Date of Graduation

Winter 12-15-2017

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)


School of Nursing and Health Professions

First Advisor

Michael Bueno

Second Advisor

Danijela Pavlik


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.