Title

Public health nurse mentorship of pregnant and parenting adolescents

Document Type

Article

Abstract

Objective: This study explored the experience of the mentoring relationship for public health nurses (PHNs) and teen parents. Design and Sample: PHNs and teen parents who participated in the Parenting and Teen Program provided qualitative data about mentorship provided by PHNs. Measures: The participants were asked open-ended questions that addressed interactions; meaning of success for the teen; and support, information given, and decisions made in the context of the mentoring relationship. Results: Data analysis of the PHN (n = 7) data revealed eight mentorship themes: (1) being nonjudgmental, (2) working with strengths, (3) meeting the teens where they were, (4) sticking with the teen, (5) honoring persons, (6) giving information, (7) making referrals, and (8) facilitating decisions. Analysis of the teen data (n = 11) resulted in four mentorship themes: (1) trustworthiness of the PHN, (2) the PHN as part of their support network, (3) independence building, and (4) help with decision making. Conclusions: Parenting teens viewed PHNs as contributing to their success in managing their lives and becoming successful parents. They viewed PHNs as trustworthy, supportive, encouraging their independence, and facilitating positive decision making. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

Department(s)

Nursing

Publication Title

Public Health Nursing

Volume

31

Issue

5

First Page

428

Last Page

437

Publication Date

1-1-2014

DOI

10.1111/phn.12109

ISSN

07371209

E-ISSN

15251446

PubMed ID

24517123

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