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Nurse Educ Today. 2006 Feb;26(2):123-30. Epub 2005 Oct 3.

Peer learning partnership: an innovative strategy to enhance skill acquisition in nursing students.

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School of Nursing Family and Community Health, University of Western Sydney, Hawkesbury Campus, Penrith, South DC, NSW, Australia.


The development of clinical skills for nursing students is a critical component of any undergraduate nursing program. Providing sufficient quality experience for students to develop competence has been recognised as a problem in skill acquisition. At the same time, peer learning has been identified as a valuable strategy for teaching and learning. Nurse academics at a Sydney university recognized these facts and implemented a peer learning strategy into existing first and third year nursing therapeutics units of study. This innovative approach linked the Australian Nursing Council Inc (ANCI) standards of practice to skills acquisition, resulting in third year students increasing their understanding of the relevance of these competency standards to practice. The peer learning strategy involved partnering first and third year students for clinical skills practice sessions. Evaluation of the peer learning approach indicated students valued the experience.

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