Easing the Transition: An Innovative Generational Approach to Peer Mentoring for New Graduate Nurses

Published:September 16, 2016DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pedn.2016.08.003
      In 2012, new graduate nurses on a high-acuity, complex and diverse medical–surgical unit expressed a desire for further support to ease transitioning to independent roles after the new graduate nurse Versant RN Residency program. This intensive 22-week program provides classroom didactics, skills labs, subject matter expert speakers, mentors, debriefing sessions and unit-based preceptors for on-the-job clinical learning and demonstration of skill competency. After the program ends, there is no hospital-wide defined support program for new graduate nurses. Some units have a liaison, some have a buddy system, and some have no structure but rely on the value the institution places on support and teamwork. The result often is reality shock with many new graduate nurses expressing the sense of an abrupt drop off in oversight and support. Staff nurses completed a needs survey to determine whether there was support for instituting a mentoring program. Thirty staff nurses completed the survey and 96.7% of them agreed that new graduate nurses would benefit from participating in a mentorship program.

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