Near Peer Teaching

Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Emergency Health student Benjamin Jenkins, along with academic James Bonnamy, introduce Near Peer Teaching into the Monash Nursing and Midwifery.

The program invites third and fourth year nursing students to volunteer to participate in facilitating the first year Clinical Learning Environment (CLE) sessions with the support of an academic staff member. The program aims to help equip students with the knowledge and skills required to support learners in clinical practice including students, peers, patients and their families.

Ben clearly remembers what it was like as a first year student, “Walking into a CLE session with a large cohort of other students, performing new skills, sometimes not knowing if we were doing it correctly.”

“implementing a new program is always a challenge, 
but this is an  exciting program that I feel strongly about. 
A program that can really  make a difference to all involved.”

Having near-peer teachers and an experienced academic facilitating the CLE sessions ensures that first year students not only have an additional pair of eyes to help guide and support, but it also provides an opportunity for the ‘hidden’ curriculum. The third and fourth year students offer a perspective of what it is really like on clinical placement and they offer near- peer support to new students.  

Ben highlights that “implementing a new program is always a challenge, but this is an exciting program that I feel strongly about. A program that can really make a difference to all involved.”

“I feel strongly supported by James” says Ben,  “and with my experience of being a Near Peer Teaching for the Department of Emergency Health, along with my experiences of participating in the Vice Chancellor’s Ancora Imparo Student Leadership Program, and the National Student Leadership Forum, I feel I am ready and up for the challenge.” Ben’s vision for this program is to offer near-peer teaching in all first year nursing CLE sessions.

BENJAMIN JENKINS
Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Emergency Health Student

JAMES BONNAMY
Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery