Evaluation of a peer mentoring program for early career gerontological nursing faculty and its potential for application to other fields in nursing and health sciences

Abraham A. Brody, Linda Edelman, Elena O. Siegel, Victoria Foster, Donald E. Bailey, Ashley Leak Bryant, Stewart M. Bond

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Abstract

Background As the retirement rate of senior nursing faculty increases, the need to implement new models for providing mentorship to early career academics will become key to developing and maintaining an experienced faculty. Purpose This evaluation of a peer mentorship program for predoctoral and postdoctoral gerontological nurses examined its efficacy, utility, and potential for improvement. Methods A web-based survey was developed, implemented, and completed by 22 mentees and 17 mentors (71% and 61% response rates, respectively) as part of the evaluation. Discussion The peer mentorship program was found to be valuable by both mentors (64.7%) and mentees (72.7%) in helping mentees further develop their careers and networks and providing mentors with supported mentorship experience. Conclusion The peer mentorship program could serve as a model for other professional organizations, academic institutions, and consortiums to enhance and extend the formal vertical mentorship provided to early academic career individuals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)332-338
Number of pages7
JournalNursing outlook
Volume64
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016

Keywords

  • Faculty
  • Gerontological nursing
  • Leadership
  • Mentoring
  • Peer mentorship
  • Professional development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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