Date of Paper/Work


Type of Paper/Work

Scholarly project

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Nursing




VaLinda Pearson


The nursing profession is facing an eminent faculty shortage. Novice nurse educators and nurses transitioning from clinical practice to academia are often ill prepared for the faculty role. Mentoring has been used throughout nursing to prepare and advance nurses for a variety of roles. This paper discusses the vast literature surrounding the phenomenon of mentoring in nursing including the importance of mentoring as a strategy to socialize and prepare novice nurse educators for academia. Minimal research is available on the effect of mentoring graduate nurse educator students for socialization and preparation for the faculty role. This paper describes a novel approach to prepare graduate nurse educator students for academia. By incorporating a mentor program in graduate nurse educator programs, faculty mentors for graduate nurse educator students facilitate the socialization and preparation process for these novice nurse educators and their future roles in academia.


Nurse Educator