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Peer-to-peer mentoring by nursing students

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Cornish nursing students studying for a DipHE at the University of Plymouth have developed a peer mentoring scheme that has been awarded innovation project funding form the university?s Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), to further develop web-based e-mentoring as a joint venture with social work students.

Further support has been offered by the Brightside Trust, an established charity organisation that provides school pupils interested in a future in healthcarewith an online e-mentoring website linking them with an undergraduate mentor.

First and second year DipHE students can access student mentors from the year above at any time via the website. It is hoped this will be particularly beneficial when students are in placement settings where they may feel isolated and distanced from their peers.

The potential benefits are removal of barriers such as location, time restriants, placement commitments of both mentors and those who are mentored.

So far the mentors have developed systems of networking and collegiate support between each other.

In addition offers online accredited mentor training to enable the development of desirable mentoring qualities to take forward into their professional careers.

The project is now underway and will be evaluated next year. If sucessful it is envisaged that e-mentoring could be adopted by any pre-registration nursing programme or practice-based undergraduate programme in any faculty within any university where peer mentoring may be of benefit.

Adéle Kane
Project academic link for nursing and lecturer (adult nursing)
Faculty of Health and Social Work
University of Plymouth
Knowledge Spa
Truro, Cornwall

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