How mentors can influence the values, behaviours and attitudes of nursing staff through positive professional socialisation
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How mentors can influence the values, behaviours and attitudes of nursing staff through positive professional socialisation

Kay Norman Senior lecturer, Faculty of Health and Social Care, Nursing Department, Open University

This article explores the concept and processes involved in professional socialisation and how mentors and nurse managers can help to foster positive aspects of this in their practice. Positive professional socialisation needs champions to instil fundamental professional values and behaviours in nursing staff, and managers need to support mentors to influence and lead the way in promoting standards of excellence in the nursing profession to assure public trust and confidence, and ultimately patient safety. The time out activities will ask you to consider and develop possible strategies to help support mentors and staff, and aim to encourage you to explore the potential benefits of positive professional socialisation for your team in delivering high quality patient care.

Nursing Management. 22, 8,33-38. doi: 10.7748/nm.22.8.33.s28

Correspondence

kay.norman@open.ac.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double-blind review and has been checked using antiplagiarism software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 03 October 2015

Accepted: 27 October 2015