Preceptors


Preceptorship

The CAET Academy ET Nursing Education Program includes 225 hours of clinical preceptorship. Students consider this the highlight of the program and a highly valuable learning experience. This preceptorship experience ensures that ETNEP graduates can apply their theoretical knowledge in divers clinical setting.

The preceptorship experience ensures that ETNEP graduates have the knowledge, skill and judgment to care for patients or clients in the many diverse settings encountered by ET nurses.

A Preceptor is an experienced Enterostomal Therapy Nurse, Nurse Continence Advisor or Allied Health Specialist, who works in a formal, one-to-one relationship with a learner to advance their clinical practice. The preceptor role is key to the success of our graduates. Research has repeatedly demonstrated that when a supportive, competent Preceptor oversees the student’s clinical placement, the student is more likely to make a successful transition from academic studies to function effectively in their new role.

Research also suggests that the following attributes or characteristics of Preceptors enhances the role and the experience of the student:

  • Critical thinking ability
  • Initiative
  • Ability to be a positive role model
  • Ability to link learning needs with appropriate resources
  • Patience
  • Interest in developing others
  • Ability to problem solve & make decisions
  • Ability to support and motivate others
  • Ability to analyze & act on performance issues
  • Coaching and skill in the ability to provide feedback
  • Reflective practice skills

As an ET Nurse, Nurse or Allied Health Specialist practicing at an advanced level in wound, ostomy and/or continence care, you demonstrate many of these skills every day!


Who are Preceptors?

All CAET Academy ETNEP Preceptors are working professionals able to provide a mentoring experience to students. Preceptors meet the following criteria:

  • Current Provincial Certificate of Competence,
  • Provincial licensure,
  • Baccalaureate degree or graduate degree preferred,
  • Certificate from an Enterostomal Therapy Nursing Education Program accredited by CAET or Nurse Continence Advisor Program,
  • Minimum two (2) years current clinical practice (full-time equivalent) in Enterostomal Therapy or Continence Nursing or related field,
  • Good communication and teaching skills,

What do Preceptors Do?

Assisted by the CAET ETNEP Preceptor Coordinator and CAET Academy Director the Preceptor provides learning and practice opportunities in Enterostomal Therapy Nursing to CAET Academy ETNEP students.

  1. Act as the liaison between the setting and the learner to arrange clinical placement.
  2. Provide orientation to the clinical setting.
  3. Collaborate with the CAET Academy and learner to identify learning needs.
  4. Plan clinical learning activities.
  5. Demonstrate and supervise clinical activities.
  6. Assist the student to link theoretical knowledge with clinical activities by teaching and discussing treatment alternatives.
  7. Provide the learner with regular constructive feedback on performance using program templates.
  8. Evaluate the performance of the learner in relation to clinical objectives using the CAET Academy Clinical Evaluation Tool.
  9. Communicate with the CAET Academy re: the student’s progress and as needed during the preceptorship.

Remuneration

All CAET Academy ETNEP Preceptors volunteer their time and expertise to contribute to the development of the next generation of professionals. However some institutions require payment to the institution for this experience. The CAET Academy is not responsible for costs associated with preceptorships.


Becoming a Preceptor

Becoming a CAET ETNEP Preceptor is a significant undertaking; it is complex and not for everyone. The benefits to the student include:

  • The opportunity to apply theory to practice in a safe environment and to develop their role as an ET Nurse by working with an experienced ET Nurse or clinician who models the skills and demeanor of the advanced practice clinician.
  • The benefits to the preceptor include developing your leadership skills, creating a legacy, helping others to be successful and supporting the profession. Preceptors ignite the spark that distinguishes ET Nurses.

Understanding the learning environment, knowing about individual learning styles and the principles of adult learning and dealing effectively with conflict are skills necessary to being an effective Preceptor.

Your skills in the role of Preceptor can be enhanced through this online Preceptorship Education Program offered free from the University of Western Ontario available at www.preceptor.ca


Information Required from Potential Preceptors

The CAET Academy holds an error and omissions insurance policy to cover student related issues in the clinical area. The Preceptor Coordinator, upon request from the facility or student, will provide proof of insurance through a “Certificate of Insurance”. To comply with our insurance company the CAET Academy must collect information about each Preceptor.

Please complete and return this information form and a copy of your resume to the CAET Academy as soon as possible. We look forward to having you join our clinical faculty.

If you have any questions please contact the CAET Academy Preceptor Coordinator at Email: preceptor@caetacademy.ca

Preceptor

Dear Colleague

Thank you for your interest in becoming a preceptor for the Canadian Association for Enterostomal Therapy – Enterostomal Therapy Nursing Education Program (ETNEP). The preceptorship experience ensures that ETNEP graduates have the knowledge, skill and judgment to care for patients or clients in the many diverse settings encountered by ET nurses.

A preceptor is an experienced Enterostomal Therapy Nurse, Nurse Continence Advisor or Allied Health Specialist, who works in a formal, one-to-one relationship with a learner to advance their clinical practice. The preceptor role is key to the success of our graduates. Research has repeatedly demonstrated that when a supportive, competent preceptor oversees the student’s clinical placement, the student is more likely to make a successful transition from academic studies to function effectively in their new role.

Research also suggests that the following attributes or characteristics of preceptors enhances the role and the experience of the student

  • Critical thinking ability
  • Initiative
  • Ability to be a positive role model
  • Ability to link learning needs with appropriate resources
  • Patience
  • Interest in developing others
  • Ability to problem solve & make decisions
  • Ability to support and motivate others
  • Ability to analyze & act on performance issues
  • Coaching and skill in the ability to provide feedback
  • Reflective practice skills

As an ET Nurse, Nurse or Allied Health Specialist practicing at an advanced level in wound, ostomy and/or continence care, you demonstrate many of these skills every day!

In order to meet the requirements of our insurance carrier, we must have information on the qualifications of our preceptors and on the placement agencies on file. We are certain that you can fully appreciate this and will provide the specific information requested in the form below.

Please complete and return the information form and your resume to the CAET Academy as soon as possible. We look forward to having you join our clinical faculty.

Sincerely,

Notice to Potential Preceptors

For additional information, please contact Nicole Denis at preceptor@caetacademy.ca

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