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Blog spotlight: Manager2Manager mentorship

Nurse Leader Insider, November 3, 2008

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This week, Bonnie Clair, BSN, RN, retention project manager at CoxHealth in Springfield, MO, peers into the need for mentoring programs for nurse managers:

In the current thrust for ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® designation, there is a lot of conversation about peer mentorship programs. I completely support peer mentorship and especially new graduate mentorship.

However, in the midst of reading mentorship material, I did not come across many ideas for manager mentorship. I was hired into my current organization as a departmental manager. Although I had management experience, I didn't have it at THIS organization. Thankfully, I was already acquainted with one of their managers who became my "MRP." This was my secret tagline for management resource person! In fact, we're still friends to this day and I still call her MRP!

In my present position focusing on employee retention, I have firsthand knowledge of both staff and management turnover and how long it takes to fill these positions. I'm developing a program with the working title "Manager2Manager." I'd like to see an initiative where experienced managers could volunteer to be a mentor for newer managers.

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