Evaluation of a personal professional mentor scheme for newly qualified nurses.

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Austin, C. and Halpin, Y. (2021). Evaluation of a personal professional mentor scheme for newly qualified nurses. British Journal of Nursing. 30 (11), pp. 672-676. https://doi.org/10.12968/bjon.2021.30.11.672
AuthorsAustin, C. and Halpin, Y.
AbstractNewly qualified nurses are known to experience a range of feelings and fears in the first transitional 12 months post-qualifying, with absence and turnover among potential outcomes. To evaluate the personal professional mentor role and scheme, a new pastoral support initiative, from the perspective of participating newly qualified nurses. Newly qualified paediatric nurses ( =10), who had been assigned a personal professional mentor (an experienced nurse who worked elsewhere in their employing NHS Trust), completed a semi-structured interview. The data were analysed using thematic analysis. The personal professional mentor counteracted some aspects of transition isolation for the newly qualified nurses. They were an independent, accessible, experienced confidant and a welcome new supportive role. Pairing experienced nurses with newly qualified nurses provided a new type of workplace support during transition. Inexpensive to set up and run, it is an easy addition to any portfolio of support strategies.
KeywordsMentor/mentee; Newly qualified nurse; Pastoral support; Personal professional mentor; Staff turnover; Transition
Year2021
JournalBritish Journal of Nursing
Journal citation30 (11), pp. 672-676
PublisherMark Allen Group
ISSN0966-0461
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.12968/bjon.2021.30.11.672
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Online10 Jun 2021
Print10 Jun 2021
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Accepted17 Dec 2020
Deposited24 Jun 2021
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This document is the Accepted Manuscript version of a Published Work that appeared in final form in British Journal of Nursing, copyright © MA Healthcare, after peer review and technical editing by the publisher. To access the final edited and published work see https://www.magonlinelibrary.com/10.12968/bjon.2021.30.11.672

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