Document Type

DNP Project


School of Nursing

Date of Degree

Spring 2023


Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Primary Advisor

Cara Padovano DNP; Wendy Silverstein DNP


Nursing, mentorship, curriculum


Background: Succession planning and mentorship is an essential need in developing future nursing leaders. The IOM and published literature strongly support the importance of mentorship programs in nursing (IOM, 2021). The current succession plan and mentorship program is not sufficient.

Purpose: The purpose of this project was to create and implement an evidence-based, 3-tiered unit-based leadership mentorship program (LMP) for bedside registered nurses to support growth and professional development between tiers over a 4-month period.

Aims/Objectives: Using the completion of a pre and post survey the mentee was assigned a tier from novice to experienced leaders. Through the program, the mentor and mentee met every 2 months. Each tier had its own qualifications and provided standard and individualized goals, education, and recommendations to promote leadership development.

Methods: The program used a time series, quasi-experimental design. The project was conducted in an acute care facility on a medical/surgical unit. Primary outcome measures include progression from a lower-level tier to a higher-level tier. Individual accomplishment of goals set during the program or advancement into a leadership role.

Results: Pre to post survey data showed statistical significance in several outcomes. Mentee unit involvement increased significantly from 54% (n=6) to 91% (n=10) post mentorship (p

Conclusion: The positive outcome of this program illustrates its overall effectiveness in the development of future nurse leaders. Utilization of this program creates a more robust professional nurse and cultivates future nurse leaders.

Open Access


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