Nursing and Midwifery Peer Mentoring

We want every student to feel welcome and supported at Monash right from the start. That’s why we’re matching every first-year student with a peer mentor from Nursing and Midwifery to ease their transition to university life and help them build friendships.

Mentoring will take place across the semester with four main sessions:

  1. Welcome and connect
  2. You and our University
  3. You and your study success
  4. You and your assessments

Beyond this, mentors will check in and offer support at various times. Throughout the program, there will be social events and professional development opportunities for both mentors and mentees to attend.

Become a peer mentor and help guide new students from your faculty as they transition to university and settle into Monash.

As a mentor, you’ll share your knowledge and answer questions about adjusting to life at Monash, while gaining important employability skills and opportunities to participate in career development events. You’ll also be able to network with other like-minded student leaders in the program and make a positive impact on others.

If you’re in your final year, you’ll also benefit from the opportunity to receive an alumni mentor as part of the Alumni to Student mentoring program (subject to mentor availability for your needs). This means that with one application, you could be in two programs!

We’re seeking mentors who:

  • Have a desire to help new students get started and succeed at Monash;
  • Are willing to talk about their own university experience;
  • Display strong interpersonal and communication skills; and
  • Have the ability to work with a variety of people from different backgrounds.

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be enrolled as a student for Semester two, 2020 (part-time or full-time study load)
  • Be in your second year of study or above
  • Have a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 65 or above
  • Be able to commit to supporting up to 10 commencing students through personal interactions
  • Be able to commit at least 20 hours volunteering throughout the program

To apply:

  • Submit a written application by 29 June through the application button
  • Complete a video application between 10-15 July

Once successful, you’ll need to:

  • Complete online training by 20 July
  • Be available for mentor training on 27 July

Position description

Nursing and Midwifery Peer Mentor (pdf, 0.2 mb)

As a new student, you’ll be allocated a peer mentor who will support you in your first year.

Your mentor will be an experienced student from your faculty who can share knowledge and answer your questions about university life. They can show you where to find programs, resources and services at Monash, so you can have an enjoyable and successful first year.

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be a first-year undergraduate student

Once the semester starts, your peer mentor will be in touch.

The Executive Committee are ultimately responsible for the Peer Support Programs. The Executive Committee will be supported by nominated academics who provide the connection between the committee and the university, delivering resources and expert guidance as required. Academic support will also provide direction on questions or issues that cannot be resolved within the Executive Committee.

You can apply for executive committee roles through the mentor application portal.

President:

The President ensures the smooth running of the Peer Support Programs, chairing committee meetings and identifying whether the programs are meeting aims and objectives. The President acts as the official spokesperson for the committee and sometimes the Peer Support Programs.

Role:

  • Organise committee and meetings
  • Act as chairperson or appoints one
  • Review minutes
  • Regularly update Academic support
  • Liaise with mentors and, where appropriate, mentees
  • Contact committee members and mentors for updates on goals
  • Provide support to mentors

Vice President:

The Vice President has the task of supporting the President in their tasks and performs the duties of President when the President is absent.

Role:

  • Attend committee and mentor meetings
  • Be a spokesperson of the program in the student community
  • Assist the President
  • In the absence of the President, take on their role and be responsible for chairing committee meetings
  • Review the minutes with the President and Secretary before circulation to other committee members
  • Promote and encourage communication between committee members, mentors and mentees
  • Coordinate rostering of each program service delivery in consultation with Peer Mentors and Near Peer Teachers

Secretary:

The Secretary records and circulates accurate minutes of Executive Committee and group meetings and deals with correspondence relating to the executive committee.

Role:

  • Attend committee and mentor meetings
  • Request agenda items
  • Notify mentors of meeting dates
  • Record accurate minutes of the meetings, reviewing minutes with President and Vice President and distributing them to mentors
  • Develop and maintain mentor contact details
  • Clarify any uncertainties to ensure all minutes are accurate
  • Keep a folder of minutes of meetings
  • Identify relevant committee members that need to respond to individual items raised in correspondence

Communications and Marketing Director:

The Communications and Marketing role implements actions relating to the advertising and social media promotion of the mentoring program. This role can either work individually or through a sub-committee to ensure effective and ongoing communications and marketing.

Role:

  • Attend Executive Committee meetings
  • Post advertising material to social media page(s)/Moodle site
  • Act as editor on social media and liaise with Amanda Rowe (School of Nursing & Midwifery) re: Facebook, Instagram, Building E TV screens
  • Write and source content for media (Moodle, Facebook, Instagram etc)
  • Identify effective social media strategies
  • Set target for student engagement
  • Write and source content for PowerPoint presentation, posters, flyers
  • Print posters/flyers in association with Academic Leaders
  • Identify suitable advertising strategies

Near Peer Teaching (NPT) Coordinator:

The Near Peer Teaching Coordinator represents Peer Mentors involved in supporting First Year students in CLE sessions on the Executive Committee. The NPT Coordinator liaises between academic leads, CLE academic staff and the Peer Mentors in Near Peer Teaching roles. The NPT Coordinator is in charge of recruitment, rostering, as well as be the first port-of-call for NPT mentors.

"This academic year has been successful not only because of the effort put in by myself and my lecturers but also because of our very own amazing peer mentors, guiding and helping us whenever we needed them. Peer mentoring by our seniors has been very effective as they make a positive impact in us making our course a successful one. I am glad to have been peer mentored by the team this year."

- Patricia Hassim, first-year mentee

"Being able to have a near peer teacher and information sessions allowed me to gain valuable information from students just like us who have just done it all before. Then, being able to give back  and be a teacher myself allowed me to re-learn skills and stand out during graduate interviews with future employers."

- Amy Guest, third-year mentor

"As a participant, I found the program beneficial in many ways. One of the best things about this week was the availability of peer mentors - I connected with one of these and she became my ‘mentor/friend’ throughout the course, offering advice and support on many issues that have arisen during the course. Starting a bachelor’s degree at second year level was quite overwhelming, without having had the opportunity to undertake this program I am sure I would have floundered during those important early weeks.

I was also fortunate during my third year to be involved in the program as a peer mentor. Giving back was a real privilege, it reinforced the value of the program for me and it was wonderful to be able to assist newer students to overcome the same obstacles and fears that I had faced. I know that I had a positive impact on the students as they were very appreciative and have continued to approach me with concerns over the course of the year."

- Katie Dawson, third-year mentor

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Important Dates

Mentor applications open Monday 1 June
Mentor applications close Monday 29 June
Mentee invitations July 2020
Program commences Monday 3 August

Program Contact

Mentoring at Monash
E: mentoring@monash.edu

Nursing and Midwifery Peer Mentoring

Length: 6 months

Program type: Peer to Peer

Location: Clayton; Peninsula

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