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J Nurs Educ. 1995 Dec;34(9):419-26.

Faculty mentoring and administrative support in schools of nursing.

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  • 1Department of Nursing, Clarion University of Pennsylvania, Oil City 16301, USA.


This study investigated the relationship between senior nursing faculty mentoring activities and support for faculty mentoring provided by nursing program administrators. Eighty nurse administrators and 389 senior nursing faculty from NLN-accredited MSN programs completed questionnaires. Twenty-five percent of the faculty sample reported that they did not mentor junior faculty in their present work setting, while 75% reported being engaged in mentoring activities which focused on career and personal development. Mentoring activities reported by senior nursing faculty were not significantly related to the three levels of administrative support: (1) formal support, (2) conceptual support, and (3) no support. The majority of institutions expressed support for the concept of mentoring and nurse administrators used informal mechanisms to support faculty mentoring. Significant differences were found between the three different levels of support and two supportive activities used by nurse administrators to facilitate mentoring relationships: (1) to arrange gatherings, and (2) to provide funding for joint projects.

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