Current financial constraints and workplace staffing shortages challenge the viability of using one-on-one mentoring models to support new graduate nurses. This article describes an innovative strategy for mentoring a large cohort of new nurses. Using a Group Mentoring Team, education specialists in a small rural hospital implemented a cost-effective program to help new nurses gain confidence and competence in the first year of nursing practice.
The author describes a group mentoring program named STAR (Successful Transition and Retention) for novice nurses in a small hospital.
Elaine S. Scott, PhD, RN, is Assistant Professor, Director, MSN Nursing Leadership Concentration, East Carolina University School of Nursing, Greenville, North Carolina.
Sherry D. Smith, MSN, RN, is Education Specialist, Education and Staff Development Department, Lenoir Memorial Hospital, Kinston, North Carolina.
ADDRESS FOR CORRESPONDENCE: Elaine S. Scott, PhD, RN, MSN Nursing Leadership Concentration, East Carolina University School of Nursing, 3138 Allied Health, Library, and Nursing Building, Greenville, NC 27858 (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).