Upcoming Programmes in Preceptorship Programme for Midwives and Nurses

16 November Nov

Category 1 approved programme-5 CEUs

Programme Rationale:

An Bord Altranais (2010) states that all midwives and nurses have responsibilities with regard to teaching, support and supervision of students assigned to them. The purpose of this preceptorship programme is to facilitate and support midwives and nurses who give their time and expertise to facilitate learning and to supervise and assess students while on clinical placement. It has been identified that the most important factor influencing students’ development of professional knowledge, is the nature of support and guidance from an approachable mentor (Spouse 2001). It is recognised that midwives will need to be more independent, autonomous and innovative in the future (ONMSD 2011). Having a strong preceptorship programme in place will be vital to achieving these aims.

Programme Philosophy:

Preceptorship was introduced to undergraduate nursing education in Ireland following the recommendations of the Nurse Education Forum 2001. Preceptorship in midwifery and nursing is a one-to-one educational relationship between an experienced midwife/nurse and a midwifery/nursing student for the purpose of clinical practice learning to facilitate in bridging the gap between theory and practice. The aim of clinical practice learning is to enable students develop the domains of competence and become safe, caring, competent decision-makers willing to accept personal and professional accountability for evidence-based midwifery/nursing care. The forum recommended that all staff who supervise students should have preparation for the role. In the Centre for Midwifery Education we commit to an andragogical approach to learning in which proactivity, enquiry and autonomy feature predominantly (Quinn 2013). As a result we acknowledge that programme participants are adult learners with existing knowledge and a wealth of experience and therefore utilise teaching strategies that encourage reflection dialogue and debate. Value is placed on the experience, expertise and ability of programme facilitators to impart evidence based knowledge.

Programme Aim:

The overall aim of the preceptorship workshop is to facilitate midwives and nurses in their preceptorship role and to highlight that that the quality of the student/ staff relationship and the support within that relationship that is the factor that contributes most to student learning.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this programme it is anticipated that attendees will:

-Demonstrate knowledge of the structure and key elements of the undergraduate and post graduate midwifery education programmes.

-Demonstrate an understanding of theories of teaching and learning and the principles of facilitating, teaching and assessment of learning as applied to the clinical learning environment.

-Identify the characteristics of an effective learning environment and demonstrate awareness of the factors which facilitate or inhibit learning.

-Discuss the concept of Perceptorship and define the role and responsibilities of the preceptor

-Define the role and responsibilities of the preceptee.

-Demonstrate an understanding of assessment of competency in clinical practice and the knowledge required for the completion of documentation to reflect the level of competence achieved by individual students.

-Demonstrate a working knowledge of the domains of competence documented in the relevant NMBI documents- see reference list below.

Indicative Content

Overview of the midwifery education programme

Role of the preceptor/preceptee

Assessment process

Giving feedback

Teaching and Learning Strategies

A variety of teaching and learning strategies will be utilised to maximise attendee involvement and draw on their experiences to include presentations, discussions, reflection on practice and facilitated themed scenarios using competency assessment tools

Programme Prerequisites:

** Participants MUST complete the e-learning programme 'Preceptorship in Practice' available on HSeLanD  ucdpreceptors.hseland.ie The Certificate of Attendance and CEUs will only be issued to attendees once they submit proof of completion of this e-learning programme. Please submit your print-out of completion to the facilitators of the Preceptorship study day, or to the CME.

Recommended Reading/Resources

The following publications are available to download from the An Bord Altranais agus Cnaimhseachas (NMBI) website http://www.nmbi.ie/Standards-Guidance/More-Standards-Guidance/Quality-Clinical-Learning-Environment

NMBI (2015) Quality Clinical Learning Environment: Professional Guidance http://www.nmbi.ie/Standards-Guidance/More-Standards-Guidance/Quality-Clinical-Learning-Environment

NMBI (2015) Practice Standards for Midwives- http://www.nmbi.ie/nmbi/media/NMBI/Publications/Practice-Standards-for-Midwives-2015.pdf?ext=.pdf

ABA (2005) Requirements and Standards for the Midwife Registration Education Programme. http://www.nmbi.ie/nmbi/media/NMBI/Requirements-and-Standards-for-the-Midwife-Registration-Education-Programme-3rd-ed.pdf?ext=.pdf

NMBI (2016) Midwife Registration Programmes Standards and Requirements.  http://www.nmbi.ie/nmbi/media/NMBI/Publications/midwife-registration-programmes-standards-requirements.pdf?ext=.pdf

NMBI (2015) Midwife Post-RGN Registration Programmes: Standards and Requirements. http://www.nmbi.ie/nmbi/media/NMBI/Publications/midwife-post-rgn-registration-standards-and-requirements.pdf?ext=.pdf