N490 PROFESSIONAL PRACTICUM
The preceptor agrees to assume the following responsibilities for the duration of the course, Professional Practicum:
- Assist the learner (preceptee) in recognizing and enhancing strengths in clinical competence, knowledge base, and organizational skills.
- Assist the learner in recognizing areas that need improvement and help discover ways to overcome these. Assist the learner to meet objectives of the course.
- Provide the opportunity and information to the learner that allows that person to function in a professional manner. (Examples would include rules and regulations of the organization, agency, or unit; lines of communication and authority; standards of nursing practice)
- Serve as a role model to foster professional behaviors.
- Facilitate requests of the learner for special experiences, classes, etc., that increase their performance/knowledge.
- Offer ongoing feedback and evaluation to preceptee and faculty member regarding changes in performance.
- Encourage the student to suggest methods of improving patient care in a variety of ways (e.g., patient/family teaching, need for referral, clinical practice objectives, and recognition of hazards to patient safety).
- Support the learner's attempts to identify potential areas of change and assist in implementing change as necessary, desirable, and feasible.
- Participate in regular conferences with the student and faculty member in order to provide feedback regarding learner's performance.
The responsibilities of the learner (preceptee) shall be as follows:
- Be knowledgeable of the policies and objectives of the agencies and/or areas where assigned.
- Identify early and on an ongoing basis one's own learning needs and work independently, with the preceptor, and with the clinical instructor to meet these needs.
- Conduct self at all times consistent with established codes of conduct of the profession.
- Be knowledgeable of the lines of authority within the agency, use these established channels, and constructively analyze organizational structure and function.
- Be knowledgeable of the course objectives and strive to meet the clinical practice objectives with the aid of the preceptor and instructor.
- Communicate to the instructor on a regular basis one's own progress in the experience, discussion of specific cases, and additional student learning needs.
Faculty responsibilities: Over-all responsibility for student learning in the clinical portion of the course resides with the faculty. Toward this end, the faculty will:
- Communicate the objectives of the course to the preceptor and learner.
- Assess and communicate the over-all learning needs of the student to the preceptor.
- Recommend types of experiences students may need in order to achieve the objectives of the course.
- Conduct clinical conferences on a regular basis with the group of students.
- Schedule periodic planning and evaluation conferences with preceptor and learner.
- Coordinate, facilitate, and evaluate the preceptor and preceptee experience.
- Act as a consultant to the preceptor and learner.