The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care

2012 OPEN FORUM Abstracts

WHY THERAPISTS DO NOT PRECEPT.

Donna S. Murphy1, Elsie Collado-Kolman2; 1Pulmonary, Sharp Grossmont Hospital, Lakeside, CA; 2Pulmonary, UCSD Medical Center Center, La Mesa, CA

Background: Preceptors are experienced clinicians who are competent staff members who serve as clinical role models and resources for newly hired staff or students. Previous research shows therapists who precept, feel a personal sense of accomplishment and value for their profession which increases their job satisfaction. Knowing why therapists’ precept we decided to look at why therapists do not precept. Method: We developed a survey that queried acute care therapists about precepting from across the state of California. Participants’ were asked if they precepted and if they answered no they were asked to circle reasons that would indicate why they were not preceptors. This survey was conducted by a combination of electronic e mail and hand distribution for a total of 242 surveys. Reasons identified for not precepting and the associated results are reported. A total of 142 surveys were completed by RCPs for a response rate of 59%. Ninty-one of those queried or 40% answered no to serving as preceptors RESULTS QUESTION RESPONSE PERCENTAGE No Interest 13% No Time 18% Not Supported By Management 11% Never Asked 30% No Benefit 7% Not Comfortable Precepting Outside My Area Of The Hospital 5% Other 8.7% Discussion: A positive observation of the survey was that nearly 60% of RCPs precept. For those that don’t, the results clearly indicate that simply by asking there is significant potential to recruit new preceptors. Support by managers with the provision of adequate time are also important factors. As a result of the survey additional focus is being placed on demonstrating the benefit and creating incentives for perception. We will continue to use similar surveys to identify opportunities for improvement and preceptor program refinements. Sponsored Research - None RESULTS