In a recent article in US News and World Report,11 Marci McDonald identified a mentor gap for young women in business. McDonald sites 2 key points about today’s 20-something workers; the female worker of today comes with a very different set of expectations and anxieties but also feels that mentors are deaf to her concerns about work-life balance. McDonald goes on to say that young people today do not like what life looks like at the top and that current women mentors lack the key basic communication skill of listening.

Although the article was written about women in business, some of the same things could be said about mentoring in nursing. How many of the more seasoned nurses are resentful of younger nurses who come breezing into the unit with exceptional confidence and little of the fear...

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