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J Am Acad Nurse Pract. 2006 Feb;18(2):56-61.

Mentoring--a complex relationship.

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Family Nurse Practictioner Program, The Ohio State University College of Nursing, Columbus, OH 43210-1289, USA. barker.203@osu.edu

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To address the process of mentoring the advanced practice nurse (APN) and provide suggestions for the formulation, implementation, and termination of the relationship.

DATA SOURCES:

Research studies from nursing as well as other disciplines and personal experience as a mentor and protégé.

CONCLUSIONS:

Mentoring is a dynamic and complex relationship that can support growth, increase synergy, and develop ways to succeed as an APN. Before entering into the relationship, care should be taken to assure compatibility between the mentor and the protégé. Major pitfalls include poor communication patterns and inadequate identification of objectives. Keys for repair or termination of the relationship include personal introspection, honest and nonblaming communication, and development of alternative support networks.

IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE:

Successful mentoring relationships improve professional growth, competency, and productivity. They also form the basis for ongoing preparation of a new generation of APNs.

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