Document Type

DNP Project


School of Nursing

Date of Degree

Spring 2021


Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Primary Advisor

David M. Keepnews, PhD, JD, MPH, RN, FAAN, ANEF; Bernadette Khan, DNP, RN, NEA-BC


mentor, mentorship, nurses, nursing, program, satisfaction, and retention


Introduction: Formal mentoring programs are valuable experiences for the mentor and the mentee. They provide nurses with the ability to develop professional networks while refining their competency. Nurses should be properly mentored in focusing skills in addition to addressing their emotional needs. The purpose of this quality improvement project was to promote and evaluate the effectiveness of an existing mentoring program on intent to stay, perceived competency, and job satisfaction.

Methods: Institutional Review Board approval was obtained. A convenience sample of new nurses with less than 2 years’ experience in an academic medical center was recruited to assess their intent to participate in the mentoring program. The Caine Quality of Mentoring Tool (Caine, 1989), the McCloskey & Mueller Satisfaction Scale (1990), and a demographic questionnaire was administered to potential participants pre- and post- the tailored intervention. A pre-notice letter highlighting the advantages of participating in the mentoring program was distributed. The Doctor of Nursing Practice student used Zoom and in-person meetings with potential mentees, local leadership, and mentors to socialize them to the program.

Results: Deidentified data was collected in Qualtrics and transferred to SPSS for analysis. Percentage was reported for interval data and standard deviation or mean was reported for interval data. Of the 44 nurses surveyed, 22% completed the survey. Sixty percent of the participants were not previously aware of the organization-based nurse mentor program.

Discussion: This improvement project can benefit organizations by identifying strategies and potential barriers to improving participation in peer mentor programs.

Open Access


Included in

Nursing Commons



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