Development of clinical skills: The contribution of peer learning
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Development of clinical skills: The contribution of peer learning

Ian Stables Lecturer practitioner in learning disabilities, Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh

Ian Stables describes a pilot project in which third-year learning disability nursing students taught vital skills to their first-year colleagues

The closure of residential homes for service users over recent decades has reduced opportunities for learning disability nursing students to practise their clinical skills while on placement. As a result, simulated teaching methods have been adopted increasingly in undergraduate nursing programmes. This article describes a model for teaching clinical skills on an undergraduate nursing programme piloted at Edinburgh Napier University in which third-year students were prepared and supported to teach first-year students a range of clinical skills. The pilot not only helps first-year students acquire these skills, it allows third-year students to consolidate their teaching skills.

Learning Disability Practice. 15, 8,12-17. doi: 10.7748/ldp2012.


Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

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