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AAACN 45th Annual Conference 2022 Posters

P059 - Preceptor Training: Setting the Ambulatory Care Nurse Up for Success


Apr 22, 2022 3:00pm ‐ Apr 22, 2022 3:00pm


Description

Purpose: Develop, implement, and evaluate an asynchronous web-based preceptor training that reinforces the scientific and ethical principles of nursing while further supporting the evolving role of the registered nurse in ambulatory care.

Description of project: As the demand for ambulatory care clinical sites increases in collegiate nursing programs, so does the need for accomplished nurse preceptors. Many nurses are clinical experts; however, they are novice educators and often struggle to effectively precept students during clinical rotations. Nurse preceptors working in ambulatory care settings are at an even more significant disadvantage when drawing upon personal experiences as preceptors because fewer clinical rotations are conducted in these settings as compared to acute care environments. Therefore, a needs assessment was completed, demonstrating the need for supplemental training to close the knowledge gap and improve the nurse’s experience as a preceptor.

Evidence has shown that a preceptorship model can strengthen the professional relationship between nurses and nursing students and enhance the student’s critical thinking and clinical judgment capabilities. In addition, using evidence-based teaching and learning methods supports the efficacy and objectives of the training.

An in-person preceptor training was created, implemented, and evaluated before the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the pandemic forced an end to in-person activities, and as a result, developing a web-based option became necessary. Considering a variety of training formats, our team selected one that would allow for an independent, self-paced, and engaging experience. Key topics included the history of preceptorship; adult learning theory; understanding the student nurse (diversity, learning styles, and challenges); preceptor benefits, traits, and strategies for success; and use of an evidence-based teaching method.

Desired outcomes: To determine the effectiveness of preceptor training, all participants will complete a post-training evaluation in order to determine if course objectives were met. Participants will also report their level of understanding and confidence performing in the role of a preceptor, their confidence in using the one-minute preceptor teaching method, and their satisfaction with the content and format of training.

Speaker(s):

  • Heather Hunt, DNP, RN, RNPC Grant Coordinator and Liaison, Davenport University

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