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Improving Preceptor Education for NPPAs Through Point of Care Online Training

Nursing Research on the Green

2017 Abstract

Jolene Carlson, MSN, DNP Student; Bonnie Nesbitt, DNP; and Claudia Swanton, DNP – Viterbo University

  • Background:  NP and PA programs are growing nationwide.  Clinical preceptors are in high demand.  Current health system of reference is lacking preceptors to precept NPPA students.  Preceptors are vital in education process for NPPAs.  No formal training has been established at health system of reference.
  • Significance:  Need to address barriers to taking students specifically lack of training of preceptors to increase the number of students a clinical residency program can take.
  • Purpose/objective:  The clinical question is: in medical providers does the use of an online preceptor-training program improve motivation to take a student, increase sense of self-efticacy in the ability to be a good preceptor, and expand awareness of resources available.  This is a quality improvement project.
  • Methods/project:  This was a quality improvement project utilizing the Rosswurm and Larrabee Model to address the growing need for preceptor education by creating online education module.The module was created using evidence based research.  A pre and post-survey was created to analyze if online training module met proposed objectives listed above.
  • Results:  22 post surveys were completed.  A general increase in mean was found on all survey questions.  The overall feedback was positive. The quality improvement project was successful, useful, and helpful.  It demonstrated clinical significance, but not statistical due to limitation of survey and not being able to link pre and post responses to individual respondent to measure change in responses.  
  • Clinical implications:  The module provides medical providers with knowledge needed to precept student and increases self-efficacy, which will increases the likelihood of taking students in the future.  The module will be updated and adopted system wide.  In future studies data collection method will need to be able to link individual pre and post survey to measure individual change in responses.  

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