Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name




First Advisor

Debbie Kane


Health and environmental sciences



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Purpose: To evaluate a mentoring program by examining the impact of length of orientation on job satisfaction, organizational commitment, and propensity to leave.

Significance: For the first time in Canada, the Vermont Nurse Internship Project was being implemented in an acute care hospital. A mentoring program with the ability to increase retention and decrease cost was worth examining.

Methods: A survey methodology was utilized to collect data from 27 newly hired nurses after being employed for 9 months.

Results: Significant correlations were found between the following variables; organizational commitment and propensity to leave, organizational commitment and job satisfaction, and propensity to leave and job satisfaction. Of the new graduates surveyed, 62% identified the opportunity for full-time employment as the most common reason for leaving their current workplace.

Conclusions: The results of this study can be utilized to shape mentoring programs of the future and to guide further research in this area.