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Maine Nursing Preceptor Education Program

Thank you for your interest in Maine’s premier statewide nursing preceptorship program. This program is provided free of cost for qualified program participants, through funding provided by the Lunder-Dineen Health Education Alliance of Maine. We’re very pleased to provide you with the following program details.  

The purpose of the Maine Nursing Preceptor Education Program is to prepare nurses with the knowledge, skills and abilities to precept nursing students, new graduate nurses and experienced nurses new to an organization or transferring to a new practice setting or new role.

How is the program designed?

The program is designed as a blended learning program consisting of nine interactive online learning modules and a one day in person workshop.  Click on the links below to view the listing of the online learning modules and a sample workshop agenda.

What are the qualifications and criteria for participation?

To ensure the goals of this statewide program are met, and to be able to extend the benefit of participating in the program to as many qualified RNs as possible, the following “Qualifications and Criteria for Program Participation” have been developed.  Please review the following qualifications and criteria to ensure the program meets your needs and expectations.

To Qualify

Participants will be:

checkbox A registered nurse with at least one year of clinical experience

checkbox A direct patient care provider who is working in Maine

Please note: This program is not designed nor intended for Nurse Educators or Nurse Managers.

To Participate

Participants agree to:  

Checkbox Plan to assume the role of preceptor following completion of the program.   

Checkbox Commit to obtaining the knowledge, skills and abilities to guide and support:

    • Newly graduated nurses
    • Nurses transitioning to new practice settings/organization
    • Nursing students completing clinical placements

Checkbox Identify a sponsor within their work setting.  (The role of the sponsor is to endorse the participant’s enrollment in the program and provide follow-up guidance and support to the participant when the participant assumes the preceptor role. Common sponsors include: Chief Nursing Officers, Directors of Nursing, Nurse Managers or Nurse Educators.)

Checkbox Provide the name and email address of the sponsor when registering for the program.

Checkbox Complete both the online learning modules and the full day workshop. (It is recommended to set aside approximately 30-45 minutes to complete each module)

Checkbox Complete an online workshop evaluation. 

Checkbox Share the “Preceptor Action Plan” developed during the workshop with your sponsor.

Checkbox Complete a follow-up program survey that will be sent approximately three months following program completion.

How does it work?

1. Initial Online Modules

You have several weeks to complete the nine 30-minute online modules and must complete them all prior to attending the live workshop. 

Click to see outline of online modules.

2. Live Workshops

Attend one of the two live, full-day workshops.

Click to see sample workshop agenda.

3. Finalize Steps to Complete the Program

Complete the final steps in the program after the live workshop.

  • Complete the Workshop Evaluation.
  • Print the Nursing Contact Hours Certificate.
  • Share the “Preceptor Action Plan” developed during the workshop with your sponsor.
  • Complete a follow-up program survey that will be sent approximately three months following program completion.