- The preceptor must not allow the student to give any medication or perform invasive procedures without direct supervision of preceptor (i.e. Foley insertion, IV insertion, medication administration, sterile dressing changes, etc).
- The preceptor must not allow the student to administer blood or blood products.
- The preceptor and student are obligated to contact faculty immediately if a student is tardy, misses a scheduled clinical day without prior notification, or demonstrates unprofessional or unsafe behavior.
Preceptor Teaching Tips
Avoid using the same teaching-learning approach for all students.
Students learn in a variety of ways including visual, verbal, written, concrete and abstract, and multidimensional. Many times your personal style of learning may be different than your student's.
Give frequent feedback along the way, not just at the end.
Focus on the performance, not the person. Involve the student in the self-evaluation process.
Break larger tasks into step by step skills.
Give feedback on the performance of each step of the process. Provide rationales during your demonstration. Allow active practice and repetition.
Spend time to get to know your student.
Knowing the student’s current knowledge base and readiness to learn helps both of you identify where they are and where they need to be.
Verbally discuss your decision making process.
Share your thought processes that lead to your decision. Identify the factors in the clinical situation that guided your thinking.