The Importance Of Mentoring In Nursing Leadership

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The world of healthcare is plagued with many obstacles that challenge the delivery of quality care, one such challenge is that of mentoring in nursing leadership. Mentorship has been identified in the development of staff nurses, to become future leaders and enhance leadership skill within the workplace. Mentoring in nursing is not a new concept however, the question is why it is not being utilized consistently and effectively as a means to increase valuable leadership in the healthcare system, therefore increasing patient outcomes and staff satisfaction. Some of the reason noted throughout the assessed research states the lack of leadership programs available, the cohorts in leadership retiring, lack of leadership development while in nursing school and lack of seasoned nurses available for mentorship.
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One study assessed that five categories played a role in the relationship between nursing leadership and patient outcomes those are; patient satisfaction, patient mortality and safety, adverse events, complications and patient healthcare utilization (Wong, Cummings, & Ducharme, 2013, p. 716). Studies have shown that the reasons behind this connection are due to inappropriate staffing and lack of other resources needed which help give effective care. The biggest reasons for the direct relationship is due to how staff nurses feel about; job satisfaction, motivation to perform and position retention. When nurses are not motivate to perform at their best potential patient outcomes decline. These nurses are motivated through effective leadership, thus leadership having a direct effect on patient outcomes. According to Wong (2013), meaningful dialogue between leaders and clinical nurses is necessary to discuss patient care issues that could impede patient

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