Mentor evaluation of a year-long mentorship program: a quality improvement initiative
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This paper presents twenty-three mentors' perceptions of their role in a year-long peer-mentorship program during the period 1999 - 2002. The majority of mentors were clinical specialists, had bachelor degrees and over 5 years clinical experience. The mentorship program was informed by the Deming Cycle of Plan, Do, Check and Act. This quality improvement framework was used to evaluate the mentorship program from the mentors' perspective. Information was gathered through surveys, and focus group discussions. Responses were analysed to identify three themes of 'Enhancing student learning outcomes', 'Time and resources' and 'Personal and professional growth'. Mentors perceived their role as valuable in students' education and development. Despite concerns regarding adequate time and resources for an effective mentoring program, mentors acknowledged benefits to themselves in terms of personal and professional growth. Their vision and commitment to nursing was also evident in the perceived benefits of the program for the profession.
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