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Benefits of Peer Mentoring in Prelicensure Nursing Education

A Dual Perspective

Miller, Hailey, BSN, RN; Bosselait, Lauren, MEd; Venturato, Linda, RN; Irion, Kendall, RN; Schmidt, Nicole, RN; DiGeronimo, Jaclyn, RN; Pritchard, Tracy, PhD

doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000573
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Background College retention rates continue to be a national issue in the United States. Solutions to decrease attrition have not been adequately tested in the nursing student population.

Purpose The purpose of this study was to investigate the benefits of a peer-mentoring program in a baccalaureate nursing program from the perspectives of both the mentor and mentee.

Methods Electronic surveys were used to evaluate the impact of a peer-mentoring program.

Results Responses showed the peer-mentoring program to be beneficial academically, personally, and professionally. A large majority (89%-96%) of mentees agreed or strongly agreed with the positive effects of the peer-mentoring program, whereas all of the mentors agreed or strongly agreed with the positive effects.

Conclusions Peer mentoring was found to be advantageous for both the mentees and mentors.

Author Affiliations: Student (Ms Miller), Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, Baltimore, Maryland; and Former Student (Ms Miller), Associate Director, First Year Experience and Learning Communities (Ms Bosselait), and Former Students (Mss Venturato, Irion, Schmidt, and DiGeronimo) and Assistant Professor (Dr Pritchard), College of Nursing, University of Cincinnati, Ohio.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Ms Miller, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, 525 N Wolfe St, Baltimore, MD 21205 (hmille45@jhmi.edu).

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Accepted for publication: June 1, 2018

Published ahead of print: July 30, 2018

Cite this article as: Miller H, Bosselait L, Venturato L, et al. Benefits of peer mentoring in prelicensure nursing education: a dual perspective. Nurse Educ. 2019;44(3):159-163. doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000573

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