School of Nursing
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Mentor, Successful Mentor Characteristics (Traits, Qualities), Retention of New Graduate Nurses, Job Satisfaction of New Graduate Nurses
Thompson, Toni Cheryl, "Characteristics of Successful Nurse Mentors and Potential Effects On The Retention And Job Satisfaction Of New Graduate Nurses: An Integrative Review" (2021). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 2975.
Mentoring is a process that has become embedded into new graduate nurses’ transition to professional practice since the 1980s. The Institute of Medicine’s The Future of Nursing identifies mentoring as a mechanism to increase patient safety and satisfaction. Effective mentoring has been categorized as one of the important components of transforming nurses into leaders, improving retention, and increasing job satisfaction. By recognizing the characteristics of successful mentors, organizations can increase the consistency and success of their mentoring programs. The purpose of this integrative review was to examine successful mentor characteristics and identify the effect of mentors on new graduate nurses’ job satisfaction and retention. The review included the identification and appraisal of relevant literature to substantiate successful mentor characteristics. The analysis of current literature demonstrated clear evidence of mentor characteristics generating four broad themes: professionalism, psychosocial success, interpersonal relationships, and intrapersonal traits. Thematic assignment allowed a clear picture of the relationship between successful characteristics and professional, mature, and emotionally intelligent mentors. Identification of exact mentor characteristics resulted in the best success for job satisfaction and retention of new nurses.