Although registered nurses (RN) comprise the largest group of health care professionals in the United States, projections for the nursing shortage continue to be bleak. The predicted nursing shortage threatens health care globally. Novice nurses are accepting extreme responsibilities at an early stage of his or her career, as the aging RN workforce is rapidly approaching retirement. Retention must be a priority for nursing and leadership. The purpose of the qualitative, phenomenological study was to gain an in-depth understanding of the mentoring experiences of charge nurses practicing within Cole County in Jefferson City, Missouri, and their perceived responsibility when mentoring other nurses. The findings established the importance of mentoring relationships, the importance of mentoring to career and educational advancement or enrichment, and the importance of management and administrative support. The participants in the study reported positive mentoring experiences with mutual concerns for inadequate mentoring of experienced nurses and the workload of the charge nurse. The research study reflected considerable challenges for the nursing profession and a need for qualified health care professionals, nurse leaders, and educators as the anticipated increase of the nursing shortage approaches. Because of the limited amount of research available on the mentoring experiences of charge nurses in connection to nursing retention, the study may likely add to the body of knowledge.
|School:||University of Phoenix|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||DAI-B 73/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Health sciences, Nursing, Health care management|
|Keywords:||Charge nurses, Mentoring responsibilities, Nurses, Nursing-unit leaders|
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