Development of a Collaborative Mentoring Program for Nursing Students At-Risk for Academic or NCLEX-RN Failure
Repository Posting Date2012-01-11T11:15:38Z
Author DetailsKathaleen C. Bloom, PhD, CNM; Lillia Loriz PhD, GNP-C
(41st Biennial Convention) Advances in biomedical sciences and medical interventions and the increasing complexity of health care delivery systems require changes in the way nurses are educated and practice. A series of reports over the past decade (AHA, 2002; IOM, 2001; IOM, 2003; JCAHO, 2002) confirm the need for a better educated nursing workforce, and for changes in overall health care delivery. This is underscored by the second recommendation in the recent Institute of Medicine (IOM) report (The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health): Nurses should achieve higher levels of education and training through an improved education system that promotes seamless academic progression (IOM, 2010). At a time when nursing programs are increasingly more difficult to gain entrance, innovative approaches are needed to help students succeed in rigorous education programs. Attrition, either of those who stop-out (those admitted to the nursing program in one cohort who graduate with another cohort) or those who drop-out (those admitted to the nursing program who do not graduate with a nursing degree) is a serious concern, as is the issue of NCLEX-RN failures by students who have successfully completed their nursing education. This presentation will describe the development and implementation of a mentoring model based on the School of Nursing's Collaborative Partnerships Conceptual Framework. This collaborative mentoring model is designed to (1) identify students at-risk for academic or NCLEX-RN failure; (2) assist students to identify and explore specific university and community resources based on the assessment data and student preferences; and (3) provide students a choice of mentor relationship styles: faculty mentor, peer mentor, or non-university nurse mentor. The mentoring program is voluntary, and may be utilized by all students in the undergraduate nursing program, whether or not they have been identified as at-risk.