Mentoring in Nursing

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Benefits of Mentoring in Nursing
Kerri Wiggins
Wilmington University

Benefits of Mentoring in Nursing Nursing is an evolving profession with an aging work force. Newer nurses are entering a challenging and, at times, thankless profession. The need to train new staff in order to promote desired entry into the profession and increase retention in the field and workplace is dire. The adage that nurses eat their young is a common well-known phrase. It is unlikely in today’s world, where career choices are vast, that pressure and verbal abuse will yield a professional nurse who will be engaged and committed. This type of training does not benefit the new nurse or the experienced nurse attempting a new role. Nor, does it behoove the
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144). The mentor is usually referred to as an experienced and competent staff nurse who can serve as a role model and resource for the new staff member or perhaps an experienced nurse who has entered a new realm of the field. According to Greene and Puetzer, “the complexity of the nursing career requires a substantial and consistent support system to ensure success, satisfaction, and retention” (2002, p. 69). It is no wonder, then, that the role of the mentor should be as complex and fluid as the career for which it is mentoring.
Nurses are taught from the start of the importance of education. Nurses educate their patients on health related behaviors, conditions that affect them, medications or procedures that are necessary for them, and they educate their families and caregivers in these same matters. Nurses pass on information to oncoming staff for continuity of care, but passing on information is not enough for that of a mentor. As related by Bastable, et al., “although all health professionals are able to function as givers of information, they need to acquire the skills of being a facilitator of the learning process” (2011, p. 13). Preceptors are the synonymous to that which most
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