Mentorship for Nursing in a Rural Area: A Program for Success for Working with Diverse Populations


Rural areas often face severe nurse shortages that result in many challenges to health care agencies located there. Of particular concern is the need for preparing nurses from urban areas to the realities of rural practice. The Navajoland Nurses United for Research, Service, and Education, Inc. (N-NURSE) developed a culturally based mentorship program entitled the Navajo Nursing Pathway of Mentorship © 2004 to meet this need. The program is used to support nurses in their transition to rural practice. The newly hired nurses attend a workshop and can be assigned a mentor who serves as a cultural bridge builder to assist them with their transition to rural practice in a culturally diverse area.

Key Words: Rural/Frontier Nursing, Mentorship, Preceptorship, Culture, American Indian

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