ArticleThe Value of Mentoring: A Strategic Approach to Retention and RecruitmentGreene, Maureen T. RN, MS, CS, ACNP-P; Puetzer, Mary MS, RN, CNAAuthor Information Clinical Nurse Educator; Intensive Care Unit Vice President Nursing Services; Chief Nursing Executive; St. Joseph Regional Medical Center; Milwaukee, Wisconsin Journal of Nursing Care Quality: October 2002 - Volume 17 - Issue 1 - p 63-70 Buy Abstract The issues of recruitment, training, and retention of experienced nursing staff remains an ongoing business strategy of nursing service in many health care facilities. The implementation of a structured mentoring program recognizes the need to develop and maintain relationships between the new and the experienced nurses. The terms of mentor and mentee are defined within a structured orientation program, highlighting specific roles and responsibilities of each. The use of other staff as preceptors and resources is discussed as a mechanism to enhance diversity in skill and knowledge development. The value of clinical tracking forms, planning calendars, and feedback mechanisms are stressed to ensure success in monitoring this program in a longitudinal way. Problems associated with the assignment of mentors are addressed as an area for future investigation in different care settings. © 2002 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.