The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care

2011 OPEN FORUM Abstracts


Lori VanBeusekom; St Catherine University, St Paul, MN

ASSESSMENT OF INTEREST IN AND NEED FOR A LOCAL RESPIRATORY CARE PRECEPTOR TRAINING PROGRAM Background: There has been a significant amount of work promoted by the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC), through a clinical preceptor training work group, in developing a standardized preceptor training program. Preceptor training has the potential to strengthen competency and professionalism and foster consistent excellence in patient care. The purpose of this study was to assess local community interest in a preceptor training program and identify specific areas of needed support that could improve the preceptor-student experience. Methods: An on-line survey was distributed to 300 Respiratory Therapists employed at seven local hospitals in the Minneapolis-St Paul metropolitan area. These seven hospitals serve as clinical affiliates for Respiratory Care Programs across the state of MN. Results: 75 out of 300 invited therapists completed the survey (25%) and 68 of those 75 (91%) had experience as a preceptor. 60 respondents (80%) expressed interested in attending a preceptor training program. Thirteen items identified as being important for a successful preceptor experience were found to be lacking in some degree when analyzed using the paired observation two-tailed t-test (p ≤ .0005). The largest gap between importance and presence was found in the ability of students to communicate goals. Conclusion: There is community interest in a preceptor training program. Tools to support the needs of preceptors are needed to improve the preceptor experience. In particular, communication tools to enhance dialogue between students and preceptor are warranted. Sponsored Research - None