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Mentoring, nurse practitioners, professional development



  1. Barker, Elizabeth PhD, APRN-BC, FAHCE, FNAP, FAANP, FAAN (Professor)


ABSTRACT: Mentoring has been recognized in the discipline since the inception of nursing as a profession. The core elements of mentoring are a formal dyadic relationship, reciprocity, mutual respect, professional growth, personal development, trustworthiness, objectives, and a pathway to meet the objectives, clear expectations, shared values, personal connection, provision of a safe place for asking hard questions, navigation of roadblocks, and using lessons learned. Mentoring is important at all stages of professional development. Given that nursing is a profession dedicated to lifelong learning, mentoring can and should be employed at many stages of a career.