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Professional Nurse Educators Group (PNEG)


california; plcmmc; covid-19


" REBOOT! Resurrecting a Nursing Mentorship Program post COVID Rationale: Mentorship programs have been recognized as beneficial in enhancing nurse retention and professional development as evidenced by PTAP and Magnet recommendations. EBP Question: In two PTAP Certified and Magnet aligned hospitals, can the reimagining of a 1-year Nurse Mentorship Program benefit the participants, compared to non-participants, as evidenced by program engagement, participant satisfaction with their professional role, and retention rates. Literature Search, Appraisal & Synthesis: EBSCO search including terms mentorship, nursing, and program implementation was conducted. Two Level 1 Systematic Reviews, as well as several Level 6 studies, both qualitative and mixed, informed our program design and implementation plan. All reinforced our confidence in the benefits of formal mentoring programs. Lack of protected time, poor program oversight, inadequate Mentor training, absence of incentives, and mismatched Mentor/ Mentee pairings were identified as hazards to avoid. Intervention: Using the Johns Hopkins Evidence-Based Practice Model, educators partnered with Nursing Professional Advancement Council to strategize. Leadership engagement, Mentor recruitment and training, and developing resources were key goals. We also explored ideas to avoid pair mismatches. We developed and added a Professional Development Project to keep the Mentor/ Mentee relationship goal oriented, align with PTAP and promote a Magnet culture. Data collection and participant feedback channels were established. Results: Leadership has dedicated paid program time, with an additional incentive offering points towards our Professional Portfolio Program. We have leveraged online platforms for Mentor/ Mentee access to robust program resources, supplemental training, and pairing preference identification, data collection and program tracking. We have recruited and trained 22 Mentors to serve 46 Mentees for our first cohort starting in June 2023. Implications for Practice: The successful implementation of this mentorship program may have broader implications for nursing practice. Healthcare organizations can consider implementing similar programs informed by our lessons learned.

LEARNING OUTCOMES As a result of participating in this session, participants will recognize the benefits of mentorship and the importance of establishing a solid program structure. As a result of participating in this session, participants will also be equipped to propose a similar program at their facilities. "




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"Acknowledgements Geri Harmon, MSN, RN, CDCES, NPD-BC Director of Education Professional Practice & Magnet

Scott Ciesielski MSN, RN Chief Nursing Officer, PLCMMC Torrance

Trisha Saul, PhD, RN, PMGT-BC, EBP(CH) Director of Research & Nurse Scientist- South Division Torrance Professional Advancement Council

South Bay Mentorship Steering Committee

Providence Nursing Institute / Clinical Academy "

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