The most difficult time to retain staff nurses can be the first year after hire. Because of the high costs of recruitment and orientation, retention of these new employees is essential. Mentoring is a viable retention tool for the new employee and for existing experienced nurses. Mentoring also provides professional growth benefits that appeal to existing employees and increase their job enjoyment and satisfaction.
The author describes a mentoring program for new and existing employees that can be implemented with all levels and with many job types.
Amy E. Funderburk, MSN, RN, CNA, is Service Line Administrator for Women's and Children's Services at St. Vincent Health System in Little Rock, Arkansas.
ADDRESS FOR CORRESPONDENCE: Amy E. Funderburk, MSN, RN, CNA, St. Vincent Health System, 2 St. Vincent Circle, Little Rock, AR 72210 (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).