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.
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