Date of Award

2001

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Nursing (M.S.N.)

Department

College of Nursing

Abstract

The shortage of registered nurses in the nation’s healthcare organizations calls for an exploration of avenues that can impact recruitment and retention. The practice of mentoring has demonstrated a positive impact on job satisfaction in previous studies. The purpose of this study was to determine if RNs would identify having mentors in their professional careers and to examine differences in levels of job satisfaction compared to those without a mentor. This study also explored whether or not the perceived quality of the mentor affected job satisfaction. Data were collected through the use of standardized questionnaires from a probability sample of 97 RNs.

Approximately half of the participants identified having a mentor. Although the mentored group demonstrated higher levels of job satisfaction, it was not significantly different from the non-mentored group. There was also no significant difference in job satisfaction based upon the quality of the mentor. The mentored group did attribute increased self-confidence, self-awareness, and self-actualization to their mentored experiences.

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