Mentoring in times of change.

HURLEY, Ciaran and SNOWDEN, Sally (2008). Mentoring in times of change. Nursing In Critical Care, 13 (5), 269-275.

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OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to establish the barriers to nurses performing the mentor role in three critical care wards.

BACKGROUND: Imminent changes affecting mentors to preregistration students in our wards and our awareness of their ill-preparedness prompted us to design interventions to prepare colleagues for the changes. Literature shows a range of perceived barriers to mentoring, we wanted to compare these to our colleagues' perceptions.

DESIGN: Prospective, self-administered service evaluation questionnaire of a saturation sample of nurses in intensive care and high dependency wards.

RESULTS: Of the 118 questionnaire proformas issued, 43 were returned (36%). Key results include: lack of time to perform the mentor role because of patient care workload, lack of opportunity to update knowledge and skills of mentoring and lack of familiarity with the programme of study and the documents used to record assessment of a student's proficiency.

CONCLUSIONS: Mentor update opportunities must be delivered alongside the competing demands of safe and effective patient care and the need to ensure the development of individuals as well as the profession as a whole through fostering its students.

RELEVANCE TO PRACTICE: To ensure future generations of patients enjoy quality critical care, we must invest time and resources in mentoring the nurses who will deliver critical care in the future.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Centre for Health and Social Care Research
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Page Range: 269-275
Depositing User: Rebecca Jones
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2012 11:44
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2021 00:30

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