The College of Nursing at Kent State University has launched a free program for the 400 registered nurses who volunteer their time and expertise to mentor nursing students. Nursing preceptors work individually with students in a clinical setting to share their real-life experiences in the nursing field, acting as both educators and mentors.
The new online program called PreceptED includes a continuing education activities library created specifically for nurse preceptors. Preceptors help bridge the gap between classroom education and real-life nursing care. Their duties include providing learning opportunities, meeting course objectives, and serving as a resource and role model for clinical expertise in professional settings.
To show appreciation for their preceptors, Kent State is providing a free way for them to keep up with their continuing education hours. Nurse preceptors are required to obtain a certain number of continuing education hours (CEs) every two years to help them stay current on technology, nursing practice, and current nursing topics. The online library can provide nurse preceptors with up to 12 CEs each year at no cost and offers the convenience of an online setting.
Kent State’s College of Nursing provides more than 2,000 nursing students courses at the baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral levels, making it one of the largest and most comprehensive programs in the US. The CE program for nurse preceptors took six months to launch and will be an ongoing effort for the College of Nursing.