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[October 24, 2005]

SUNY Downstate Offering One Day Nurse Preceptor Training Program

SUNY Downstate re-implemented its one-day “Nurse Preceptor Training Program” earlier this year as part of an institutional initiative in addressing nursing shortages.

The program was developed by the Institute of Continuous Learning, and is accredited by the New York Nurses Association's Council of Continuing Education. The class is 7.2-hours and is designed to train staff nurses about the necessary adjustments needed in becoming a preceptor. Nurses are required to take on the role of preceptor and ultimately “facilitate the orientation and job training of new employees … to the role and responsibilities of their position.”

Preceptor selection guidelines consist of but is not limited to: 2-years of experience in assigned unit/department, willingness, interest, and motivation to accept the preceptor responsibilities, demonstration of effective verbal and written skills, and no disciplinary action having been taken against them in the past two years.

For more information on the Nurse Preceptor Training Program contact Jean McHugh, MSN, APRN, BC, CS, program coordinator at 718-270-2983.

SUNY Downstate Medical Center is the only academic medical center in Brooklyn, serving more than 2 million people within the borough. SUNY Downstate is located at 450 Clarkson Avenue.