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Engaging in Mentorship to Enhance Entry Level RN Retention: Does It Work?

Nursing Research on the Green

2012 Abstract

Deborah M. Wendorf BSN, RN, MSN Student
Viterbo University

  • Background: Major challenges in the nursing workplace environment are high turnover rates and job satisfaction for entry-level nurses.
  • Significance: The impact of mentorship programs relating to entry level nurse retention rates and satisfaction was examined to identify and report the effectiveness of mentorship programs through a synthesis of findings found throughout the literature in this extensive review of literature.
  • Purpose/objective: With the current and future projected nursing shortages threatening adequate staffing for patient care, it becomes essential that nursing identifies best practice strategies in assisting entry-level nurses’ opportunities to ease the school-to-work transition.
  • Methods: A purposive selection of studies was chosen. Key terms used while conducting the review of literature included mentorship, preceptorship, interpersonal relationships, graduate nurses, and nurse retention.
  • Results: This review of literature has presented the evidence and synthesized the findings recommending a quality mentorship program to be an effective strategy to provide for nurse retention and workplace satisfaction among entry level nurses.
  • Clinical Implications: Preparing entry level nurses for the professional role of nursing requires additional research to be conducted on mentorship programs.

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