Title

Peer mentoring: Untapped potential

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2010

Publication Title

Journal of Nursing Education

Volume

49

Issue

6

First Page

340

Last Page

342

DOI

10.3928/01484834-20100217-04

Keywords

adaptive behavior, article, Attitude of Health Personnel, Canada, clinical competence, education, Education, Nursing, Baccalaureate, evaluation, evaluation study, Feedback, Psychological, health care quality, health personnel attitude, human, Humans, Mentors, nurse attitude, Nurse's Role, nursing education, Nursing Education Research, nursing student, Ontario, organization, Organizational Objectives, organization and management, peer group, program evaluation, psychological aspect, psychology, questionnaire, Questionnaires, social support, Students, Nursing, teacher

Abstract

Peer mentoring is a potential solution to the many challenges that nursing education is faced with today, including increasing class sizes, rising competency requirements, decreasing number of faculty, tightening budgets, and shrinking clinical placement opportunities. This article describes a successful peer mentoring program in the nursing clinical learning center at a southern Ontario university. The benefits to mentors, students, and the educational institution are discussed. In their role, peer mentors develop an increase in confidence with skills as well as with leadership and teaching abilities. Peer mentors provide a student-centered service that results in frequent positive feedback from students in all levels of the nursing program. A suggestion for the future potential of this role also is offered to expand undergraduate nursing students' exposure to peer mentoring. © SLACK Incorporated.