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Exploring the impact of mentoring functions on job satisfaction and organizational commitment of new staff nurses

Rhay-Hung Weng1, Ching-Yuan Huang2*, Wen-Chen Tsai3, Li-Yu Chang4, Syr-En Lin5 and Mei-Ying Lee6

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Hospital and Health Care Administration, Chia Nan University of Pharmacy and Science, Taiwan

2 Department of International Business and Trade, Shu-Te University, Taiwan

3 Department of Health Services Administration, China Medical University, Taiwan

4 Department of Nursing, Jen-Ai Hospital, Taiwan

5 Department of Nursing, Saint Paul's Hospital, Taiwan

6 Department of Nursing, St. Martin De Porres Hospital, Taiwan

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BMC Health Services Research 2010, 10:240  doi:10.1186/1472-6963-10-240

Published: 16 August 2010

Abstract

Background

Although previous studies proved that the implementation of mentoring program is beneficial for enhancing the nursing skills and attitudes, few researchers devoted to exploring the impact of mentoring functions on job satisfaction and organizational commitment of new nurses. In this research we aimed at examining the effects of mentoring functions on the job satisfaction and organizational commitment of new nurses in Taiwan's hospitals.

Methods

We employed self-administered questionnaires to collect research data and select new nurses from three regional hospitals as samples in Taiwan. In all, 306 nurse samples were obtained. We adopted a multiple regression analysis to test the impact of the mentoring functions.

Results

Results revealed that career development and role modeling functions have positive effects on the job satisfaction and organizational commitment of new nurses; however, the psychosocial support function was incapable of providing adequate explanation for these work outcomes.

Conclusion

It is suggested in this study that nurse managers should improve the career development and role modeling functions of mentoring in order to enhance the job satisfaction and organizational commitment of new nurses.