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  1. Krofft, Karen DNP, RN-BC, OCN
  2. Stuart, Wilma PhD, RN, NEA-BC


This article describes the implementation of an evidence-based mentoring program for new registered nurses (RNs) hired into medical-surgical units in a small community-based hospital during the unfolding of the SARS-Cov2 (COVID-19) pandemic. The hospital's nursing leadership supported the program implementation during the COVID-19 pandemic to provide a broader support system to new RNs to improve nurse retention. During a response to the pandemic, the medical-surgical units faced numerous process changes in a short time, which further reinforced the urgency of an additional support system for the newly hired RNs.