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Concept Analysis of Mentoring

Meier, Susan R. DNP, APRN, NNP

doi: 10.1097/ANC.0b013e3182a14ca4
Professional Growth and Development

The purpose of a concept analysis is to examine the structure and function of a concept by defining its attributes and internal structure. Concept analysis can clarify an overused or vague concept and promote mutual understanding by providing a precise operational definition. Mentoring is a concept more fully used by other fields, such as business, than in nursing and may not always translate well for use in nursing. Therefore, clarifying the meaning of the existing concept of mentoring and developing an operational definition for use in nursing are aims of this concept analysis. Mentoring is broadly based and concentrates on developing areas such as career progression, scholarly achievements, and personal development. Mentoring relationships are based around developing reciprocity and accountability between each partner. Mentoring is seen related to transition in practice, role acquisition, and socialization, as a way to support new colleagues. Mentorship is related to nurses' success in nursing practice linked to professionalism, nursing quality improvement, and self-confidence.

Pediatrix Medical Group, Denver, Colorado.

Correspondence: Susan R. Meier, DNP, APRN, NNP, 4284 E 130th Cir, Thornton, CO 80241 (

The author declares no conflict of interest.

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