—In some countries there is a growing concern about
the shortage of nurses and the students dropping out. Research
evidences show the importance of clinical education and
mentorship in shaping nurses' identity and promote retention.
The purpose of this exploratory study is to compare the
mentorship system in two different organizations. Participants
were 261 students, 126 from Porto and 135 from Izmir. To
gather data a questionnaire was used (CLASI-M). Findings of
this study suggest that although nursing students appear to be
satisfied with their clinical learning, they have notorious
difficulties to understand the meaning of complex care and
factors which give rise to complexity. At the end of the study,
some specific hypotheses were indicated to be tested in future
research. Suggestions are made for improving the quality of the
mentorship systems in nursing education.
—Clinical learning, complex care, mentorship,
Wilson Correia de Abreu is with the Porto School of Nursing, Porto,
Portugal. Rua Dr. António Bernardino de Almeida, 4200-072, Porto (e-mail:
Seyda Seren Intepeler is with the Dokuz Eylul University (Nursing
Faculty), Izmir, Turke -Mithatpasa Caddesi, 35340 Inciralti, Izmir–Turkey
Cite: Wilson Correia de Abreu and Seyda Seren Interpeler, "Effective Mentorship to Improve Clinical Decision Making and a Positive Identity: A Comparative Study in Turkey and Portugal," International Journal of Information and Education Technology vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 42-46, 2015.