Fostering collaborative learning and leadership through near-peer mentorship among undergraduate nursing students

Elizabeth Flott, Sarah Ball, Jacquie Hanks, Margo Minnich, Amanda Kirkpatrick, Lori Rusch, Dana Koziol, Ann Laughlin, Jacqueline Williams

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Abstract

Background: Innovative teaching strategies in nursing education are essential with increasing enrollment. Collaborative learning and leadership (CLL) activities encourage near-peer learning through mentorship between senior-level and novice students while supporting teaching ratios in lab and clinical. In this study, senior nursing students' perceptions and performance during CLL activities were explored. Methods: Final-semester senior students participated in CLL activities and were evaluated on their leadership and engagement. Grading rubric results were summarized using descriptive statistics. Thematic analysis of students' post-CLL reflections supported common themes. Results: Students' average scores (97.53%) confirm students were prepared and engaged in CLL activities. Senior students enjoyed “building confidence” through these activities, with a consistent theme of “becoming a leader,” noted in reflections. Conclusion: Near-peer learning activities assisted senior students in development of leadership and communication skills, preparing them for nursing practice. Recommendations include developing instructions for varied CLL activities and exploring faculty perspectives regarding this experience.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)750-755
Number of pages6
JournalNursing Forum
Volume57
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nursing(all)

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