Building a mentoring network

Angela Barron McBride, Jacquelyn Campbell, Nancy Fugate Woods, Spero M. Manson

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Background Mentoring has long been regarded as one of the key components of research training and faculty development. Purpose The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars program purposely facilitated scholars’ development of a mentoring network by providing each individual with three mentors: a school-of-nursing mentor (primary), a university-based non-nurse research mentor (research), and a nationally-recognized nurse leader at another university (national). Method The Mentorship Effectiveness Scale was used to assess the effectiveness of each type of mentor in the first five completed cohorts. Discussion The ratings of mentorship effectiveness for all three kinds of mentors were generally high. Scholars valued most their mentors’ support and advocacy; the biggest weakness in dealing with all mentors was accessibility. Conclusion Even when one mentor proved a poor match, another mentor turned out to be an advocate and helpful, thus reaffirming the benefits of a mentoring network as opposed to only a single mentoring relationship. One lesson learned is the importance of preparing mentors for their role via written materials, in-person or phone orientations, and discussions at the annual meeting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)305-314
Number of pages10
JournalNursing outlook
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2017


  • Mentoring
  • Mentorship Effectiveness Scale
  • Mentorship profile questionnaire
  • Networking
  • Peer mentoring
  • Research development
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars program

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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