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Peer Mentoring as a Strategy to Improve Paramedic Students' Clinical Skills

Best, Gillian and Hajzler, Darko and Ivanov, Tina and Limon, Jodie (2008) Peer Mentoring as a Strategy to Improve Paramedic Students' Clinical Skills. Australasian Journal of Peer Learning, 1 (1). pp. 13-25. ISSN 1835-856X

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Abstract

The development of clinical skills and judgment is a key area of learning for undergraduate paramedic students but they typically find translating theory to practice a daunting prospect not least because they practice their developing clinical skills in front of others. This paper documents the rationale and outcomes of a peer mentoring program in which selected third year paramedic students took on the role of mentors within a second year clinical practice subject. The second year students reported that the program had resulted in positive changes, including an improvement in their clinical skills. Mentors reported benefits such as forming effective relationships with their mentees, enhanced positive relationship with the staff and support from their fellow mentors. Comments from staff and future directions are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID15001, undergraduate paramedic students, developing clinical skills, peer mentoring program
Subjects: Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > VU College
FOR Classification > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education
SEO Classification > 9301 Learner and Learning
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Biomedical and Health Sciences
FOR Classification > 1399 Other Education
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Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2011 03:41
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2011 00:08
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/3520
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