Professional Immigrant Nurses: The Role of Mentoring in Competency Assessment
Lleva, Desiree May; Baquirin, Jonathan (2019)
Lleva, Desiree May
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This study discusses the role of mentoring in the assessment process of immigrant nurses. The purpose of this study is to identify ways through which professional nurses can transition into working life within Finland expeditiously while maintaining quality care and ensuring patient safety. The questions that led this investigation are: (i) what is the role of mentoring in competence assessment of professional immigrant nurses? (ii) what are the potential benefits and risks in using a mentoring model for assessing competencies among professional immigrant nurses? In this study, a literature review was conducted. A qualitative content analysis was used through an inductive approach. The nursing theory of choice is Joyce Fritzpatrick’s Life perspective rhythm model. Findings suggest that a mentorship model as a medium to achieve professional development benefits both mentors and mentees. The evidence suggests notable emerging aspects of professional development involving improved transition and adaptation for immigrant professional nurses and enhanced overall satisfaction for both mentors and mentees. Specific aspects of development comprised concepts of empowerment, increased self-confidence and improved engagement. Conclusions suggest that mentoring is one avenue whereby immigrant professional nurses can benefit as it lends support in determining their level of proficiency and in identifying any gaps.