Negative mentors in nursing

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Cigdem Berk Ozcan


Mentoring is defined as the relationship between an older and experienced mentor and a less experienced young mentee who is seeking help in developing a career. Although learning, growth and development are not seen in various professional organizations and personal relationships, mentoring relationship is a relationship that focuses on the individual's career development and maturation.2007 Eby noted; the mentoring relationship can be observed in interpersonal relations as well as differences in terms of quality. Mentoring is a positive interaction or positive results may not necessarily be observable. Negative mentoring interaction in nurses is increasing in direct proportion to burnout. Eby and Allen 2002 study; Negative mentoring experience may be associated with more negative consequences, although positive mentoring experience contributes to positive outcomes for mentors, including stress and exhaustion reduction. Negative counseling experience for mentee is associated with increased stress and reduced job satisfaction and increased work intensity. In Eby et al.'s 2008 study, we examined the relationship between emotional exhaustion dimension and negative counseling in a study that did not show a relationship between negative mentoring experience and mentored burnout status. Schaffer and Taylar 2010 have identified a destructive relationship with negative emotional exhaustion, increasing emotional exhaustion among interpersonal problems. Negative mentoring experiences are related to emotional exhaustion in nurses and they can conceive significant consequences. Negative mentoring experiences relate to emotional exhaustion in nurses and they can have important consequences. Sambunjak et al 2009 pointed out that the obstacles of health workers are not having strong mentoring skills, seeing mentees as potential competitors, personal obstacles, time constraints, lack of shift work and incentives. Allen et al. 1997, former mentoring experience of the mentor, social support of the manager, work stress or organizational factors and individual characteristics contribute.Negative mentoring should be studied to establish a successful mentoring relationship in nursing. Nurses' awareness of negative mentoring should be increased and negative mentoring problems should be minimized.
Keywords: Nursing; mentoring; negative mentoring.


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Ozcan, C. B. (2017). Negative mentors in nursing. New Trends and Issues Proceedings on Humanities and Social Sciences, 4(2), 174–182. (Original work published December 5, 2017)