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Here are some expectations we have of our nurse-midwifery students and for our clinical partners in Bethel's M.S. in Nurse-Midwifery program. Please know that your student will be expected to connect with you early in the semester to set up a schedule for clinical hours. We expect 50 clinical hours to equal 1 credit, but we hope our students work even more hours for a rich experience.

Preceptor Expectations

  • Arrive on time
  • Wear professional clothing, including lab coat, with their Bethel ID, and your site ID if required
  • Bring their own stethoscopes
  • Bring their own resources or reference materials, either handheld or paper (please discuss your preferences with the student during orientation)
  • Prompt notification of absence in case of emergency or illness. They need to also notify the clinical coordinator and make arrangements for a make-up as necessary.
  • Take responsibility for their own learning, by knowing their learning needs, developing a goal for the shift/day, and communicating that to the preceptor
  • Demonstrate professional behavior including compassion, respect, sensitivity, and courtesy to colleagues and patients
  • Maintain and update their Typhon database for skills checklists, encounter logs, etc
  • Receive feedback without defensiveness, to communicate with respect, and honor differences between individuals without judgment or negativity

Bethel Faculty and Staff Expectations

The clinical coordinator supports both students and preceptors. It is our goal to create a positive experience for both our nurse-midwifery students and you. Contact the clinical coordinator if you need assistance. If you are unable to reach her, contact the faculty member. If you need to reach someone urgently and it is after hours, please call Jane Wrede, program director, at 320.894.9560, or j-wrede@bethel.edu.

The faculty member will contact you mid-semester by phone or email to discuss your student’s progress, and at the end of the semester. The evaluations will be discussed with the student. Contact us earlier if you have concerns about the student’s progress. We will work with you to develop a plan to support positive outcomes for you and the student.

Orientation

Please orient your student to your facility on a non-clinical or the first clinical day. It’s helpful for the student to have a basic understanding of your facility, how it’s organized,  and your expectations for their time with you.

Our clinical coordinator will ensure that the student has completed any EHR or other training required by your facility prior to this first day. 

Clinical Assignments

Bethel University uses Typhon for student evaluation, skill logs, and tracking. Students are responsible to keep their Typhon tracking current.  Preceptors are not asked to be responsible for this tracking.

Evaluations

Student evaluations can be completed either on paper or online through a Word document shared between you and your student. Evaluations become an educational time for your student if you fill it out together so they understand the rationale behind your comments. Your student will also complete an evaluation that you can provide comments on. Please email your evaluations to the clinical faculty. Here's a sample evaluation (pdf) for you to view. Each clinical course has its own unique evaluation form.

Accreditation and Program Goals

This is to notify you that the Bethel University Nurse-Midwifery Program will be having an accreditation review by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME) on Oct 3-5, 2016.

In accordance with the ACME Policies and Procedures, ACME is seeking written third-party comment concerning the qualifications for accreditation of the following nurse-midwifery programs. These programs will be reviewed for renewal of accreditation and initial accreditation preaccreditation at the February 2017 ACME Board of Review meeting. Upon request, comments will be considered confidential.

Your comments will be included with other program materials undergoing review next February 2017. In all instances, your comments must directly relate to the continuing accreditation of a program and the ACME Criteria for Programmatic Accreditation, (December 2009, Revised June 2013, April 2015, April 2016). This document may be found at http://www.midwife.org/Accreditation under ACME Documents. Please cite the particular criterion of concern in your comments.

All written comments should be sent to the attention of Heather L. Maurer, ACME Executive Director, hmaurer@acnm.org, or mailed to ACME at 8403 Colesville Rd., Suite 1550, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

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