Mentor Development Program for Critical Care Nurses: A Key to Staff Development and Improvement in New Graduate Orientation

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Abastract: The mean age of the nursing workforce has increased over the last 25 years and as a result a nursing shortage is developing because these nurses are now retirement age. Precepting in a clinical setting has become a necessary method for orientation of graduate nurses with preceptors not receiving necessary training or compensation. After completion of a successful orientation it is important to give new graduate nurses continued support and encouragement while providing a safe learning environment. Research in small cohort studies has begun to demonstrate the importance of precepting programs and the development of mentor relationships as assisting in new graduate nurse retention and staff satisfaction. As a new graduate is mentored into a facility they have a greater appreciation of the organization mission and value system and also learn to promote nursing as a profession. This performance improvement project is intended to promote a mentor development program for critical care nurses. After attending a mentorship class, the nurse will be able to utilize skills and theories based on adult learning principles to develop mentor relationships with new graduate nurses and thus increase staff satisfaction and retention. 

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