Precepting and mentoring needs of nursing faculty and clinical instructors: Fostering career development and community

Sheila K. Smith, Jill R. Hecker-Fernandes, Ce Celia Zorn, Linda Duffy

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Abstract

A descriptive survey was conducted to describe (a) perceptions of precepting and mentoring at early-, mid-, and late-career phases and (b) the organization's support of department members' precepting and mentoring needs. Participants were nursing faculty and clinical instructors at a midwestern public university. The Measure of Precepting and Mentoring was developed for this study. Findings indicate that clinical instructors experience greater precepting and mentoring satisfaction than faculty and distance-site department members experience a higher level of satisfaction than main-campus department members. Faculty expressed the most dissatisfaction for late-career mentoring and organizational culture and outcomes. From the qualitative data, three themes emerged: (a) a need for precepting and mentoring that changes with time, (b) a lack of an organizational precepting and mentoring philosophy and supporting mechanisms, and (c) the feeling of together but separate. A model of precepting and mentoring emerged from our study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)497-503
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Nursing Education
Volume51
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2012
Externally publishedYes

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