The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care

2006 OPEN FORUM Abstracts


Elsie Collado-Koman MBA-HCM, RRT  UCSD Medical Center, San Diego, Ca, Donna Murphy, RRT, SharpHealthcare, Grossomt Hospital, La Mesa, Ca.

Introduction: Preceptors are experienced clinicians who are competent staff members who serve as a clinical/role model and resource to the newly hired employee who may be a new graduate or experienced new therapist. At our institutions we employ preceptors to present an organized planned educational program which introduces the new employee to their role and responsibilities. It also, introduces the new staff member to the formal and informal rules, customs, culture, workplace expectations and standards, in a competency based orientation. In our institutions we decided to look at what motivates clinicians to become preceptors.

We developed a survey that queried preceptors concerning their perceptions  about precepting. Institutions: Sharp Grossmont Hospital, UCSD Medical Center: Total Participants =33

Rating Scale: 1 Strongly Influenced    2 Some Influence    3 No Influence.

Results: A 100% response rate of total participants.

Question                                                              Answers in Percentage 1 2 3
1. Has precepting helped improve your communication skills? 55 39 6
2. Has precepting brought you more interactions with other disciplines? 33 48 18
3. Has precepting helped provide a positive impact on other disciplines? 58 33 9
4. Has precepting encouraged you to seek more knowledge? 52 39 9
5. Has precepting helped your performance appraisal? 27 64 9
6. Has precepting influenced you to help participate in department operations? 24 48 24
7. Has precepting helped you to value your profession more? 52 33 15
8. Has precepting influenced your exploration professional organizations? 24 39 36
9. Has precepting influenced you to inquire about an advanced degree? 15 18 67

Discussion: The data reflects 55 % to 58% of our participants perceive themselves as having increased communication skills, and a positive impact on other disciplines due to precepting. While feeling precepting has improved communication and image with other disciplines, only 33% felt they had more interactions. A little over half, 52% were influenced to seek more knowledge and value their profession more, due to precepting, where as 27% felt precepting did not  influence their performance appraisal. Surprisingly, less than 25% reflect, precepting has not impacted their department participation, but we observed many are already involved, also  precepting has not influenced their exploration of professional organizations. Finally precepting has not influenced them to inquire about an advanced degree.

The data reflect a positive perception in the areas of communication and interactions with other disciplines, seeking a broader knowledge base, and an improved perception of one's profession. These  positive perceptions could benefit departments by projecting themselves into the attitudes of the participants presenting positive posture within the department and in interactions with other departments.

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