Date of Graduation

Winter 12-15-2017

Document Type

Project/Capstone

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

College/School

School of Nursing and Health Professions

First Advisor

Michael Bueno

Second Advisor

Danijela Pavlik

Abstract

The nursing profession is currently experiencing a shortage. Despite the need for nurses, there is a high percentage of new nurses who leave their first place of employment before reaching the first year of hire. Mentorship is a tool that has been highly written about, but not widely utilized. Mentorship was found to be helpful in four key areas: retention rates, job satisfaction, lateral violence, and job competency. This project’s purpose was to inform on the development of a formalized nurse mentorship program. Data collected from two open-ended questionnaires and a survey found that a large community medical center could benefit from a standardized mentorship program. Based on this assessment data, recommendations for implementation and evaluation were created for this facility’s needs.

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