Nnt2 Task 5 Wgu

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A. The preceptor role is an important role in ensuring safe and effective care of patients. Preceptors have a responsibility in properly training new nursing staff at an organization. The following sections will involve the roles of a preceptor, guidelines for becoming a preceptor, how to properly supervise, and how and what to report of the orientee. A1. Role of Preceptor Anytime that a new nurse is hired into an organization, the new nurse is first paired with an experienced, trained, seasoned nurse, or preceptor, for a certain amount of time. This time frame is called the orientation period. The orientation period is how the preceptor introduces the new nurse to the organization’s policies, procedures, and environment of the particular unit and hospital setting. The preceptor has a job to ensure the new nurse is competent with skills to provided adequate, safe nursing care to patients. The preceptor has to wear many hats with the new nurse such as role model, educator, friend, confidant, and socializer. The preceptor must observe the new nurse and evaluate the skills of the nurse. Ideally the preceptor will explain a process or skill, demonstrate it, and then watch as the new nurse demonstrates as it is performed independently. Precepting involves a commitment on both the preceptor and the new nurse. The precepting period ends at the completion of orientation period, although the preceptor is usually the support nurse who the new nurse turns to with questions after orientation period ("Precepting," 2010). A2. Guidelines Using a competency-based approach is important in assessing a new nurse’s readiness to work solo on the nursing unit. Even though the new nurse has the potential ability to function, it is NNT2 TASK 5 3 important for the preceptor to evaluate the competency of their skills. Competence is required before the new nurse can expect to achieve
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