Mentoring in Healthcare
As in most lines of work, mentoring can benefit medical providers. But it has largely been underused in the sector. Mentoring can increase the quality of care by exerting influence on how people work and can assure that policies and procedures are being adhered to via peer accountability.
It can be difficult to put a number on the effects of a mentoring program, but there are several qualitative advantages. According to a study done at the University of Pittsburgh, “Mentoring can contribute to employee motivation, job performance, and retention rates. However, other important benefits are often overlooked. These are related to the long-term health of the organization as a social system. One such contribution is that mentoring provides a structured system for strengthening and assuring the continuity of organizational culture.” (Wilson, James A., and Nancy S. Elman. “Organizational benefits of mentoring.” Executive, vol. 4, no. 4, Jan. 1990, pp. 88–94., doi:10.5465/ame.1990.4277215).
As resources for mentoring relationships expand, it will continue to provide opportunities for increased career satisfaction, career growth, and increased knowledge. Creating a culture of care through any health organization is a difficult task, but one that can be helped along with a mentoring program.