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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2012, Article ID 345085, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1100/2012/345085
Review Article

Mentoring Nurse Scientists to Meet Nursing Faculty Workforce Needs

School of Nursing, College of Health and Human Services, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 9201 University City Boulevard, CHHS 416, Charlotte, NC 28223, USA

Received 24 October 2011; Accepted 20 November 2011

Academic Editors: R. A. Brumback and A. Youk

Copyright © 2012 Mary A. Nies and Meredith Troutman-Jordan. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Research indicates that mentoring has been highly effective in promoting faculty success. Strong mentors in the area of scholarship are extremely valuable for junior faculty, not only because of their research and academic expertise but also for their role modeling behaviors. This paper highlights key components of research mentoring used by a senior nursing faculty member. The senior faculty mentor and junior faculty mentee developed a common vision, relating to research interests in health promotion for vulnerable populations. Impact at the individual, school, university, and society level is discussed, and benefits of mentoring to meet nursing faculty workforce needs are emphasized.