1.2 Be prepared as a preceptor – Before the student arrives

mod1-qaHere are some important questions to ask yourself before you begin a preceptor experience:

  1. Do you have the time and energy to take a student right now?
  2. What is your teaching style?
  3. How comfortable are you with giving feedback, and other potentially conflictual situations?
  4. What supports does your agency provide around taking students?
  5. What kind of a caseload will you be expected to maintain during this time period?

The main point is that taking a student requires a considerable amount of thought and preparation, particularly around whether or not your current workload and agency constellation will allow you to comfortably do so. Also, it is important to reflect on your learning and teaching styles and how you anticipate navigating some of the potentially challenging aspects of precepting, like providing feedback and managing conflict. Those subjects are covered in later modules.

[1] Barker, E. R., & Pittman, O. (2010). Becoming a super preceptor: A practical guide to preceptorship in today’s clinical climate. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 22, 144-149. doi:10.1111/j.1745-7599.2009.00487.x