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Teaching Strategies for Preceptors

Learn about 2 important resources for becoming a more effective preceptor. These tools will help you brush up on your teaching skills and provide new ones.

The One-Minute Preceptor

The One-Minute Preceptor is a clinical teaching tool that has been validated in numerous studies. It's easy to learn and implement. The 5 skills provide a framework for approaching the needs of your student and help teach them while staying efficient and on-time in a busy clinic or intrapartum day. These skills are:

  • Student presents the case and commits to the diagnosis
  • Preceptor probes for supporting evidence—the student’s rationale for the diagnosis
  • Preceptor teaches on a single point and/or reinforces a general rule
  • Tell them what they did right
  • Correct any mistakes

View a schematic developed by the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing to learn more about it.

ACNM Resources

The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) provides multiple resources for preceptors of nurse-midwifery students and can be accessed even if you are not a member. Learn about teaching strategies, how to work with students with different skill levels, and how to lovingly confront a student, among other helpful resources. You can also view an introduction to precepting video provided by the University of Utah.

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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