Carol Harvey RN
Evidenced Based Practice
September 11, 2016 Study of Mentoring in Nursing
In new graduate nurses, how does mentoring programs, compared to basic unit orientation influence job satisfaction, retention rates, and patient care over one year? To answer this question we will begin by looking at a couple of different studies. The dependent variable that this particular study focused on was “career satisfaction and intent to stay in nursing” (Mariani, 2012, p. 2). PubMed was used to find research articles for this paper. Keywords used to find articles for this study include mentoring program, graduate nurse, and job satisfaction.
Critical …show more content…
One state was selected from each region and questionnaires were mailed to 60 registered nurses from each state using lists obtained from the state board of nursing. In an effort to receive more of the surveys back, researchers sent out a second mailing to 15 additional nurses two weeks after the first surveys were sent out. Participants were registered nurses with a target age of 55 or below, who were currently employed in practice, education, administration, or research. Nurses 55 and older were not selected due to the possibility that they may be considering retirement and this may alter results of the study. The study was aimed at exploring the intent of younger nurses staying in nursing. The average age of participant in the study was 41.25 years, with the youngest being 22 and the oldest 55 years. The mean number of work experience years was 14.07, and the mean number of clinical setting years 11.28. The majority of the registered nurses that responded to the survey stated that they would chose nursing as a career again, and 152 responded that they would recommend it as a career to others (Mariani, …show more content…
studied senior baccalaureate nursing students in their last semester of school at a North Carolina university and their experience in the clinical learning environment (CLE) and staff nurses. Ten participants volunteered for the study and data was gathered through audiotaped focus group meetings. The participants were aged 21-52, three males and seven females. Koontz et al. found that preceptorship was a common theme that was identified by participants as having a positive experience in the CLE. Students reported that they were able to complete tasks with their preceptors such as calling doctors, performing trach training, and getting familiar with equipment that they normally would not get to do in their traditional clinical setting (Koontz et al.,