Development of a Mentoring Program to Increase Leadership Competency for Early Career Nurse Leaders: An Evidence Based Project

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The Ohio State University

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Early career nurse leaders (ECNL) often lack the leadership competencies necessary to support staff and a healthy work environment (HWE). Deficits in competency leads to performance problems, frustration, and intent to leave the role. The purpose of the evidence-based project was on developing a mentoring program to improve leadership competency of ECNLs, to positively impact job satisfaction, reduce burnout, and intent to leave. The mentoring program, based on the American Organization of Nursing Leaders (AONL) essential competencies (2015), created a structured approach for mentored support for ECNLs with less than three years of experience at the selected hospital. Weekly mentored sessions focused on AONL's nurse manager learning domains, case studies, lived experiences, and reflective journaling to relate theory to practice. The mentoring program was evaluated utilizing the AONL Nurse Manager Assessment, Nursing Workplace Satisfaction Questionnaire (NWSQ), Maslach Burnout Inventory-General Survey (MBI-GS), and Houser's Intent to Leave survey. Data collected at baseline (N=7) was compared to post-program (N=5) data showing improvements of 0.4 to 0.8 in leadership competency domains, movement in three out of five participants' level of burnout, 18% increase in job satisfaction, and 60% neutral response with intent to leave the role. The mentoring program data shows positive improvements in competency, burnout, and job satisfaction, indicating a benefit to ECNLs development and satisfaction in their role.



Mentoring, Competency Development, Nurse Leaders