Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

First Advisor

Melvin Welch

Second Advisor

Dena K. Reddick

Third Advisor

Houston Thompson

Scholarship Domain(s)

Scholarship of Discovery


The purpose of this study was to examine nurse mentoring, succession planning, and perceived professional responsibility as a means of sustaining intellectual capital in a community hospital. Nurses completed the Alleman Mentoring Activities Questionnaire and the Nursing Intellectual Capital Inventory, and they participated in focus groups. This study has created opportunity for dialogue around mentoring and succession planning activities. Findings from this study were restricted to the state of mentoring at the time of the study as perceived by those who returned surveys or participated in focus groups. Further research is needed to gain a better understanding of the needs and expectations for mentoring activities within the organization and for nurses in general as a means to support succession planning.


Ed.D. dissertation completed in 2010 for Olivet Nazarene University.