Joined at the Hip: Preceptor Model in Action

The Married-State Preceptor Model is an evidence-based onboarding method designed with the newly licensed nurse in mind.  The orientation period is divided into three phases. During phase 1 and 2, the preceptor and Resident are joined at the hip, together at all times, and staffed as one.  In Phase 1, the preceptor takes the full patient load, while the Resident observes side-by-side and practices skills .  As they advance into Phase 2, the Resident assumes the frontline of care, taking the full patient load with the preceptor shadowing, helping to develop prioritization, time management, and critical thinking skills. By phase 3, the Resident feels comfortable taking the full workload on his/her own, and the preceptor remains readily available, helping them prepare to practice independently.

Preceptors at KRH take their job very seriously. They are trained in adult learning principles, communication, learning styles, how to provide meaningful feedback, how to develop critical thinking, and about the five important roles they play: role model, socializer, educator, evaluator, and protector.

For more information on this model, enjoy the article below.


It Takes a Village

It takes a village to provide excellent care to patients.  During week four, Residents hear from a variety of disciplines who work side-by-side with nursing every day.  From Pharmacy and Imaging Services, to Security and Housekeeping, Residents get the inside scoop on how best to work with each facet of the interdisciplinary team.

During the first year of nursing, it’s easy for Residents to focus only on the nursing aspect of patient care delivery.  “It Takes a Village” Day helps to broaden their perspective and gain an appreciation for the bigger picture.

“This class was extremely helpful!  It is important to consider the contributions of the interdisciplinary team, and how to assist one another to provide optimal patient care.  It gave me a great appreciation for the other areas of the hospital”

-Nurse Resident, Class of 2016

RT Inservice

Respiratory Therapist Rich Lamere has a Nurse Resident feel what it’s like for patients to use a CPAP machine.