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The experience of being a protege in a nursing mentor relationship Roberts, Ellen Marcelle


This study describes the experience of proteges in a nursing mentor relationship. The nature and essence of mentoring is described from the perspective of the protege using a phenomenological method. Data were collected by use of an in-depth, semi-structured interview. Thirteen proteges (10 nursing faculty and 3 master's in science of nursing students) acted as participants. The findings emphasize the importance and profundity of the mentoring relationship for these proteges. Mentoring is seen as a complex phenomenon that can be conceptualized as having four major content categories: mentoring as a process, mentoring as a relationship, mentor functions, and mentoring outcomes. Major themes under each of these content categories are described. The implications that mentoring has for nursing practice, education, administration, and research are presented.

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