Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-2010

Abstract

Mentoring, a term that originated with Greek literature, has been defined as a reciprocal, enabling relationship that promotes growth and development of the mentee (Milner & Bossers, 2005; Rose, 2005; Scheerer, 2007; Schemm & Bross, 1995). Generally, this relationship focuses specifically on development of the career of the mentee. The mentoring relationship serves multiple functions and may occur in many forms, providing role modeling, support and encouragement, socialization to the culture, advocacy, and perhaps even protection. Mentors also provide training, advice, and guidance. Mentoring may occur formally or informally, and the culture of the organization in which the relationship occurs may affect the nature of the relationship significantly. Formal mentoring programs have been popular in the business world during the past decades but more recently have entered the field of health care, specifically allied health.


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