The Relationship between Mentoring and Level of Practice among Hispanic RNs

By Aida L. Egues.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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The number of Hispanic registered nurses (RNs) remains disproportionate in comparison to the Hispanic population. Engaging in mentoring of Hispanic RNs to improve their education, recruitment and retention is critical. This study describes the perceptions of nationwide Hispanic RNs regarding the quality of mentoring experienced, their level of nursing practice, and the relationship between quality of mentoring and level of nursing practice. Quality of mentoring was measured using the Alleman Mentoring Activities Questionnaire, and level of practice was measured using one question. The participant self selected level of practice (Novice, Advanced Beginner, Competent, Proficient, Expert). Participants were recruited through the National Association of Hispanic Nurses, using an online survey completed with a 7% data set response rate (N = 71). RNs described their overall quality of mentoring as average (M = 51.59, SD = 12.17); the greatest mentoring activities experienced provided them with challenges (M = 63.10, SD = 9.74), while the least mentoring activities experienced provided them with friendship (M = 44.04, SD = 10.25). More Hispanic RNs self selected Expert (42.3%, n = 30) than any other level of practice designation. Significant positive correlations were found between level of practice and mentoring activities experienced by Hispanic RNs that focused on learning about politics (r = .307, p = .011), between level of practice and mentoring activities that focused on learning about support and backing (r = .272, p = .025), and between level of practice and mentoring activities that focused on learning about trust (r = .255, p = .036). More information is available for preparing mentors for the role at the administrative, faculty, practitioner, and student levels, and to ensure a climate of understanding and sustainability as to the importance and meaning of mentoring to Hispanic RNs.

Keywords: Hispanic Nurses, Mentoring, Level of Practice, Cultural Sustainability, Personal and Professional Advancement

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp.293-304. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 640.109KB).

Dr. Aida L. Egues

Assistant Professor of Nursing, Department of Nursing, New York City College of Technology, Brooklyn, New York, USA

I am a professional registered nurse in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice, Educational Leadership, from Case Western Reserve University, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. I am a Certified Nurse Educator, a Public Health Clinical Nurse Specialist - Board Certified, and an Advanced Public Health Nurse - Board Certified. I have been a nurse educator for over a decade, and am a multiple award recipient (2008 RN Excellence NY/NJ Regional Award Finalist, Nursing Spectrum, in the Mentoring Category; National Student Nurses’ Association, Inc. Silver Award, School Community Health Project, 2008 Community Health Projects Program for the Peer-to-Peer Mentoring for Professional Advancement Project, and Health Fair and Nursing Professional Recruitment Projects; Leadership and Mentoring Roles with Students award by the City University of New York for dedication to student club involvement and outstanding community outcomes). I have engaged in research and teaching in the areas of community health nursing, consortium development, epidemiology, grants writing, program development, public health nursing, and training for exciting entities such as the American Red Cross, Area Health Education Centers, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Tuberculosis Center as well as numerous public and private universities.

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