Reflective peer journals: developing authentic nurses


Brenda Leigh Cameron, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Nursing, 3rd Floor Clinical Sciences Building, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2G3, Canada.


Nursing education courses often require students to write about their learning experiences in a Journal or a log book. Students write the Journal/log and submit it to the instructor. The instructor reads, comments, and may or may not grade it. This paper is a reflection on the use and misuse of journals in nursing education from the viewpoints of students and instructors. Related literature is integrated into a dialogue with concepts that relate to nursing education. A theoretical framework, a format and guidelines for peer journals are presented, along with the rationale for having students keep peer journals rather than student/instructor logs.