An Evaluation Study of a Mentoring Program to Increase the Diversity of the Nursing Workforce
Focus group methodology was used to evaluate faculty mentors (n=l O) and student mentees (n=30) perceptions of a formal mentoring program. Prior to implementing the mentoring program, faculty preparation involved cultural competence and mentor workshops. Overall, both mentors and mentees had positive perceptions of the program. Three themes emerged from each group. The mentor themes were role modeling, caring and academic success and the mentee themes were support system, enhanced perceptions of the nursing profession, and academic enrichment. In addition, there were similarities between the mentors and the mentees when asked what constituted a good mentor and a good mentee.