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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Vicki Ann Moss, DNSc, MS, BSN, RN (University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh)
Description: This book explores the history and importance of mentoring, as well as the roles of both protege and mentor. It also discusses how to identify a mentor and how to develop a successful mentoring relationship.
Purpose: It is intended as a practical guide to mentoring to help students and novice nurses become successful and fulfilled in their nursing careers.
Audience: According to the author, it is written for all student nurses, both undergraduate and graduate as well as the novice nurse and the evolving nurse.
Features: This small paperback has four parts dealing with navigating a successful nursing career, the ABCs of mentoring, making the mentor match, and career success and the mentor connection. Appendixes include a guide for a personal mentor action plan and resources for collective mentoring and networking. Each chapter begins with an introduction and objectives and includes "Fast Facts in a Nutshell" that emphasize the chapter's main concepts.
Assessment: This is a very practical and easy to read book that could be very useful for nurses starting out in their careers. As the foreword states, it could be a resource for formal mentoring programs, residency programs, and nursing educational programs. The information and advice in this book may also keep new nurses from leaving the field if they are able to develop successful mentoring relationships. It is a bargain at $25.00.