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CAMACHO BEJARANO, Rafaela et al. The mentorship program in the competency development of Nursing professionals: the perspective from the United Kingdom. Index Enferm [online]. 2011, vol.20, n.1-2, pp.101-105. ISSN 1699-5988.

Training is one of the keystones in which professional satisfaction and healthcare quality are sustained. The European Space for Higher Education has emphasized the imperious need for guaranteeing an adequate training for professionals focused on competency acquisition, integrating academic and practical education. The mentorship program is an initial training system promoted by the NHS (National Health Service) in the United Kingdom for newly qualified staff nurses. These programs offer the possibility for novice nurse to have an adaptation period to their new professional role, having an expert nurse as reference, who will be responsible for providing orientation, training and feed back to these new professionals within their specific work environment. This program will enhance their motivation and professional satisfaction at the same time than guaranteeing the delivery of a high quality care based on an excellence and patient safety model.

Keywords : Mentor; Nursing Continuing Education; Competency- Based Education; Staff development.

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