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Exploring registered nurses’ perspectives as mentors for newly qualified nurses: a qualitative interview study
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5639-8829
Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences, Nord University, Bodö, Norway .
Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences, Nord University, Bodö, Norway .
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Epidemiology and Global Health.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0457-2175
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2024 (English)In: BMJ Open, E-ISSN 2044-6055, Vol. 14, no 5, article id e082940Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective: Existing research has focused mostly on mentees’ experiences of mentoring rather than mentors’ experiences. Therefore, this study describes registered nurses’ experiences of being a mentor for newly qualified nurses.

Design: A qualitative interview study based on semistructured individual interviews. Interviews were analysed using qualitative content analysis.

Participants and setting: A purposive sample of experienced registered nurses (n=21) from healthcare units in northern Sweden and northern Norway. Inclusion criteria were to have been a mentor to at least one newly qualified nurse, hold permanent employment of 75%–100% as a registered nurse and to be able to communicate in Swedish or Norwegian.

Results: Our study’s findings suggest that being a mentor plays a crucial role in establishing safety in complex work environments. The main theme consists of three themes: feeling motivated in being a mentor; continuously developing the learning environment; and navigating obstacles and cultivating support.

Conclusion: Being a mentor is a complicated role for registered nurses. The mentoring role is beneficial—ie, positive and rewarding—if facilitated sufficiently in the context of a structured organisation. This study brings a more profound understanding of and provides new insights into registered nurses’ perspectives and needs regarding being a mentor and the study’s findings make an important contribution to the field of nursing regarding the facilitation of mentoring.

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BMJ Publishing Group Ltd, 2024. Vol. 14, no 5, article id e082940
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-225090DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2023-082940PubMedID: 38803253Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85194526587OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-225090DiVA, id: diva2:1861161
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Kallerhult Hermansson, StinaNorström, FredrikBölenius, Karin

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