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Nurse Mentors Improving Retention

Posted by Erica Bettencourt

Fri, Nov 12, 2021 @ 11:59 AM

GettyImages-162407279When it comes to recruitment and retention, creating a supportive environment is key. A great way to provide support is through mentorship programs.

Studies report mentorship programs in retaining and easing the transition to practice for new graduate Nurses, re-entry Nurses, and Nurses new to a specialty area are critical in retention.

Nurse mentorship is described as a synergetic relationship between a beginning Nurse (the mentee) and a Nurse with multiple years of experience (the mentor). Nurse mentorship programs are meant to encourage mutual professional growth between both the mentor and the mentee through a dynamic and supportive relationship.

Nurses at every stage of their career benefit from mentorships. Research shows the career-long roles of the Nurse as both a mentor and a mentee are fundamental to the Nursing profession. Learning from peers can result in significant professional and personal growth.

According to NurseJournal, the goal of mentorship programs is to provide:

  • Clinical care support
  • Psychological and emotional support
  • Academic advice
  • Career development
  • Nurse leadership opportunities

Mentorship in Nursing has been found to:

  • Improve job satisfaction
  • Promote professional growth and development
  • Decrease turnover
  • Increase cost-effectiveness

If your organization doesn't offer a Nurse mentorship program, there are other ways to seek guidance and support.

  • Look online. There are many online resources to help you find a good mentor match. You can also search Facebook and LinkedIn for professionals in the same field as you.
  • Connect with your co-workers. Is there someone you work with who you look up to or has offered advice and support? They may be willing to mentor you. If they agree, set up times to meet and discuss your career goals or any questions you have.
  • Local Nursing chapters. Reach out to local Nursing chapter organizations. They might be willing to recruit volunteer mentors from among their members.

Every Nurse can benefit from having or being a mentor. It's crucial that mentor relationships be comfortable and trusting in order to have open communication and establish measurable career goals.

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Mentorship Shapes The Future of Nursing

Posted by Erica Bettencourt

Wed, Feb 21, 2018 @ 02:02 PM

ROADTRIP.pngMentors are there for experience-based guidance and honest advice. In some areas up to 60% of new Nurses leave their first position and some leave the Nursing profession entirely within two years. A stressful work environment combined with a lack of support from fellow Nurses can make it difficult to transition from Nursing school to the professional ranks of Nursing. Nurses should use mentors as a resource. Not only when they have a problem but in any stage, whether they are aspiring to take on a new role, grow in their current role, or become a stronger leader.

Mentoring a fellow Nurse takes leadership skills and experience, of course, but also much more. According to Dale Beatty, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, Standford Health Care’s Chief Nursing Officer and Vice-President of Patient Care Services, there are basic core values that mentors need to have: honesty, integrity, trust, and confidentiality. A mentee should be able to trust their mentor enough to be vulnerable with them, and the mentor should foster that environment of safety and trust. 

Mentors have much to gain personally and professionally by helping new Nurses adjust to their role.  While Nurse mentors are helping people understand and practice the standards of Nursing, they are also reviewing the processes and procedures and are in a position to facilitate changes or make improvements if needed.  Also, inexperienced Nurses will have been exposed to the newest technologies and trending issues and can give a different perspective to the experienced Nurse who might not be as exposed to these current developments.

Have you ever thought you could be a better leader or manager than the person who was in charge? You should seriously consider being a mentor. When mentoring others, you are actively working on your coaching, communication, and leadership skills.  Working with different individuals from various backgrounds helps you to develop the relatable skills necessary to handle many personality types.  Being a mentor first is a great way to find out if management is something you want your future to evolve into.

Magnet Program Director Anita Girard, DNP, RN, NEA-BC said, "For student Nurses and recent graduate Nurses, a mentor is a resource that could help guide them to their future careers and shape them along the way, but figuring out where to find one is the first step. A great place to start is to visit websites for state Nursing associations and student Nursing associations. Additionally, getting involved in professional organizations can help, since these are usually full of Nurse leaders that could be potential mentors.

Becoming a mentor is a big decision to make.  While the personal and professional benefits far outweigh the challenges, mentoring has to be something you are emotionally and professionally ready to handle. 

Have you ever been a mentor or mentee?  We would love to hear your stories! Please share your experiences in the comment section below.

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