Date Approved


Degree Type

Open Access Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



Committee Member

Angela Lukomski, DNP, RN, CPNP-PC

Committee Member

Caroline Peltz, PhD, RN, MSHSA, CNE

Committee Member

Tsu-Yin Wu, PhD, RN, FAAN

Committee Member

Lisa Friedman, MS, BSN, RN, NE-BC


Background and Review of Literature: The current literature provides the context of mentorship and its benefits across various disciplines. Nursing and medicine use mentorship frequently to guide each new generation of healthcare providers. There is a current lack of research focusing on nurse practitioners as it relates specifically to mentorship.
Purpose: The purpose of this Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) project was to evaluate mentorship in nurse practitioners and across subspecialties.
Methods: A descriptive correlational study was conducted. Data were collected using the Mentor Evaluation Tool (MET) and the National University Hospital Mentorship Evaluation (NUH ME) tool that were administered to current nurse practitioners at two large healthcare organizations in Southeast Michigan. Data analysis was completed using SPSS Version 27.
Results: Sample characteristics, frequencies, and distrubition statistics were completed. A total of 63 nurse practitioners replied initially. Based on inclusion criteria, 10 nurse practitioners were able to progress futher in the survey. One hundred percent of the participants were female; 60% were employed at Saint Joseph Mery Hospital Health System (SJMHS) and 40% at Integrated Health Associates (IHA). All participants reported their mentorship positively impacted their job satisfaction. Nonparametric testing was completed to evaluate for relationships between overall MET score, mentorship domains of the MET, and overall NUH ME score among nurse practitioner (NP) subspecialities. The results did not indicate statistical significance.
Implementation Plan/Procedure: After data collection and analysis were completed, a presentation to the key stakeholders of the two healthcare organizations was done. As a preliminary evaluation, the results have the ability to guide the next steps in the process of developing mentorship within healthcare organizations.
Implications/Conclusion: Formal mentorship could benefit job satisfaction in nurse practitioners within healthcare organization(s).

Included in

Nursing Commons