First Advisor

Szutenbach, Mary Pat

Thesis Committee Member(s)

McCallum, Colleen


McCallum, Colleen & Finn, Cris


Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice


Loretto Heights School of Nursing

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Number of Pages

226 pages


The retention of pre-licensure baccalaureate nursing students is one of the critical components in resolving the present healthcare crisis. Peer mentors play an important role in retention of students. The main objective of peer mentoring was to support a nursing student making the transition to a university setting and to nursing education. Gilmour, Kopeikin, and Douche (2007) described peer mentoring as a key strategy for support of nursing students. Mentoring is a complex process requiring development of purposeful relationships underpinned by knowledge and experience. This capstone project's purpose was designed and implemented to determine if a mentor training program for pre-licensure baccalaureate nursing students would increase mentor self-efficacy and mentoring efficacy.

This capstone project was a quantitative, pre- and post-test study design. The mentor training program was held in a classroom at the selected Midwestern University in January 2013. A total of 26 participants self-enrolled in an eight hour mentor training program. This program provided a rich learning opportunity for the development of the qualities and skills required for mentoring roles. Participants answered 30 questions on a five point Likert scale regarding their beliefs concerning mentor self-efficacy and mentoring efficacy. The questions were the same for the pre- and post-test. Data analysis demonstrated a statistically significant positive difference in mentor self-efficacy and mentoring efficacy; p> 0.05 and p> 0.001 respectively. This data will be useful for change agents interested in the implementation and design of mentor training programs.

Date of Award

Summer 2013

Location (Creation)

Colorado (state); Denver (county); Denver (inhabited place)

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