Strengthening a peer mentorship program for accelerated nursing students

Development of a quality improvement pilot project


  • Alexander Skipper McMaster University
  • Krizalyn Jacinto McMaster University
  • Salwa Siddiqui McMaster University
  • Maria Pratt McMaster University
  • Stephen Gandza McMaster School of Nursing



Peer Mentorship, Accelerated Nursing, Education, Quality Improvement


In nursing education, peer mentorship programs aim to develop students’ clinical skills, encourage socialization within the program, and improve academic outcomes. This quality improvement project used the Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycle to improve an existing student mentorship program within an accelerated nursing program in Ontario. Through a needs assessment, two areas for improvement were identified: (a) increased focus on accelerated students’ social and academic needs and (b) evaluation of the mentor-mentee interface. As the first round of changes was implemented, qualitative feedback was obtained to facilitate future improvements. Findings from this project included identifying the benefits of adopting students as partners in quality improvement and generating successful improvement strategies that cater towards peer mentorship programs for accelerated undergraduate nursing students.


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Author Biographies

Krizalyn Jacinto, McMaster University

BScN program alunmus

Salwa Siddiqui, McMaster University

BScN program alumnus

Maria Pratt, McMaster University

McMaster University, Faculty of Health Sciences: School of Nursing. Assistant Professor, BScN Academic Resources Lead

Stephen Gandza, McMaster School of Nursing

McMaster University, Faculty of Health Sciences: School of Nursing. Assistant Professor, Accelerated Program Lead. 


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How to Cite

Skipper, A., Jacinto, K., Siddiqui, S., Pratt, M., & Gandza, S. . (2024). Strengthening a peer mentorship program for accelerated nursing students: Development of a quality improvement pilot project. International Journal for Students as Partners, 8(1), 233–244.



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