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Nurs Adm Q. 2009 Jul-Sep;33(3):245-50. doi: 10.1097/NAQ.0b013e3181accb45.

A successful online mentoring program for nurses.

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Morristown Memorial Hospital Atlantic Health, Morristown, New Jersey, USA.

Abstract

AIM:

This article describes the successful implementation of An Online Mentoring Program for Nurses at a Magnet-designated acute care medical center, Morristown Memorial Hospital (MMH/Atlantic Health).

BACKGROUND:

A comprehensive approach to incorporating mentor-protégée teams into professional nurse role development has been demonstrated to (1) improve nurse employee satisfaction, retention, and recruitment outcomes; (2) change the ways nurses and others perceive nurses; (3) augment support by managers and coworkers; and (4) improve patient care outcomes.

EVALUATION:

Nurses are partnered in mentor-protégée relationships and continually engage one another by evaluating the protégée's unique contributions and identifying specific strategic actions to move the protégée toward accomplishing their professional objectives.

KEY ISSUES:

Building an online mentor-protégée collaboration: (1) maximizing potential, (2) identifying the protégée's unique contributions, and (3) strategic planning.

CONCLUSIONS:

The online mentoring process is a success and has delivered measurable results that have benefited the nurse participants and contributed to our institution's culture of nursing engagement.

IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING MANAGEMENT:

The online mentoring process has potential to benefit nurses and their organizations by (1) providing real-time communication, (2) facilitating strategic thinking, (3) monitoring progress, (4) "going green," and (5) improving organizational knowledge.

PMID:
19546744
DOI:
10.1097/NAQ.0b013e3181accb45
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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