Mentoring advanced practice nurses in research: Recommendations from a pilot program

Doris Leung, Kimberley Widger, Doris Howell, Sioban Nelson, Alex Molassiotis


Advanced Practice Nurses (APNs) need research skills to develop and advance their practice and, yet, many have limited access to research training and support following completion of their advanced degree. In this paper we report on the development, delivery, and evaluation of an innovative pilot program that combined research training and one-to-one mentorship for nine APNs in conducting research relevant to their practice. The program was organized within an academic institution and its affiliated hospitals in Toronto, Canada. Our experience with this program may assist those in other organizations to plan and deliver a similar program for APN research mentorship.

Key words: advanced nursing practice, mentorship, research training

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