“Coaching and Peer‐Assisted Learning” (C‐PAL) ‐ The mental health nursing student experience: A qualitative evaluation

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Wareing et al (2018) present findings from their study which evaluated mental health nursing students’ experience of a team mentoring model called Coaching and Peer Assisted Learning (C-PAL).


The study led by a registered nurse teacher highlighted that there were no published research studies into the effectiveness of team mentorship utilised by nursing students within in-patient mental health settings. The study tentatively suggested that team mentorship models such as C-PAL may be suitable for acute in-patient mental health settings. The success of C-PAL depends upon the preparation of nursing staff, mentors, coaches and students in relation to role expectations, shift rostering and the implementation of ‘huddling’ to promote opportunistic learning.