Scholarship and mentoring: An essential partnership?
Article first published online: 3 DEC 2010
© 2010 Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd
International Journal of Nursing Practice
Volume 16, Issue 6, pages 573–578, December 2010
How to Cite
Turnbull, B. (2010), Scholarship and mentoring: An essential partnership?. International Journal of Nursing Practice, 16: 573–578. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-172X.2010.01883.x
- Issue published online: 3 DEC 2010
- Article first published online: 3 DEC 2010
- Accepted for publication September 2010
- nursing academics;
- scholarly productivity;
Turnbull B. International Journal of Nursing Practice 2010; 16: 573–578 Scholarship and mentoring: An essential partnership?
This paper discusses as study of mentoring and its relationship to nursing academics' scholarly productivity. A hermeneutic phenomenological approach was used to explore participants' experiences of mentoring and scholarship. Although all participants were well aware of the need to increase levels of scholarship, few had experienced the role modelling, guidance and leadership to assist them in meeting the expectations of the tertiary environment. While quality mentoring was viewed as a productive facilitator to improving levels of scholarly productivity, a supportive work environment with strong academic leadership was also considered an essential element in developing scholarship. Mentoring alone was considered unlikely to ameliorate any institutional issues, but rather, comprised one of a number of strategies. The picture that emerged from the study illustrates a discipline in transition in which a culture of mentoring is not well established, one that requires change not only within the discipline, but within tertiary institutions.