Exploring the effects of a nurse mentorship program on career satisfaction and retention
Jennifer Smith, DNP, MSN, RN
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Background: Global statistics have shown there is a major nursing shortage. It is imperative to stabilize the nursing workforce as the healthcare continuum continues to grow. Nurse career satisfaction is related to nurses’ overall intent to stay.
Problem: Newly licensed registered nurses are leaving healthcare settings at disturbing rates. With the increased need and the current shortages, the nursing profession is unequipped to meet the needs of the growing population.
Purpose: The purpose of this project is to increase nurse career satisfaction and intent to stay with the organization through the implementation of a nurse mentorship program for newly licensed registered nurses with less than one year of experience
Methods: A pre and post-survey design utilizing the Casey-Fink Nurse Retention Survey was used to collect data from newly licensed registered nurses within the acute care setting. Paired t-tests were used to test the hypothesis that pre and post average scores are equal or greater. 95% confidence intervals for the average change from pre to post and effect size estimates were used to assess statistical significance.
Outcomes/Findings: Part 1, the paired t-test (p = 0.0591) was not significant at the 5% level on the Likert scale likely due to the small N size of participants, however, it is suggestive of an effect as evidenced by the positive trend in Likert scores. Part 2, the paired t-test is significant (p = 0.0027) at 5% and 95% confidence interval for the change in average is 0.21 to 0.87 on the Likert scale with an estimated average change of 0.54.
Discussion: Mentorship of newly licensed registered nurses proved to be beneficial to an overall increase in job satisfaction and intent to stay within the organization. Mentorship at any level should be evaluated for implementation in any healthcare setting.
|Type||DNP Capstone Project|
|Review Type||None: Degree-based Submission|
|Evidence Level||Quality Improvement|
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