A Journal Article a Week (11/02/11): Mentoring in emergency care: ‘growing our own’

Okay, this is late, and apologies to my co-conspirators Terri Schmitt and Rob Fraser, who challenges to every nurse to read a journal article a week is still open. You can sign up for this tremendous idea here.

APA Citation: Berezuik, S. (2010). Mentoring in emergency care: ‘growing our own’. Emergency Nurse: The Journal Of The RCN Accident And Emergency Nursing Association, 18(7), 12-15. Retrieved from EBSCOhost.

The Skinny: Introducing new graduates to the emergency department setting is challenging, and for the nurses themselves, can be overwhelming. Formal and informal mentorship can ease the transition and effectively integrate new nurses into the emergency department team.

Money Quote:

“Mentoring is a universal and effective strategy for nurturing nurses in what are increasingly stressful and challenging work environments. Graduates are the future of the profession, and the mentoring process allows new nurses to build on their optimism rather than having it extinguished by poor experiences and lack of support.”

New Insight: Maybe us old birds should take the initiative and be pro-active in offering our services in being mentors? I mean, we’re talking about the future of the profession here, right?

Why You Should Care: Do you really want to work with people, new grads or not, who aren’t really part of the team, or worse, don’t know what they’re doing? Sharing your knowledge and experience could make all the difference in the world.

Next Week (i.e. tomorrow!):Evaluation and management of apparent life-threatening events in infants.


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  1. #1 by Cartoon Characters on Thursday 17 February 2011 - 1040

    we do this at work, only, one article per month. One per wk would be a little much in a work environment. It is actually quite interesting and creates great discussion and ideas.

  2. #2 by Rob Fraser RN on Thursday 17 February 2011 - 1057

    Glad to hear someone with so much experience and knowledge, such as as yourself talking about mentorship. As a new graduate and soon to be “real” nurse, going to the clinical world in September, I will definitely be looking for mentors. Despite having a degree, and hopefully a masters, I don’t think it means I’m smarter or know more than any nurse that has been working for years on the floor. A different type of knowledge, that is important for healthcare, but I’ll be looking to quickly refresh, learn and develop my skills in the clinical environment. Can’t wait to get out of the books and back on the floor! I just hope where ever I end up has read this article and the many others that talk about the importance of mentorship, because I know I need it.


  3. #3 by jmhearn- Nurse Author on Thursday 17 February 2011 - 1707

    This is an interesting idea that might be difficult to accomplish in some units or systems. For instance, mentoring does not seem to be highly valued or prioritized in my facility. Unfortunately, we have lost several potentially fine staffers because of the prevailing warm body type of staffing in which needsof the department are met, not the needs of the staffers. This is extremely short sighted, as learning by fire is a stressful and dangerous way to discover facets of an emergent situation. Aside from personal motivation, how does one really try to get a team onboard for mentoring?

  4. #4 by Facility Management on Thursday 13 October 2011 - 2316

    Hello! I follow you blog since many years ago. I love all! Gracias! (Thank you!)

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