Ari Neocleous

102 – “There’s more than one way to skin a cat.” Peer mentoring: Promoting safety in nursing.

This presentation will describe how peer mentoring promotes safe nursing practice and enhances transition to registered nurse practice. Peer mentoring and how it aids transition and promotes safety will be explained.

As part of a Master’s thesis, a qualitative research study, utilising focus groups, was undertaken in 2016 to explore the impact of peer mentoring on the final year Bachelor of Nursing students’ transition to nursing workforce. A total of seven new graduate registered nurses who had been in a peer mentoring programme participated in the study. One of the findings of the study was that peer mentoring promotes safety in nursing practice, particularly in the transition to the nursing workforce.

Peer mentoring enhances communication skills, increases quality of patient safety and promotes accountability, enabling recognition of the consequences of one’s own action in relation to safe nursing practice. Peer mentoring further increases the awareness of safety in relation to protecting nursing registration and preparing students for transition to nursing practice. Peer mentoring opportunities in undergraduate nursing education enhances learning for peer mentors and peer mentees.

Peer mentoring increases student engagement as well as impacting on transition to nursing practice.

Key words: Peer mentoring; peer mentor; transition to practice; safety; nursing education