First year undergraduate nursing students and nursing mentors: an evaluation of their experience of specialist areas as their hub practice learning environment

Jacqueline McCallum*, David Lamont, Emma-Louise Kerr

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Specialist environments have traditionally not been considered as practice learning environments for year one nursing students. Through implementation of the hub and spoke model of practice learning this was implemented across one health board and Higher Education Institution in Scotland. Sixty nine students from specialist and 147 from general areas out of a total population of 467 students (46.2%) and thirteen mentors from specialist and 26 from general areas out of a total 577 mentors (6.7%) completed a questionnaire. The findings support this initiative and suggest in some cases student experiences are more positive in specialist environments.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)182-187
Number of pages6
JournalNurse Education in Practice
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jun 2015



  • hub and spoke
  • practice learning
  • mentorship
  • specialist environments

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