Recent reports on nurse education and health workforce planning in Australia have pointed to difficulties faced by new graduate nurses in adjusting to the demands of work, and recruitment and retention problems in the nursing workforce. These problems appear to be global, affecting different disciplines and some areas of health and social care more than others. Reducing attrition in the first few years after completing university is an important step towards retaining registered nurses in areas of health and social care that struggles to attract new graduates (Holmes, 2006; Mental Health Nurse Education Taskforce, 2008). One way of supporting new graduates is through the provision of structured mentorship programmes. The broad purpose of such programmes is to improve care and to enable the health and social care workforce to establish, maintain and promote standards and innovations in practice in the interests of consumers. Whilst this chapter reports on the main findings of a: study of group mentorship for new graduate nurses working in one mental health service in New South Wales, Australia, the underlying principles could be applied to differing groups of health and social care professionals.
Creative Approaches to Health and Social Care Education p. 213-229