Leadership & Professional Development

The Value of Mentoring in Nursing: An Honor and a Gift

Marcia Gruber-Page

continuing education, professional issues, workplace issues, graduate nursing education
ONF 2016, 43(4), 420-422. DOI: 10.1188/16.ONF.420-422

Mentoring is often thought of as a more experienced person sharing information, advice, knowledge, or training with a novice. A mentor might be engaged to assist a person to achieve a goal, complete a project, or facilitate a transition to a different role or an expanded level of responsibility. Mentoring can be formal or informal, short or long term, episodic or ongoing, planned or spontaneous. A mentor can be a volunteer or someone specifically hired or assigned and matched according to the competency required. A mentor may also be identified by the person seeking to be mentored.

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