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News spotlight: Nurse mentoring program helps VT hospital with nurse retention

Nurse Leader Insider, March 29, 2010

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Statistics show that one in every five nursing graduates will leave their jobs after the first year due to a wide range of reasons such as lack of support and feeling unwelcomed. To help improve this statistic at its facility, Brattleboro (VT) Memorial began a nurse mentoring program in 2008.

After filling out a survey and having met the requirements of a "mentor" as defined by Brattleboro, staff members are chosen for the program. The mentors receive an intense 10-hour training program that covers anything from active listening to learning styles to difficult behaviors. Upon completion of the program, the nurses then sign a contract outlining the expectations and commitment that is expected from each of them.

Brattleboro has 20 trained nurse mentors and each new nurse graduate hired is paired with a mentor. The two meet during orientation week, and then are expected to meet at least every two weeks for the first three months and then at least once a month for the rest of the first year.

The program began in 2008 with eight new graduates; Brattleboro still employs seven of those new graduates.

"This 1:8 ratio far outweighs the nationwide statistic of 1:5," says Debbie Partrick, the nurse mentoring program coordinator. "I feel this reflection is solely based on the nurse mentoring program, and the dedication all participants have put into its success."

Source: Advance Web



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