1. Fedel , Patrice


As advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) enter practice, support is crucial for success. Formal mentorship has been shown to improve employee turnover, job satisfaction, and clinical competence. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, an APRN team specializing in palliative care experienced an unprecedented rate of staff turnover. As a result, the team decided to create a formal mentorship program to support newly hired colleagues and assist their transition to practice. A subcommittee of APRNs within the palliative care practice met to establish a mentorship practice framework, expectations for the program, and a methodology for matching mentors and mentees. The mentorship program was implemented with two cohorts comprising a total of five mentors and six mentees. It was evaluated by participants using surveys asking open-ended, qualitative questions. Both mentors and mentees reported finding the program valuable. Mentees felt the program helped their transition to practice, created a forum for peer support, and improved their clinical competence. Mentors said the program furthered their own professional development, advanced their clinical growth, and fostered a connection to colleagues. Employee engagement and alignment improved, and staff turnover decreased. Further work is needed to improve on the program framework and analyze the outcomes of mentorship.