I am considering talking to the dean at my nursing school
about starting a peer mentoring program. The reason is that I am in my second semester of a ADN program that has had numerous problems among the students causing bad attitudes and low moral that seems to stem from fear and listening to rumors. The biggest problem is that from listening to those starting the program in the fall and those ahead of me in the program this seems to be a viscious cyle that every group is experiencing.
I would like to start a program where the newbies can hear from someone ahead of them what to expect, what is truth and what is rumor, and what would be expected of them. I think it would be helpful because everyone knows that students never listen to faculty advice.
My questions are the these.
Do you have a program like this at your school?
If So, does it help?
If not, Do you think you (as a newbie or someone who has already been through the program) would benefit and participate? (It wouldn't be anything time consuming, of course.)
Any input would be great!