Evaluation of a Mentorship Pilot Program within an Established Oncology Fellowship for Advanced-Practice Providers
novice nurse practitioners
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Publisher:The Ohio State University
Series/Report no.:The Ohio State University. College of Nursing Doctor of Nursing Practice Final Document Projects
The role of the nurse practitioner (NP) is expanding apace with the increasing complexity of the healthcare system. Nurse practitioners have challenging role expectations and many novice NPs report feeling underprepared. The objective of this project is to conduct an evaluation of a mentorship pilot program implemented into an advanced practice oncology fellowship in order to examine mentorship's influence on role transition and intent to stay within the organization. A mentorship pilot program was implemented into an already existing Advanced Practice Provider oncology fellowship comprised of 15 NPs without prior experience. A mentor was assigned to each fellow (i.e. mentee) for the duration of the year-long program. The Nurse Practitioner Role Transition Scale and Intent to Stay survey were distributed to the mentees at the beginning, middle, and end of the mentorship pilot program. Additionally, the Mentorship Effectiveness Scale (MES) and a free-response survey were distributed to the mentees at the end of the program. Quantitative data was collected and evaluated using univariate statistics. Qualitative data was analyzed thematically. Results indicate that the mentees' voiced a need for additional support in their first year of practice. Mentors were highly rated according to the MES. Most mentees found the mentoring program to be valuable. A majority of the mentees (91%) expressed interest in remaining within the organization after their fellowship. The mentorship program was found to be clinically feasible and is a sustainable strategy with the potential to improve role transition and intent to remain within the organization for novice NPs.
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