Mentoring the Next Generation of Neuroscience Nurses: A Pilot Study of Mentor Engagement Within an Academic-Service Partnership

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Abstract

Resulting from a system-wide launch of an academic-service partnership that united a research-intensive School of Nursing and a tertiary healthcare system, neuroscience nurses used a team-based approach in mentoring undergraduate nursing students in neuroscience nursing. They linked their team approach to the Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing report and American Association of Neuroscience Nurses’ (2012) strategic plan to prepare neuroscience nurses for the future. Using case reports containing both the mentors’ and students’ perspective, we showcase sophomore nursing students’ development in neuroscience nursing with focus on their developing skills in competency, leadership, and collaboration. Results from this implementation phase include improved reliability in performing undergraduate neurological assessments; developing competency in collaborating with the health team using a culturally sensitive approach; beginning leadership in managing a patient with seizures; and collaborating with families in patient-family-focused care. Evaluation of the effectiveness of this mentored approach to clinical undergraduate nursing education will focus on confidence building for students and mentors.

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