Mentor evaluation of a year-long mentorship program: A quality improvement initiative

Cooke, Marie, van Eps, Mary, Creedy, Debra K. and Walker, Rachel (2006) Mentor evaluation of a year-long mentorship program: A quality improvement initiative. Collegian, 13 2: 26-30. doi:10.1016/S1322-7696(08)60521-1


Author Cooke, Marie
van Eps, Mary
Creedy, Debra K.
Walker, Rachel
Title Mentor evaluation of a year-long mentorship program: A quality improvement initiative
Journal name Collegian   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1322-7696
1876-7575
Publication date 2006-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/S1322-7696(08)60521-1
Volume 13
Issue 2
Start page 26
End page 30
Total pages 5
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Abstract This paper presents 23 mentors' perceptions of their role in a year-long mentorship program during the period 1999 – 2002. The majority of mentors were clinical specialists, had bachelor degrees and over five years clinical experience. The mentorship program was informed by the Deming Cycle of Plan, Do, Check and Act. This quality improvement framework was used to evaluate the mentorship program from the mentors' perspective. Information was gathered through surveys and focus group discussions. Responses were analysed to identify three themes of ‘Enhancing student learning outcomes’, ‘Time and resources’ and ‘Personal and professional growth’. Mentors perceived their role as valuable in students' education and development. Despite concerns regarding adequate time and resources for an effective mentoring program, mentors acknowledged benefits to themselves in terms of personal and professional growth. Their vision and commitment to nursing was also evident in the perceived benefits of the program for the profession.
Keyword Clinical nurse education
Mentorship program
Mentors
Student nurse
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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