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Perceptions of mentoring effectiveness in nursing education: A correlational study
by Coombs-Ephraim, Nelda, Ph.D., Capella University, 2016, 144; 10124700
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of the correlational research study was to examine if there was a relationship between the nurse educator mentor’s perception of their mentoring effectiveness and a mentee's perception of a mentor’s mentoring effectiveness. An extensive review of the literature revealed that it was unknown if the perception of effectiveness of mentoring in nursing education was congruent between the nurse educator mentor and the new nurse educator mentee. By understanding relationships in the perception of the effectiveness of mentoring between both mentors and mentees and focusing the research on a potential gap in perceptions of mentoring effectiveness, nursing academia can have useful scientific knowledge to improve the mentoring process for new nurse educators. Bandura’s social cognitive theory formed the theoretical framework supporting the research in identifying relationships in this study. A convenience sample of 119 nurse educator mentors and mentees that were currently employed full-time nursing faculty in the United States and its territories completed the Principles of Adult Mentoring Inventory via SurveyMonkey®. Cronbach’s alpha results indicated reliability of the Principles of Adult Mentoring Inventory instrument. Correlational statistics yielded statistically significant relationships in the mentoring behaviors relationship emphasis and confrontive focus. Although only two statistically significant relationships were determined, it was a noteworthy point that the mentor role competency profile indicated that mentors consistently rated themselves higher than did the mentees. Further exploration was recommended, as there was little research in the perceptions of mentoring effectiveness among nurse educator mentors and mentees. The findings could prove beneficial to nursing education by providing additional research on mentor-mentee perceptions of their mentoring experiences.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Pilcher, Jobeth
Commitee: Smith Stephens, Valerie, Taliaferro, Donna
School: Capella University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-B 77/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Education, Nursing
Keywords: Mentoring in nursing, Mentoring in nursing education, Nurse educator mentees, Nurse educator mentors, Nursing, Nursing education
Publication Number: 10124700
ISBN: 978-1-339-82799-5
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