How is the program designed, developed and built?
The program is designed as a blended learning program based on 21st century approaches to health education. It combines learner-engaging online training modules with an interactive, hands-on live workshop. The program was developed to address the learning needs of the current multi-generational nursing workforce and to support the recruitment, integration, satisfaction and ultimately the retention of Maine nurses. The program was built by the Lunder-Dineen team and an advisory team of nursing thought leaders working across the continuum of care, utilizing the model of an academic-practice partnership.
What has the program accomplished to date?
To date, a total of 88 health care organizations across Maine have supported the program attendance of almost 800 nurses.
Each program presentation is thoroughly evaluated, and on-going program refinements are based upon continuous quality improvement processes. Refinements are also based upon on-going environmental scanning of nursing workforce trends, networking with Maine Nurse Leaders, program outreach and Advisory Team recommendations.
Evaluation findings reflect the following:
- Program satisfaction scores from participants and faculty remain consistently high each year.
- The program provides RNs with a strong foundation to advance their interest, knowledge and skills in assuming the preceptor role.
- The program has successfully developed a cadre of RNs prepared to assume the preceptor role and responsibilities.
How does the program benefit your organization?
The Maine Nursing Preceptor Education Program affords organizations cost-free access to our evidence-based professional development program designed to advance and support the delivery of high quality, patient-centered care.
Registering staff to participate in this standardized preceptor education program meets the learning needs of RNs across the continuum of care, while preserving organizational teaching resources.
Program participants receive a tool kit of best-practice resources and reference materials to utilize within their organizations.
During the workshop component of our blended-learning program, participants interact with and share learning experiences with RNs working across the continuum of care. These shared experiences broaden perspectives and understandings of the preceptor role across acute care, behavioral health care, home health and hospice care, long term care, public health, school health and community health settings.