Self-assessment of clinical nurse mentors as dimensions of professional development and the capability of developing ethical values among nursing students: A correlational research study

Brigita Skela Savic, Alice Kiger

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Introduction: Providing adequate training for mentors, fostering a positive mentorship culture and establishing the necessary operational procedures for ensuring mentorship quality are the keys to effective clinical mentoring of nursing students.

Purpose: The purpose of the research was to explain different dimensions of clinical mentors’ professional development and their capability of developing ethical values in nursing students.

Methods: A non-experimental quantitative research design was employed. Data were collected by means of a questionnaire administered to the population of clinical mentors (N=143). The total number of questions was 36. Descriptive statistics were used, and bivariate analysis, factor analysis, correlation analysis and linear regression analysis were performed.

Results: The professional development of clinical nurse mentors was explained (R2 = 0.256) by career advancement (p = 0.000), research and learning (p = 0.024) and having a career development plan (p = 0.043). In-creased professional self-confidence (R2 = 0.188) was explained by career advancement (p = 0.000) and the time engaged in record keeping (p = 0.028). Responsibility for the development of ethical values in nursing students (R2 = 0.145) was explained by the respondents’ level of education (p = 0.020) and research and learning (p = 0.024). Applying ethical principles and norms into practice (R2 = 0.212) was explained by self-assessed knowledge in ethics (p = 0.037) and research and learning (p = 0.044).

Conclusions: Clinical nurse mentors tended to lack a career development plan, had low work time spent on research and insufficiently participated in education and training activities, which turned out to be significant explanatory factors of their professional development and their capability of developing ethical values in nursing students. The research showed that nursing and higher education managers often failed to assume responsibility for the professional development of clinical nurse mentors.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1044-1051
Number of pages8
JournalNurse Education Today
Issue number10
Early online date21 Apr 2015
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2015



  • nurse
  • mentor
  • career
  • self-confidence
  • learning
  • nursing managers

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