About 100 Michigan hospitals and ambulatory care providers explored the features of the MHA and the Michigan Health Board’s standardized and validated toolkit for nurse preceptors – the Nurse Preceptor Academy (NPA). The academy is a virtual training program for nurses and allied health professionals to acclimatize new nurses, students and employees to the rigors of the hospital environment and validate skills. Content areas include an overview of the role of the preceptor, learning needs and strategies, and legal considerations.
New nurses can be overwhelmed with responsibilities, which is why nurse preceptors make a difference. Nurse preceptors help new nurses develop their professional identity, access appropriate clinical research, and learn from their mistakes.
The MHA and the Michigan Health Council also offer a Clinical Faculty Academy (CFA), a virtual training program preparing nurses for the role of clinical instructors. CFA teaching modules include clinical assessment concepts and processes, clinical assessment tools, and conducting preclinical and postclinical conferences, among other concepts.
The NPA and the CFA are free. To learn more about these offerings, contact Ana Hornburg at the Michigan Health Council. Members with questions can contact Erin Steward.