Date of Award

Summer 2021

Document Type

Final DNP Paper

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



Faculty Chair

Dr. Martha Richey


Nursing mentoring programs promote professional socialization in new graduates to increase patient safety, enhance clinical competency, improve job satisfaction, and reduce turnover. A structured mentoring program helps the new graduate experience a more controlled and intentional learning experience. Implementing a well-designed experience helps to increase job satisfaction and decreased turnover. The mentorship program utilized Patricia Benner’s theory ‘From Novice to Expert model.’ The project design was based on quality improvement which followed the focus, analyze, develop, execute, and evaluate (FADE) methodology. The goal of the project was to measure the intent to stay of new graduate nurses through Intent to Stay/Leave Job Diagnostic Survey. A series of two-proportion z-tests were performed to test changes in percentages of agreement before and after the training sessions. There were no significant differences detected for all 15 statements asked of both groups of nurses at the 0.05 level of significance.

Included in

Nursing Commons



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