Distance Mentoring Relationships: Collaborating to Influence Health Worldwide

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/201788
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Distance Mentoring Relationships: Collaborating to Influence Health Worldwide
Abstract:
(41st Biennial Convention) Problem: There is a need for mentorship to develop nurse scholars and leaders who can postively influence health care worldwide. Often nurses cannot relocate to the mentor’s location due to personal and professional commitments. Distance mentoring relationships provide one method for addressing this problem.  However, characteristics of successful distance mentoring relationships have not been well-delineated through research. Purpose and Methods: The purpose of this descriptive study was to survey nurse mentees who had been previously involved in distance mentoring relationships about multiple aspects of that experience. Content for an electronic survey was based on a review of literature and personal experiences. Information was sought on factors that influenced the choice of mentor, promoted a positive experience, and led to positive outcomes. Sample: A convenience sample of 67 nurses, mostly female, with a mean age of 51.1 years (Range = 29 – 65; SD 8.9) responded. Purposes of the distance mentoring relationships were to develop research expertise and leadership in a nursing specialty as part of participation in a special initiative sponsored by a professional organization. Findings: Descriptive statistics were used to analyze the quantitative responses. Most rated various aspects of their experience positively. A variety of technological and other methods were used to maintain the relationship. Numerous outcomes were reported including journal publications (>60%), research grants (>46%), and the conduct of research (12%). The mean ranking of the mentoring experience was 7.45 (SD = 1.5, range 1- 9) with 10 indicating the highest ranking possible. Traditional thematic analysis was used to analyze responses to open-ended questions.  “Communication” and “staying connected” emerged as two critical concepts in promoting a positive reciprocal distance mentoring experience. Implications: The findings have implications for other persons seeking to establish distance mentoring relationships and for promoting scholarship and leadership that will influence global health.
Keywords:
Research mentorship; Leadership development; Collaboration
Repository Posting Date:
11-Jan-2012
Date of Publication:
4-Jan-2012
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleDistance Mentoring Relationships: Collaborating to Influence Health Worldwideen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/201788-
dc.description.abstract(41st Biennial Convention) Problem: There is a need for mentorship to develop nurse scholars and leaders who can postively influence health care worldwide. Often nurses cannot relocate to the mentor’s location due to personal and professional commitments. Distance mentoring relationships provide one method for addressing this problem.  However, characteristics of successful distance mentoring relationships have not been well-delineated through research. Purpose and Methods: The purpose of this descriptive study was to survey nurse mentees who had been previously involved in distance mentoring relationships about multiple aspects of that experience. Content for an electronic survey was based on a review of literature and personal experiences. Information was sought on factors that influenced the choice of mentor, promoted a positive experience, and led to positive outcomes. Sample: A convenience sample of 67 nurses, mostly female, with a mean age of 51.1 years (Range = 29 – 65; SD 8.9) responded. Purposes of the distance mentoring relationships were to develop research expertise and leadership in a nursing specialty as part of participation in a special initiative sponsored by a professional organization. Findings: Descriptive statistics were used to analyze the quantitative responses. Most rated various aspects of their experience positively. A variety of technological and other methods were used to maintain the relationship. Numerous outcomes were reported including journal publications (>60%), research grants (>46%), and the conduct of research (12%). The mean ranking of the mentoring experience was 7.45 (SD = 1.5, range 1- 9) with 10 indicating the highest ranking possible. Traditional thematic analysis was used to analyze responses to open-ended questions.  “Communication” and “staying connected” emerged as two critical concepts in promoting a positive reciprocal distance mentoring experience. Implications: The findings have implications for other persons seeking to establish distance mentoring relationships and for promoting scholarship and leadership that will influence global health.en_GB
dc.subjectResearch mentorshipen_GB
dc.subjectLeadership developmenten_GB
dc.subjectCollaborationen_GB
dc.date.available2012-01-11T10:52:54Z-
dc.date.issued2012-01-04en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2012-01-11T10:52:54Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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