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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/335613
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Mentoring and the Early Career Nurse: A Critical Relationship
Author(s):
Moroney, Tracey L.; Saad, Levina
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Xi Omicron
Author Details:
Tracey L. Moroney, PhD, BN (Hons), tracey.moroney@nd.edu.au; Levina Saad, BN
Abstract:
Session presented on Saturday, July 26, 2014: Purpose: There has been significant attention to the role of mentoring in nursing with discussion focusing on defining the concept, the nature of the mentoring role and the characteristics of the mentor. There is however some tension in the literature around the role and functions of a mentor (Andrews and Wallis 1999) with conflicting opinions. This is compounded by the use of interchangeable terms, including preceptor and supervisor and a variety of definitions, which has created misinterpretation and confusion on the nature of mentoring. Despite the variety of definitions to describe mentoring, mentoring in essence is the relationship between two individuals designed to achieve personal and professional growth. In the early career stage for new graduate nurses, this supportive relationship can be critical to assisting new graduates to consolidate knowledge and practice required of a registered nurse. It is evident however that many early career nurses struggle with the beginning years of practice and it is this difficult adjustment that may be linked to increasing numbers of early career nurses who leave the profession. Methods: This research study, using a Grounded Theory methodology, explored the concept of mentoring in early career nurses. In particular the research explored the way in which early career nurses identified potential mentors and used these mentors to support their practice. This project has global significance, as the support of early career nurses is important to the development of a knowledgeable and effective nursing workforce (Ferguson 2011). Results: Mentoring was seen by early career nurses as important to surviving the new graduate transition however formal mentoring was found to be less successful than the informal mentoring structures that early career nurses adopted. Conclusion: This poster presentation will explore the role of mentoring and in particular the way in which early career nurses identified and used mentors. Finally this poster presentation will recommend strategies for improving mentoring programs for early career nurses.
Keywords:
early career nurses; mentors; grounded theory methodology
Repository Posting Date:
17-Nov-2014
Date of Publication:
17-Nov-2014
Conference Date:
2014
Conference Name:
25th International Nursing Research Congress
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Hong Kong
Description:
International Nursing Research Congress, 2014 Theme: Engaging Colleagues: Improving Global Health Outcomes. Held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item related to this abstract, you may find it by browsing the repository by author. If author contact information is availabe in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission.

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dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleMentoring and the Early Career Nurse: A Critical Relationshipen_GB
dc.contributor.authorMoroney, Tracey L.en_GB
dc.contributor.authorSaad, Levinaen_GB
dc.contributor.departmentXi Omicronen_GB
dc.author.detailsTracey L. Moroney, PhD, BN (Hons), tracey.moroney@nd.edu.au; Levina Saad, BNen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/335613-
dc.description.abstractSession presented on Saturday, July 26, 2014: Purpose: There has been significant attention to the role of mentoring in nursing with discussion focusing on defining the concept, the nature of the mentoring role and the characteristics of the mentor. There is however some tension in the literature around the role and functions of a mentor (Andrews and Wallis 1999) with conflicting opinions. This is compounded by the use of interchangeable terms, including preceptor and supervisor and a variety of definitions, which has created misinterpretation and confusion on the nature of mentoring. Despite the variety of definitions to describe mentoring, mentoring in essence is the relationship between two individuals designed to achieve personal and professional growth. In the early career stage for new graduate nurses, this supportive relationship can be critical to assisting new graduates to consolidate knowledge and practice required of a registered nurse. It is evident however that many early career nurses struggle with the beginning years of practice and it is this difficult adjustment that may be linked to increasing numbers of early career nurses who leave the profession. Methods: This research study, using a Grounded Theory methodology, explored the concept of mentoring in early career nurses. In particular the research explored the way in which early career nurses identified potential mentors and used these mentors to support their practice. This project has global significance, as the support of early career nurses is important to the development of a knowledgeable and effective nursing workforce (Ferguson 2011). Results: Mentoring was seen by early career nurses as important to surviving the new graduate transition however formal mentoring was found to be less successful than the informal mentoring structures that early career nurses adopted. Conclusion: This poster presentation will explore the role of mentoring and in particular the way in which early career nurses identified and used mentors. Finally this poster presentation will recommend strategies for improving mentoring programs for early career nurses.en_GB
dc.subjectearly career nursesen_GB
dc.subjectmentorsen_GB
dc.subjectgrounded theory methodologyen_GB
dc.date.available2014-11-17T13:55:52Z-
dc.date.issued2014-11-17-
dc.date.accessioned2014-11-17T13:55:52Z-
dc.conference.date2014en_GB
dc.conference.name25th International Nursing Research Congressen_GB
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen_GB
dc.conference.locationHong Kongen_GB
dc.descriptionInternational Nursing Research Congress, 2014 Theme: Engaging Colleagues: Improving Global Health Outcomes. Held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Wanchai, Hong Kongen_GB
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item related to this abstract, you may find it by browsing the repository by author. If author contact information is availabe in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission.en_GB
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