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NC Public Health Nurse Mentoring Orientation materials. Background. Retention problems exist in all of nursing but are particularly problematic in public health Nurses entering governmental public health nursing positions appear to have knowledge deficiencies in areas such as:
Retention problems exist in all of nursing but are particularly problematic in public health
Nurses entering governmental public health nursing positions appear to have knowledge deficiencies in areas such as:
COPE (Committee on Practice and Education) of NC Association of PHN Administrators has been looking at recruitment and retention issues affecting the specialty field of Public Health Nursing. Mentoring has been identified as an effective tool in assuring the successful transition of nurses to public health.
Mentoring is a deliberate pairing of a more skilled or more experienced person with a less skilled or less experienced one, with the mutually agreed goal of having the less skilled person grow and develop specific competencies.
Mentoring is a personalized one-on-one approach to learning grounded in a personal and professional relationship between a mentee (the learner) and the mentor (the teacher).
(Goldman & Schmalz, 2001)
Public Health Nursingis the practice of promoting and protecting the health of populations using knowledge from nursing, social and public health sciences.
(APHA, Public Health Nursing Section, 1996.)
Cornerstones of PH Nursing, Minnesota Department of Health , revised 2007
Individual Medical care:
"The degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions".
“Ninety million people in the United States, nearly half the population, have difficulty understanding and using health information”
Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities
NC Department of Health and Human Services
Forest Toms, PhD
Training Research & Development, Inc. , Hickory, NC
To build the foundation for culturally appropriate health services capable of serving an increasingly diverse population.
of Culture, we think of mainstream America; but when we think
of Diversity the tendency is to think of minority groups.”
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Percentage of US Population
Organizes Our Physical
And Social Interaction
Shapes Our Understanding
Culturaldestructiveness -- attitudes, policies, and
practices that are harmful to cultures and hence to individuals within the culture.
Culturalincapacity -- the system or agencies lack(s) the capacity to help minority clients or communities. There is much bias.
Culturalblindness -- the system and agencies provide(s) services with the belief that they are unbiased. The premise is that services are universally applicable.
As part of the agency’s commitment, it should be recognized that cultural diversity and cultural competence require an understanding of the sociopolitical environment in which an agency operates.
Once matched, the pair should write up a formal mentoring agreement to clarify their roles with one another. This agreement can determine the framework of the relationship.