Contributing to a culture of learning: a mentor development and support project for Australian rural nurses

Mills, Jane, Lennon, Donna, and Francis, Karen (2007) Contributing to a culture of learning: a mentor development and support project for Australian rural nurses. International Journal of Nursing Practice, 13 (6). pp. 393-396.

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Abstract

Mentoring in rural and remote nursing receives little attention in the literature, even though it is emerging in Australia as a popular strategy to improve the retention of staff. The Association for Australian Rural Nurses established a 2-year Mentor Development and Support Project in 2003 with the aim of promoting mentoring among rural and remote nurses. During the life of the project, 101 such nurses attended Mentor Development Workshops. This project demonstrated that training is an important prerequisite for rural and remote nurses who are planning to enter a mentoring relationship. Participant evaluation showed an increase in mentoring knowledge and skills and a subsequent rise in confidence about undertaking the role. Participants also believed that their increased capacity to mentor was reflected in their workplaces, contributing to a positive culture of learning.

Item ID: 34504
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1440-172X
Keywords: learning environments; mentor; mentoring; remote; rural nurse; rural
Date Deposited: 28 Aug 2014 04:58
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920210 Nursing @ 100%
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