"Letter to preceptors Critical Concpets"
Spring 2007 Dear Preceptor: Chipola College is delighted to welcome you as a preceptor for one of our nursing students in the NUR 2291C Medical Surgical Critical Concepts course. This final clinical experience is designed to provide each student with an opportunity to work with a Registered Nurse in a clinical area of his/her specialty providing direct patient care in a 6 week experience just prior to graduation from the ADN nursing program. A faculty member from the ADN nursing program is available to you and to the student by pager/telephone. This backup is consistent with the level two Preceptorship as outlined in the Florida Nurse Practice Act Section 64B9-2.008: Clinical Training: 14. Additional information that was sent to your agency liaison includes: 1. Clinical internship dates are 1/15/07 – 2/25/07 and 2/26/07 – 4/15/07. The student works with a registered nurse (RN) providing direct patient care. The student may work any shift (excluding nights) and any day of the week that the assigned preceptor works. A minimum of 80 hours is required for each student. Please refer to the preceptor orientation packet to review the Roles and Responsibilities of the preceptor as well as for the faculty and student. 2. Included in this letter are the name and phone number for the faculty who is assigned to your student. Chipola College faculty are available by pager/phone and will contact you as needed during the experience. Please provide the most appropriate phone number that will facilitate this support. 3. Orientation to your agency will be arranged as requested by the agency. Please plan to orient the student to your particular unit. The student is to arrange their own schedule with you on days that you are scheduled to work at the facility. As many of our students work, they are free to arrange their internship hours with you so that they meet the minimum requirement by the end of the clinical experience. Theoretically, the student should strive to attend clinicals with you at least once per week. However, if for some reason you are floated to another floor, it will be the student’s choice as to whether or not to float with you. If you must leave the facility for any reason, the student may work with another RN who is willing to oversee the student only with faculty approval. This also applies if you are called off or absent, so please contact the student prior to the start of the shift so that the student does not travel unnecessarily. The student should provide you with a phone number to be reached at for this reason. 4. The students at Chipola College are required to participate in drug math testing each semester in the program; the students must perform at 80% level to pass drug math. Additionally, clinical performance testing is also required; each student must validate clinical skills that they select by drawing from a hat. Each of these requirements will be completed prior to the students' arrival for internship. 5. Students at Chipola College are also required to provide documentation regarding health and immunization status and current CPR certification. This information is submitted to the department assistant at the beginning of each semester. By the time that the student begins the internship this information will have been collected and the student cleared for clinicals. 6. The Chipola college dress code is in effect throughout the nursing program. The student name pin and college identification must be clearly visible at all times during the internship. 7. Chipola College has a medication administration policy that is included in the preceptor orientation packet. As the student’s designated preceptor we ask that you conduct med check # 2 with the student and that you accompany the student for all NG, PEG, parenteral medication (including IV) administration. Additionally, please refer to the medication policy for information about narcotic management. 8. Chipola College nursing students are not permitted to obtain or hang blood, or to set up or refill PCA/PCE equipment. At all times, the standards and policies/procedures for your institution are to be upheld. The students are anxiously anticipating this culminating clinical experience. Please feel free to contact me directly or your student’s faculty member for any questions or concerns. You are an essential component of this clinical experience and we commend you on your partnership with the students from Chipola College. Thank you and have a wonderful internship experience with our student! Sincerely, Kelley Manion Leonard, RN, CNS, MSN Student assigned: Chipola College Nursing Faculty: NUR 2291 Instructor Office phone number: 850-718-2438 Pager #: Pager #: 888-338-0739 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org