SUNY Downstate Offering One Day Nurse Preceptor Training Program

Oct 24, 2005

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.



About SUNY Downstate Medical Center

SUNY Downstate Medical Center, founded in 1860, was the first medical school in the United States to bring teaching out of the lecture hall and to the patient’s bedside. A center of innovation and excellence in research and clinical service delivery, SUNY Downstate Medical Center comprises a College of Medicine, College of Nursing, School of Health Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, School of Public Health, University Hospital of Brooklyn, and a multifaceted biotechnology initiative including the Downstate Biotechnology Incubator and BioBAT for early-stage and more mature companies, respectively.

SUNY Downstate ranks twelfth nationally in the number of alumni who are on the faculty of American medical schools. More physicians practicing in New York City have graduated from SUNY Downstate than from any other medical school.