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Wednesday, June 18 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
PSD.36 – “Thinking on Your Feet, Not in Your Seat” Peer Mentoring in an Experiential Learning Environment – So Much More Learning Than We Imagined

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Peer mentoring in higher education is an excellent learning opportunity for mentors and mentees.  In the literature, the common meaning of a peer mentor refers to a more experienced individual who assists a less experienced individual.  In the context of nursing education, a peer mentor is a third or fourth year nursing student, who offers assistance and support to other nursing students with theory and/or skills.  Research conducted using peer mentors to enhance nursing skills in health assessment showed significant benefit.  Could this same benefit be seen in an experiential learning environment where students and mentors are expected to think on their feet, not in their seats? 

This session will introduce a peer mentorship model used in an experiential learning setting. In this model, fourth year nursing students mentor first and second year nursing students in real-time evolving simulated scenarios. Simulation is a pedagogy which is used to promote, improve, and/or validate a participant’s progression from novice to expert. When working with students and mentors, this learning and progression not only occurs for the students in the scenario but also for the peer mentors. Benefits for the learner, peer mentor, faculty and nursing profession will be highlighted. Characteristics of the peer mentoring process such as shared learning, shared caring, reciprocity, commitment to each other's personal and professional growth are discussed.  Challenges to implementing this mentorship approach including training, leveling and learning curves will also be discussed in relation to learning in the simulated setting.

Wednesday June 18, 2014 11:00am - 12:30pm EDT
A239 McArthur Hall

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