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The development and evaluation of a preceptorship program using a practice development approach


Ford, K and Courtney-Pratt, H and FitzGerald, M, The development and evaluation of a preceptorship program using a practice development approach, Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing, 30, (3) pp. 5-13. ISSN 1447-4328 (2013) [Professional, Refereed Article]

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Objective: The aim of the research was to evaluate a Preceptorship Workshop for nurses and midwives structured using a Practice Development framework. The workshop was underpinned by an exploration of nurses and midwives attitudes, perceptions and concerns about being a preceptor.

Design: Emancipatory Practice Development guided this study.

Setting: The study was conducted in a 400-bed tertiary referral hospital in an Australian state.

Subjects: Ninety three nurses and midwives participated in the study.

Main outcome measures: Data collection was undertaken from July - December 2009. Participants' completed a self-assessment of six identified learning outcomes on a five point Likert scale pre and post workshop. Findings were further informed by qualitative data collected during and following the workshops.

Results: A paired samples t-test was used to compare pre and post workshop participant self ratings of knowledge, understanding and ability to apply preceptor skills. Statement four: 'My knowledge of the requirements of my role as a preceptor in relation to the structure of a range of nursing programs' demonstrates the highest shift in self assessment. There was a significant difference in the scores pre test (M = 3.04, SD = .751) and post test (M = 3.99, SD = .617). Statistically significant changes occurred across all six learning outcomes, confirmed by qualitative findings from participant input on the day.

Conclusion: Findings support the use of a Practice Development approach in the provision of a preceptor workshop, with clinicians indicating high acceptability that resulted in achievement of key learning outcomes.

Item Details

Item Type:Professional, Refereed Article
Keywords:preceptorship, practice development, emancipatory processes, nursing, midwifery
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Nursing not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Nursing
UTAS Author:Ford, K (Dr Karen Ford)
UTAS Author:Courtney-Pratt, H (Dr Helen Courtney-Pratt)
ID Code:84402
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Health Sciences B
Deposited On:2013-05-13
Last Modified:2016-09-27

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