Preceptorship Thesis

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Though not a new concept in the clinical setting (Myrick & Yonge, 2005), preceptorship is still considered a key strategy in educating novice nurses in the clinical area. The preceptorship concept first came to health care providers’ consciousness in the United States in the 1960’s and a decade after, has evolved into an important tool in clinical nursing education (Myrick & Yonge, 2005). In the United Kingdom, preceptorship programs became a part of post-registration education during the 1980’s (Wood, 2007). Countries like Canada and Australia also utilize preceptorship as a tool in helping novice nurses attain professional growth. The professional nurse’s job description specifically entails being a preceptor who receives compensation, which…show more content…
Lee, Tzeng, Lin & Yeh (2008) also conducted a preceptorship program study in a 180-bed capacity medical center in Taiwan to determine its effect on turnover rates and costs, the quality of nursing care, and satisfaction rate for preceptor guidance. Outcomes pointed to a decrease in turnover rate of new nurses that led to lower turnover costs. Improvement in the quality of nursing care was seen as well. Furthermore, novice nurses expressed satisfaction with the preceptor guidance received. In the Philippines, preceptorship in hospitals is not usually a formalized program. The head nurses or staff nurses who help train novice nurses are not called preceptors though the duties they perform are similar to that of preceptors. For the Association of Nursing Service Administrators of the Philippines (ANSAP), preceptorship is focused on intravenous therapy (IVT) training. The preceptors supervise trainees and conduct lectures and return demonstration of intravenous related procedures. Updates are also properly provided to ensure that…show more content…
To date, the post-graduate training in Benguet mentioned by Diomampo (2012) have evolved to what is now referred to as the Registered Nurses for Skills Enhancement (RNSE) program of Benguet General Hospital. The aim of the program is to upgrade, update, and strengthen the knowledge, skills, and attributes of the RNSE trainees in preparation for the practice of their profession. The RNSE nurses are trained under the preceptorship of experienced professional nurses who are the head nurses and staff nurses. The head nurses and staff nurses have no formal training on preceptorship but are sent to attend management trainings and administration management seminars. They are also encouraged to take up further studies. While it is an unstructured, informal preceptorship program at the moment in the sense that head nurses and staff nurses do not use the title “preceptor” and are not compensated as such since their involvement in the program is considered voluntary service in nature, the RNSE nurses or preceptees start
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