Evaluating Mentorship Practices Among Nursing Students In Selected Kenyan Universities

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NJAMBI DRCHEGEMARGARET. "Evaluating Mentorship Practices Among Nursing Students In Selected Kenyan Universities.". 2009.

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Evaluating Mentorship Practices Among Nursing Students In Selected Kenyan Universities
Ms. ESTHER GICHIGI, Compl~ted MScN (2009) At University of Nairobi School of Nursing Sciences
PROF. ANNAKARANI, Prof. at University of Nairobi, School of Nursing Sciences pRo MARGARET CHEGE, A lecturer at University of Nairobi School of Nursing Sciences
Abstract.
Mentorship programs are offered to support students in program completion, confidence building and transitioning
to further education or the work force. However mentoring relationships have been faced by challenges such as
inadequate knowledge and negative attitude. This study aimed at evaluating knowledge, attitude and perceived
benefits on mentorship among the nursing students in Kenyan universities.
The study was conducted in September, 2009. A descriptive cross sectional survey used both qualitative and
quantitative methods to gather information. The study participants were students from University of Nairobi
(U.O.N)and Kenya Methodist University (K.E.M.U).Asample of 188 students was selected from a total population
of 403 in both universities.
The data Were coded, entered and analyzed using statistical package for social sciences (SPSS). Presentation
of data was done in form of descriptive statistics, frequency distribution and graphs. Pearsons chi square tests
were used to compare the two groups. The tests level of significance was set at 5%. Results showed that there
was a significance difference between mentorship programmes in the two institutions ( 0 2= 17.02, d.f=l, P <
0.001) . Fourty four (72%) of the students at K.E.M.Ufelt that the program had positive impact on students'
development while only 26(21%)at the U.O.Nhad similar attitude.
To maximize on the benefits of mentorship for both institutions, clear policies and guidelines should be put
in place. Evaluation of the mentorship programs and their impact on students' development should be done
regularly. Further studies on ways to improve mentorship are recommended.
INTRODUCTION
Mentorship is a supportive relationship established between two individuals where knowledge,
skills and experience are shared .The mentee or protege is someone seeking guidance in developing
specific competencies, self awareness and skills in early intervention. The mentor is a person who
has expertise in the areas of need identified by the mentee and is able to share the wisdom in a
nurturing way (Alliance for excellent education, 2005).
Mentorship can also be referred to as the provision of model performance by persons with wisdom
from whom advice and guidance can be sought (European Region of world conference for physical
therapy, 2003).It is also considered as pairing students with adult volunteers or older students
who provide friendship, guidance and support as student navigate new and ever more challenging
circumstances (Val, 1994).

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