A structured clinical mentorship program built into
the hospital policy will facilitate easy transition of a
novice nurse to a competent nurse.
This study aimed to assess the effectiveness of a
structured Clinical Mentorship program on confidence
levels of nurses with less than one year of experience.
An Evaluative Research approach with repeated
measures design was used. Eighty-Eight Nurses with less
than one year of experience (Mentees) were recruited for
study through random sampling. After matching with a
Mentor, a New Nurse Confidence Scale was used to
assess the confidence levels before intervention and at 6
months and 12 months of intervention. The intervention
was a Structured Clinical Mentorship Program which
included individual mentoring for the nurses by trained
The confidence Mean was 48.69(SD+/-5.06) before
intervention, 57.77(SD+/-3.23) at 6 months and
51.28(SD+/-7.88) at 12 months after intervention.
Repeated measures ANOVA revealed that there was
very high level of statistical significance between pre and
post-test assessment at 6 months at P=0.001 and 12
months at P=0.013 level indicating that the Clinical
Mentorship Program had significant impact on the
confidence levels of the Mentees.
There was significant improvement in the
confidence levels of novice nurses after the Clinical
Mentorship Program. An effective mentoring program
supports beginner nurses, provides them with sufficient
opportunities to learn from experienced nurses and thus
enhances their self-confidence.