Author: MADISON, JEANNE
Type of paper: Abstract refereed
PURPOSE: This descriptive study explored the general characteristics of mentoring relationships and the effects of these relationships on their professional lives as perceived by nurse administrators. The adult developmental theoretical framework was utilised in researching the problem statement, developing the survey instrument and analysing the data. METHODS USED: The sample selection consisted of the 637 members of the California Society for Nursing Service Administrators. The membership consisted of top level nurse managers. The sample population received a information as well as the perceived effects of the mentoring relationship on the nurse administrators professional lives. Data analysis was primarily expressed in percentages and displayed in the bar graphs. SIGNIFICANT FINDINGS: The overwhelmingly positive responses of the nurse administrators supported the literature review that describes a variety of significant positive developments as a result of mentoring relationships. A surprising fifty-eight (58%) percent of the surveys were returned indicating a high level of interest in mentoring. Ninety-seven percent (97%) indicated changes had occurred in their lives with a change in self- confidence indicated most frequently (74%). Over eighty percent (80%) indicated the relationship was valuable. RECOMMENDATIONS: The study identified and the recommendations included, several areas that warrant future research. Open-ended questions need to be avoided when the exploratory survey method is utilised. The age of the mentor and mentee as well as the length of mentoring relationships need further research. Are the number of mentoring relationships on the rise or are they declining? A better understanding and definition of mentoring seems necessary as well as alternative approaches to the study question.