Preceptor study day helps nurse learning

1 May 2017

Preceptor study day helps nurse learning

A group of Northland-based Registered Nurses took part in a special study day at NorthTec.

The study day was aimed at non-DHB nurses who act as “preceptors” or training supervisors to nursing students during their clinical placements.

Preceptors are experienced clinical staff who assist student nurses with their learning when they are having practical clinical experiences. Northland District Health Board (NDHB) offers its own training for preceptors, but until now there has only been a short online course offered by NorthTec.

The day focused on providing the best learning experience for student nurses, preparing them for life in the health workforce after graduation.

Subjects covered included the roles and responsibilities of all members of the preceptoring team in an organisation, adult learning and teaching styles, and assessing the clinical competence of student nurses.

The nurses came from a variety of community-based organisations throughout Northland, from Whangarei to the Far North.
As part of their three-year Bachelor of Nursing studies, students must complete a minimum of 1,100 hours of clinical practice at a variety of healthcare settings, from hospitals to GP clinics and aged care homes.

Organiser Victoria Munro, a NorthTec nursing tutor, said the day had provided a valuable opportunity for experienced Registered Nurses to discuss and consider the role of preceptor, with a view to maximising the benefits of clinical placements for students. It also contributed to their professional development requirements.

Note: Photo is stock image of NorthTec nursing students

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