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Mentoring of Nurse Faculty

The Mentoring of Nursing Faculty Tool Kit©

The NLN Task Group on Healthful Work Environments is proud to introduce the Mentoring of Nursing Faculty Tool Kit, an extension of the work of the Task Group on Recruitment and Retention of Faculty and an outgrowth of the 2006 Mentoring of Nurse Faculty position statement. The Mentoring of Nurse Faculty position statement included a recommendation for the NLN to develop a “Tool Kit” to promote enacting mentoring among nurse faculty.

The Mentoring of Nursing Faculty Tool Kit is comprised of a series of questions to cultivate reflective assessment of mentoring practices in nursing units and includes examples of literature references and online resources that provide further information about mentoring in a variety of areas. Individuals may be interested in using the tool kit as a guide when seeking a mentor, or a protégé, while faculty groups or nursing education administrators may find the tool kit useful in developing and assessing mentoring programs at their institutions. Overall, the tool kit is a resource designed to enhance healthful work environments that support educators in their work and contribute to the recruitment and retention of nurse faculty.

You can download a PDF of the NLN’s Mentoring of Nursing Faculty Tool Kit (available for your personal reading only). An electronic format of the tool kit (available as a Word document) contains active links to online resources, and with permission from the NLN can be modified as the user chooses. To request copyright permission to duplicate, modify, or expand use of the tool kit for other than personal reading, complete the Request for Permission (DOC) and email to

In most instances, requests for permission will be approved within two weeks of receipt. Use of the tool kit for nursing education research or for duplication by NLN member schools and NLN members is usually approved at no cost. Non-member schools, individuals and organizations or publishers wishing to reproduce the tool kit in books or electronic media will be charged a fee for copyright permission based on intended use. Each individual submitting a copyright request will receive a written response, including citation requirements and an invoice (when a copyright permission fee is required). The fee must be paid in full before the electronic version of the tool kit will be provided. If a request is denied, an explanation will be provided.

The Task Group on Healthful Work Environments: A Task Group of the Nurse Educator Workforce Development Advisory Council (NEWDAC)
Marilyn Brady, PhD, RN (Chair)
Elizabeth A. Gazza, PhD, RN, FACCE
Layna Himmelberg, MSN, RN
Melissa Lambert, MSN, RN
Karen Mittura, MSN, RN, CCRN
Karen Morin, DSN, RN
Deborah Ulmer, PhD, RN
Max Veltman, MSN, RN, CPNP
Kathleen Walsh, EdD, RN, C
Mary Stedman, MS, RN, ANP, CNE (Liaison from NEWDAC)
Patricia K. Young, PhD, RN (Liaison from NEWDAC)
Lynette Hinds, MA, RN (NLN Staff Liaison)

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