Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Education Studies

Title

Mentoring experiences of psychiatric nurses: From acquaintance to affirmation

Language

English

Abstract

Mentoring is regarded as involving a voluntary and mutually beneficial relationship in which one person is experienced and knowledgeable (mentor) who supports the maturation of a less-experienced person (mentee). While there have been studies on mentorship in a wide range of areas within nursing, so far studies on psychiatric nursing are scarce. The hallmark of psychiatric nursing is the use of interpersonal process as a means of bringing about positive health changes in the clients. If psychiatric nurses are involved in mentorship, they can, through experiential learning, be nurtured to use interpersonal process as therapeutic tools in their work more effectively. This study examines the mentorship experiences of psychiatric nurses. Personal accounts of 27 psychiatric nurses were analyzed using qualitative methodology. Results of the study shed light on the role of mentorship in facilitating the socialization of psychiatric nurses and revealed the main aspects involved in this process. Four themes experienced by mentees during the mentoring process are the key to its success. These are: becoming acquaintances, developing bond, feeling being included and obtaining affirmation. These themes were found to be progressive in terms of mentees' degree of connection with their mentors and their involvement in the nursing profession. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.

Keywords

Mentoring, Psychiatric nursing, Socialization of psychiatric nurses

Publication Date

2011

Source Publication Title

Nurse Education Todays

Volume

31

Issue

8

Start Page

797

End Page

802

Publisher

Elsevier

DOI

10.1016/j.nedt.2010.11.014

Link to Publisher's Edition

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2010.11.014

ISSN (print)

02606917

ISSN (electronic)

15322793

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