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Nursing issues
Effective mentoring is key to enhancing practice and developing the next generation of nurses
  1. Deborah Raines
  1. College of Graduate Health Sciences, AT Still University, Kirksville, Missouri, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Deborah Raines, College of Graduate Health Sciences, AT Still University, Buffalo NY 14068, USA;{at}

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Commentary on: Hale RL, Phillips CA. Mentoring up: A grounded theory of nurse-to-nurse mentoring. J Clin Nurs 2018. 10.1111/jocn.14636.

Implications for practice and research

  • Provides insight into the outcomes of the mentoring relationship from the perspective of the mentor.

  • Identifies perspective on how to create workplace environments conducive to mentoring relationships.

  • Outlines the mentors’ insight into the needs of persons’ transitions to new roles.


Mentoring is used in a variety of professional settings. New graduates entering a professional field of practice as well as established nurses moving into a new practice setting or a new role may receive mentoring as part of the role transition process. A review of the literature includes descriptions of formal and informal mentoring as well as the description of mentoring in the role transition process. The goal of the study by Hale and Phillips was to develop a theory to address the processes involved in nurse-to-nurse mentoring relationships.1


Using a grounded theory approach, Hale and Phillips explored the experience of protégés in a mentoring …

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