of a Peer Mentoring Program in an Associate Degree Nursing Program
C. Hopkins, MSN, RN, CNE
is a high rate of attrition in nursing programs, especially in the first
retention of nursing students is one strategy to alleviate an estimated 20%
shortage of working nurses by 2020 (Stickney, 2005). Peer mentoring is one
documented strategy to reduce attrition in nursing programs, increase
retention to graduation, and increase student satisfaction.
purpose of the newly developed Western Technical College (WTC) Student
Ambassador Program (SAP)is to identify strategies to increase understanding
of the rigors of the nursing program, increase retention to graduation, and
promote student satisfaction.
review of the relevant literature from 2003-2013 was conducted using the
electronic databases CINAHL and ProQuest. Using Survey Gold, mentees were
surveyed after their first semester in the WTC nursing program to determine
their level of satisfaction with the peer mentorship program (SAP). Success
rates for first semester students in Pharmacology were compared, before and
after implementation of the Student Ambassador Program.
the newly admitted students to the WTC nursing program, 76.1% of respondents
indicated that they found the SAP to be beneficial to their success and
satisfaction in their first semester in the program. Comparison success rates
for first semester Pharmacology were 68.6% prior to implementation of the SAP
and 87.2% after one semester of the SAP at Western Technical College.
mentoring of newly admitted nursing students may increase student success in
"killer courses" and increase student satisfaction with the nursing
program. Future research is needed to determine students' retention to
graduation and continued perceived satisfaction.