Linda Kelly, assistant professor of Nursing and Service Learning Coordinator at Mount Saint Mary College, will continue this semester’s Investigating Research on Campus (iROC) series with “Mentoring Matters” on Thursday, April 7 at 12:45 p.m.
The talk will take place in person and virtually via Zoom at the college. It’s free and open to the public.
The talk will be held on campus a 330 Powell Ave., Newburgh, N.Y. in the Dominican Center, room 218. Please do not come to campus if you are feeling ill.
You must register to attend the virtual presentation. Register at www.msmc.edu/MentoriROC
Whether with colleagues, peers, or students, mentoring can have a positive impact on personal and professional growth, notes Kelly.
In her upcoming talk, Kelly will discuss the results of her dissertation on the influences of mentoring on satisfaction, retention, and scholarly productivity among novice academic Nurse educators. Additionally, she will introduce the PALS (Peers Achieving Leadership and Scholarship) student mentoring program hosted by the Mount’s School of Nursing, and the Mount’s current partnership with NFA West Campus, Newburgh Enlarged City School District.
The impact of COVID-19 has created a crisis in healthcare and nursing shortages are evident in both practice settings and academia, Kelly explains. Mentoring has been encouraged extensively in the literature, as well as by national nursing organizations, as a method to mitigate these shortages and recruit and retain nurse educators, therefore increasing capacity.
“It’s more important than ever to support and retain not only new graduates in practice, but also nurse educators,” she said.
Kelly has been a nurse educator for more than a decade and has been a registered nurse for nearly 25 years. Her specialty areas include medical/surgical nursing; neonatal intensive care nursing (NICU); neurological trauma and rehabilitation; inpatient and outpatient mental health treatment; and community health and wellness treatment for marginalized populations, particularly individuals diagnosed with severe mental illness and medical comorbidities. During her years in the clinical setting, she spent considerable time precepting and orienting new nurse graduates or new hires in practice settings.
The goal of the college’s iROC is to provide a forum for Mount faculty, staff, and students to showcase their research endeavors with the college and local communities. Presentations include research proposals, initial data collection, and completed research projects.
Mount Saint Mary College, ranked a Top-Tier University by U.S. News & World Report, offers bachelor’s and master’s degree programs for careers in healthcare, business, education, social services, communications, media, and the liberal arts.