Academic careers: the value of individual mentorship on research career progression

Beata Dobrowolska, Roslyn Kane, Anna Pilewska-Kozak , Paul Linsley

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The paper discusses how individual mentoring may impact positively on career pathway development for potential and future clinical academic researchers in nursing and allied health professions.

Methods: The paper draws on a number of data sources and methodologies in order to fulfil the aims. Firstly, international literature provides an insight into mentoring processes and impact on career development. This is followed by a review of the mentoring experiences based on a UK study on the professorial populations in nursing and allied health professions. The final section reports on results of interviews with early and advanced researchers on their experiences of mentoring.

Results: Individual mentoring is valued highly by health care professionals at all stages of career development. It is considered particularly useful when people are in transition towards a more challenging career role.Individuals in receipt of mentoring both formal and informal, report improved confidence in their cability to achieve their career goals. Mentees report improved levels of competence achieved through knowledge aquisition, networking and ability to probelm solve.
Conclusions/Summary: Mentoring is considered an important process for health care professionals at all stages of their career.

Opportunities to access and receive mentoring support for health care staff in the UK remain limited and sporadic in nature. There are examples of excellent mentoring schemes in place within some institutons and organisations but a national strategy to support mentoring has yet to be developed
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2013
EventUDINE-C 7th International Scientific Conference -
Duration: 16 Sep 201320 Sep 2013


ConferenceUDINE-C 7th International Scientific Conference

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