Effectiveness of an online program using telesimulation for academic-clinical collaboration in preparing for nurse preceptor roles

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J Clin Nurs. 2022 Apr 25. doi:10.1111/jocn.16339. Online ahead of print.

ABSTRACT

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effectiveness of an online program on the knowledge and self-efficacy of nurse preceptors in their roles to support the clinical education of female students and examine their online experience.

BACKGROUND: The professional development of nurse preceptors is essential to promote the work readiness of future graduate nurses when they enter the labor market. Support from academic institutions in developing the roles of preceptors in clinical teaching and assessment is essential.

DESIGN: This study used a mixed-methods design.

METHOD: A total of 59 nurse preceptors from six health care institutions participated in an online preceptorship program by collaborating with university educators to facilitate clinical learning and student assessment via telesimulation following instructions on the website. Pre-tests and post-tests were administered to assess preceptors’ knowledge and self-efficacy in their roles. Survey questionnaires and focus group discussions were conducted to assess their online experience. SQUIRE 2.0 guidelines have been applied.

RESULTS: Preceptors demonstrated significant improvements (p

CONCLUSION: Study results demonstrated the effectiveness and feasibility of an online preceptorship program to enhance the role of preceptors in supporting nursing students’ transition to clinical practice, using a combination web-based technologies to provide preceptors with self-directed and experiential learning approaches.

RELEVANCE TO CLINICAL PRACTICE: This study contributed to the development of an innovative online preceptor program that offered opportunities for academic-clinical collaboration and has broad applicability. Telesimulation has created robust remote simulation experiences for preceptors, allowing them to collaborate with university educators to facilitate clinical practice for students amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

PMID:35470506 | DOI:10.1111/jocn.16339

Sara H. Byrd