The Effect of "Mentored" Relationships on Satisfaction and Intent to Stay of Company Grade U.S. Army Reserve (USAR) Nurses.
Strategy research project,
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of mentoring on company grade U.S. Army Reserve USAR nurses and the strategic implications. The effect of mentorship on professional socialization, job satisfaction and intent to stay were examined using the adapted framework of Hunt and Michael, Drehers Mentoring Scale, Hoppocks Job Satisfaction Scale, and Prices Intent to Stay Scale. The study population was 300 USAR nurses from Troop Program Units TPU, Individual Mobilization Augmentee IMA assignments and Individual Ready Reserve IRR. The overall response rate was 57, with 72 of the 171 respondents reporting at least one mentored experience. Mentored nurses reported more satisfaction and a higher intent to stay than non-mentored nurses, with no significant difference between organizational assignments. The non-mentored IRR group reported significantly less satisfaction and intent to stay than IMA or TPU nurses. Recommendations are made for continued research and encouragement of mentoring as an item of command interest.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations