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19 nursing professionals complete mentorship training programme   |29 February 2024

19 nursing professionals complete mentorship training programme   

The nursing professionals in a souvenir photograph with guests after receving their certificates (Photo: Joena Meme)

A group of 19 nursing professionals have received their certificates after successfully completing a two-week mentorship programme from January 15 to 27.

The certificate presentation ceremony took place yesterday at the Sheikh Khalifa Diagnostic Centre conference room at the Seychelles Hospital.

Chief Nursing Officer, Dr Gylian Mein, who was leading the programme, said the aims of such a programme are to support newly graduated nurses who are entering the healthcare workforce, address challenges faced by those entering the field, and also to refresh those who have been out of practice for some time and wish to reinstate their licenses.

The training acknowledges hurdles such as lack of confidence and limited clinical experience, aiming to bridge gaps, enhance clinical skills, and foster professional development, according to Dr Mein.

Experienced nurses are given the necessary skills and knowledge to become effective mentors for newly graduated nurses, facilitating their smooth transition into the clinical environment, enhancing the professional development of both mentors and mentees, and improving patient care quality and safety by ensuring well-supported and competent nursing staff, added Dr Mein.

The Principal Nursing Officer for Hospital Care, Elsia Sinon, congratulated those who completed the programme and noted the Ministry of Health has taken a pioneering step in fostering professional growth and development by spearheading this training.

“Research shows that mentorship reduces turnover rates and improves job satisfaction. Clinical mentoring is needed to support new nurses in navigating the demanding healthcare environment, promoting their success and well-being in their careers.”

As a mentor, nurses guide and oversee less experienced nurses, facilitating their career development. This supportive relationship provides tremendous growth opportunities and can be conducted formally or informally. The importance of mentoring in nursing includes the opportunity to challenge both the mentee and mentor to think differently while considering areas for professional improvement. This one-on-one relationship sometimes lasts for years and benefits both the mentor and mentee.

Another similar programme is scheduled for August this year for 21 nurses, aiming to accommodate 40 nurses per year, according to Dr Mein.


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