Online mentoring for RNs

Prompted by data showing as many as 40 percent of new nurses leave their first jobs within the first year and by increasing pressure on RNs during an era of health care transformation, the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses has launched a mentoring program to help nurses in all specialties develop strong relationships, learn to cope with challenges and provide better patient care. Visit to download a Mentor Guide, Mentee Guide and Site Coordinator Guide that contain tools, management plans, evaluations and details in the respective roles; tips and surveys in a self-directed format; and related resources.

Initiative aims to boost number of nurses with BAs, higher degrees

The American Organization of Nurse Executives will lead a Tri-Council for Nursing initiative to increase the proportion of nurses with a bachelor's or higher nursing degree. Phase 1 will provide up to $300,000 each to nine state action coalitions. The program also will promote critical skills such as leadership, cultural competence, interprofessional collaboration, as well as quality and safety, and diversity of the nursing workforce. "Without a better educated nursing workforce, we will not be able to meet the needs of a rapidly aging and more diverse population, solve the shortage of primary care providers, improve care coordination and in other ways meet emerging needs," says AONE CEO Pamela Thompson. The initiative is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Job hunters hit social media

Physicians, nurses and others looking for work in health care increasingly use social media, according to a survey by AMN Healthcare. In 2011, one in three respondents said they search for jobs via social media, with Facebook favored by three out of four. More health care professionals also are using mobile job alerts and nearly half use social media for professional networking. The trend suggests hospitals should consider social recruiting for doctors, nurses, allied health professionals and pharmacists.