members interested in nursing a mentor while pursuing a nursing degree or advancing in their nursing career.
N-NURSE Navajo Nursing Pathway of Mentorship
Authored by Ursula Knoki-Wilson, CNM, MSN, MPH
The curriculum model uses the Navajo Philosophy of the Four Directions and Sacred
Mountains that border Navajoland to organize the content and educational resource
materials. One major theme of the curriculum is to use the Navajo concept of Ke’, a word
for relationships. Using Ke’, Nurses can foster positive working environments where
‘nurses nurture nurses’.
Another cultural modality in the Navajo Nursing Mentorship project is the use of Navajo
stories about the sacred ceremonial basket representing Navajo genesis as an
‘intervention wheel’. The Navajo ceremonial basket is woven in a circular direction from
the center outward signifying the emergence of the Dineh (as Navajos prefer to call
themselves) into a world of physical transformation including the four sacred mountains,
a rainbow pathway using the color red, and clouds to denote heavenly bodies. The
essence of Navajo philosophy of “Hozho” embodies the idea of striving for balance and
harmony together with beauty and order.
The Navajo philosophy also discourages a person to enclose him or herself, and therefore
the basket has an opening. Or doorway to receive all that is good/positive and allows the
bad/negative to exit. Navajo basket stories surrounded by the Sacred Mountains in the
east, south, west and north prescribe steps for healthy and peaceful living through one’s