Department of Nursing
Nursing Student Success Services and Resources

Nursing Neighborhood

Nursing Student Resource Center (NSRC – 5S-119)
Nursing Student Test Prep Center (NSTPC – 5S-121)

The “Nursing Neighborhood” encompasses the Nursing Student Resource Center (NSRC) and the Nursing Student Test Prep Center (NSTPC). Located in the School of Health Sciences, Marcus Hall – the NSRC – 5S-119 and NSTPC – 5S-121, the “Neighborhood” creates a niche for nursing students and promotes professional socialization, satisfaction, positive academic outcomes, persistence, and stress reduction. It is a place where students can maximize their success through participation in study group sessions led by Peer Mentor Tutors. Everyone is part of the “neighborhood” and everyone contributes to and gains from positive interaction within the “neighborhood.”

Peer Mentor Tutors (PMT) FAQs

What are PMTs responsibilities?

PMT responsibilities include assistance with orientation sessions, tutoring for nursing courses in individual and/or small group sessions, mentoring, referral to test taking preparation resources, technical assistance with the use of test-taking preparation resources (e.g. computer, software programs, reference books) and peer support.

Who can become a PMT?

Nursing Students in good academic standing, with above average grades in prenursing and nursing courses and in clinical evaluations and who have completed at least one semester of nursing (NRS 110) and are currently enrolled in the second semester of nursing (NRS 120) may act as Peer Mentor Tutors (PMTs) (*for NRS 110 students only). Current enrollment in upper level associate degree nursing courses, or in baccalaureate, or master’s program who possess excellent communications skills, as well as above average grades may serve as PMTs for all courses they have completed.

How are PMTs selected and prepared?

PMTs are carefully selected from among many applicants and are paid for their work. PMTs receive initial orientation and ongoing collaboration with the Nursing Neighborhood Coordinator.

How many hours do PMTs work?

PMTs may be assigned as few hours as 2 per week or depending on PMS requests, schedules and funding.

How can I find a PMT to assist me in my nursing course?

Stop by the NSRC – 5S-119 or NSTPC – 5S-121, during open hours, check out the resources on the bulletin board (outside 5S – 119), ask a nursing faculty advisor or contact the coordinator, Professor Barbara Schiano.

NRS. 110 Student Success Coaching, Program FAQs

What is a success coach?

A success coach assists assigned students in developing, implementing, and evaluating a strategic plan to achieve short and long term educational goals.

Who are success coaches?

Success coaches are select nursing faculty who integrate American Nurses Association (ANA) coaching competencies and evidence-based theory and best practices for student retention in order to optimize nursing student outcomes and success. Success coaches are prepared to coach student nurses. They have earned continuing nursing education credits by completing the nursing education module of “Coaching in Nursing” endorsed by Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and the International Council of Nurses. Nursing faculty have actively participated in a faculty development workshop.

Who needs success coaching?

The literature indicates that all students can benefit from proactive and ongoing nursing support strategies, especially prior to and during the first semester. A success coach uses a holistic approach when working with students.

How can I get a success coach?

You will be assigned a nurse faculty success coach in NRS. 110 during the first week of classes.

For more information, call or e-mail:

Dr. Karen Arca-Contreras
Success Coach Coordinator
718-982-3799
Karen.arcacontreras@csi.cuny.edu