Together in 2011, Massachusetts General Hospital and the Lunder-Foundation established the Lunder-Dineen Health Education Alliance of Maine (Lunder-Dineen), a program of Massachusetts General Hospital. The Maine Nursing Preceptor Education Program, which is provided at no cost to nurses in Maine, is made possible through funding by Lunder-Dineen. All program content and materials include copyright to protect the program design and the intellectual property of the program authors, developers and designers.
The Maine Nursing Preceptor Education Program is a blended-learning program consisting of online learning modules and an in-person full day workshop. This blend of instruction is designed to provide learners with an integrated learning experience and the program is not designed to be taught as stand-alone components. The program represents the combined work of the module authors and workshop faculty as program content developers. The team of module authors and workshop faculty is comprised of nurse leaders from Maine and the Lunder-Dineen Team. The bios and headshots for the team of module authors and workshop presenters are included in both the introductions to the modules in the learning management system (LMS) and workshop sessions in the workshop learner toolkit.
There are several in-depth processes and partnerships utilized to develop and launch the Maine Nursing Preceptor Education Program. Initial module content is submitted by the authors, then the work of content review, alignment with program goals and learning outcomes, and further content refinement is completed by Lunder-Dineen nurse planner and professional development specialist, Carole MacKenzie, RN and online instructional design consultant Taffy Davis, RN. Lunder-Dineen then partners with an educational design software consultant who reviews and adjusts, as needed, the tools and sound recordings incorporated for learner interactivity, within the e-learning software platform.
The Lunder-Dineen team completes a rigorous review and test of all final content and navigation, adjusts, as needed, to prepare the content for posting on the web-based LMS. When this step is completed, all content for posting the modules on the LMS and the module files are sent to the Partners HealthCare Office of Continuing Professional Development, the umbrella organization for Mass General, that administrators hosting the LMS.
Lunder-Dineen extends much gratitude to all members of the program for working in close collaboration to produce the final educational program and products.