The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care

2007 OPEN FORUM Abstracts

THE DEVELOPMENT OF A PRECEPTEE EDUCATION PROGRAM FOR RESPIRATORY CARE STUDENTS AT CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL OF ORANGE COUNTY, ORANGE, CALIFORNIA

M. Pera1


Background:
Demanding work assignments, time constraints, and bad attitudes experienced by the clinical therapist may not be optimal to meet the learning needs of the student. This leads to a student who feels burdensome, unwelcome and at times discouraged. These feelings will oftentimes interfere with the student’s ability to clinically practice didactic learning and thrive in the hospital environment. This less than optimal relationship is the foundation on which the new graduate builds a preceptor relationship at his/her place of employment. We felt that a student preceptee-education program would provide the tools necessary to promote their active participation in the learning process.

Method:
Student/Preceptor relationship analysis was obtained through an interview process of (14) students assigned to our clinical site. A program focusing on goals, feedback, roles, responsibilities, and rights of both student and preceptor was developed. Post rotation data was collected from both student and preceptor using a Likert Scale survey.

Results:
Post rotation surveys showed that 100% of the students found the program gave them the tools they needed to have a positive learning experience. 100% would recommend this training to their peers. While 100% of the preceptors surveyed felt the students were more proactive and engaged in their learning only 57% found consistency in setting daily goals.

Conclusion:
Students that received preceptee training at our facility consistently had a positive and productive clinical rotation independent of preceptor assignment. This program has also proven to be a good recruitment tool based on the increase of student applications for our RCP Residency in Pediatrics.

References:
Children’s Hospital of Orange County Preceptee Training Guide
Preceptors, Children’s Hospital of Orange County
Students, Mt. San Antonio Respiratory Care Program
Students, Orange Coast College Respiratory Care Program
Students, San Joaquin Valley College Respiratory Care Program

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