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Mentoring – A Nurse Staff Retention Tool

October 2012

Mentoring is important to the retention and career development of nurses. In fact, with the current shortage of nurse educators and many nurses due to retire in the next decade, it is more important than ever to explore mentoring as a way to reach out and support nurses throughout their careers.

New nurses, as well as those from international backgrounds and those adjusting to a new specialty area, can especially benefit from the support of an experienced nurse. Even if your hospital does not have a formal mentoring program, there are many opportunities to share knowledge and useful insights. Taking the time to offer support to a less experienced nurse helps promote competent nurses and may contribute to career satisfaction and intent to stay in nursing.

For more information about how mentoring can be beneficial to new and experienced nurses alike, visit

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