What else do preceptors do?

They provide constructive feedback by:

  • Focusing on behavior/actions with concrete examples.
  • Giving feedback in private and in a timely fashion.
  • Offering suggestions for the student to try next time and offer to be a resource.
  • Creating the greatest possible opportunity for student success.

They manage risks by:

  • Assisting in risk identification.
  • Encouraging development of judgment/actions in the face of risks.
  • Modelling preparation for and management of risks.
  • Being an advocate for clients and the learner.

They open doors by:

  • Assisting in making connections to learning opportunities within the placement agency.
  • Providing appropriate introductions to others who may influence the student’s professional or career development.
  • Promoting awareness of contributions made by the learner to the placement agency.
  • Being flexible to facilitate learning opportunities that arise throughout the placement. [1]

[1] College of Southern Idaho Health Sciences and Human Services Paramedic Program. (n.d.). A Guide to Preceptorship. Available online at: http://hshs.csi.edu/paramedic/PDF/preceptorship.pdf