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Mentorship and Novice Nursing Faculty: Working Together for Successful Role Transitioning

  • Author / Creator
    Sculley, Azizah A
  • In baccalaureate nursing programs in which context based learning (CBL) is used as a teaching-learning modality, it has been observed that there is a shortage of experienced faculty both in the classrooms and in the clinical settings. This shortage has led to an increasing number of clinicians, frequently with no formal teaching preparation and with little or no teaching experience being hired into the position of faculty lecturer or sessional faculty. Such hiring practices have led to concerns about the mentoring process of these faculty members and their transition to the academic setting. Role transitioning from that of experienced clinician to novice educator is often filled with trepidation and uncertainty. Effective mentoring is pivotal to successful role transitioning of novice faculty. To date, there is an absence of research regarding this mentoring process. The purpose of this grounded theory study was to examine the process involved in mentoring novice nursing faculty in a large university in Western Canada. Data collection occurred via semi-structured interviews. In keeping with grounded theory, constant comparative analysis and theoretical sampling were used. Working Together emerged as a dynamic and interactive process that occurred during an effective mentor-mentee relationship. Fundamental to this process of Working Together which ultimately fostered successful role transitioning for the mentee were four inter-related ambient conditions that included: a) sharing; b) communicating; c) role modeling, and d) supporting. Findings from this study could serve to augment our understanding of the mentoring process and in turn contribute to the promotion of an academic milieu that is nurturing, encouraging, and supportive for novice faculty.

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  • Graduation date
    2015-06
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Doctor of Philosophy
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3K62Z
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Doctoral
  • Department
    • Faculty of Nursing
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Myrick, Florence (Faculty of Nursing)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Ross, Carolyn (Faculty of Nursing)
    • Paul, Pauline (Faculty of Nursing)
    • Campbell, Katy (Faculty of Extension)
    • Williams, Beverly (Faculty of Nursing)
    • Profetto-McGrath, Joanne (Faculty of Nursing)
    • Landeen, Janet (Faculty of Health Sciences, School of Nursing)