Anesthesia Preceptorship and Standardized Methods

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Clinical learning is critical for developing students and graduate advanced practice nurses. Clinical education affects self-awareness, critical thinking, and hands-on skills. Graduate students develop their practice by being precepted by advanced practice preceptors. Clinical learning, however, is negatively impacted by preceptors who may lack appropriate, evidenced based training. Thus, preceptors and their knowledge base play a significant role in this development and could potentially influence future patient outcomes. This scholarly project aimed to address knowledge gaps of advanced practice preceptors by creating an online continuing education module regarding evidence-based precepting approaches for certified registered nurse anesthetists and attempted to submit to the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) for approval which was denied. While developing this module, the current process for creating Continuing Education (CE) modules at AdventHealth University (AHU) was optimized through the application of a Find Organize Clarify Understand Select (FOCUS) Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) cycle to create a protocol that outlines requirements, optimize facilitators and minimize barriers. The FOCUS PDCA cycle is a quality improvement model that will provide a structure for problem-solving. The FOCUS portion of this cycle was addressed in this project and future improvements could be made by future cohorts through implementing the PDCA portion. This project aimed to create a CE module but was denied for lack of evidence to support its creation. A protocol was developed for improving the process of CE module creation with the AdventHealth University’s continuing education division, Echelon.