The Continuing Need for Mentors in Nursing

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Peer-reviewed nursing research was surveyed to find progress or change in how nurses guide and nurture other nurses in their practice. Discussions on the characteristics required in an effective mentor, the selection process for a mentor, the role expectations of the partnership, the agreement between the mentor and the mentee, and the preparation for the roles are included. There is a continuing need for further study in this area of nursing to help build a strong, stable, and competent nursing workforce. Nurses involved in staff development may find the short survey a useful tool in planning and implementing a mentoring program.

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