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Mentoring in Primary Care - Dianne Orr
A high correlation has been identified between professional success and a positive mentoring experience.
Participation in the APNA Transition to Practice Pilot Program as a mentor provided the opportunity to utilise various modes of communication to provide support from a distance. Mentoring a nurse from a different site had no negative impact on the supportive relationship.
Supporting a nurse transitioning into a primary care role in correctional nursing with Correct Care was a very positive experience that saw the nurse gain confidence in the new role throughout the program. The nurse continues in the role and is considered a valuable member of the correctional nursing team.
The mentor program is considered a useful model for other primary care practice settings, including those where the nurse may be part of a small team or a sole practitioner. It could be considered to be a valuable addition to the retention strategies used to keep nurses practising in primary care.
Correct Care will continue to use this model in supporting first year graduate nurses in 2019. It is hoped that providing the support of an experienced mentor will encourage graduates to continue their career in correctional nursing.