204029 Electronic application: Shattering the barriers to professional nursing mentorship

Tuesday, November 10, 2009: 9:00 AM

Julie Kruse, MS, RN , School of Nursing, Lourdes College & The University of Michigan, Sylvania, OH
Kathy L. Perzynski, MS, RN , School of Nursing, Lourdes College, Sylvania, OH
Background: Effective mentoring relationships complement practice based experiences and yields benefits for both the student (mentee) and the mentor. Typically mentoring evolves from the intentional or unintentional development of a serendipitous professional relationship. However, the use of an electronic application can facilitate the pairing of professional nurses with other nurses and/or students.

Methods: A Midwestern liberal arts college initiated a variety of mentorship strategies to pair nurses with students under a HRSA Nurse Education Practice and Retention grant. These strategies included face-to-face social events and “speed networking”. More recently, a professional profile internet application was implemented to respond to the barriers of face-to-face strategies. This internet communication system allows participants (both nurses and students) to select “best match” potential mentors based on professional interests with nurses from around the globe.

Results/Lessons Learned: The complex schedules of both students and professionals appear to be the most significant obstacle in effectively pairing students with mentors. The use of an electronic application for pairing mentors clearly demonstrates the efficient matching of professional nurses with students. An unexpected benefit of the program is the ability of faculty to network with nursing professionals in other countries supporting the globalization of the nursing curriculum.

Conclusion: The implementation of various mentorship strategies as well as establishing a “culture of mentorship” may be a valuable component of professional development. The intensity of personal time and administrative resources requires innovative strategies to create effective professional mentorship designs through internet applications.

Learning Objectives:
•Describe two resources essential to establish a culture of mentorship •Identify at least one comprehensive strategy to address the barriers to achieving a nursing mentorship program •Discuss an innovative methodology to add to your toolkit on how to address multiple levels of mentorship including an online mentorship application

Keywords: Networking, Internet Tools

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I currently have my MS with a focus on Community Health Nursing. I am also attending The University of Michigan for my PhD. in Health Promotion.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.