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Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) play an integral role in the clinical education arena. The preceptorship model has been widely accepted in many disciplines to enhance student learning, provide opportunities to demonstrate competence and critical thinking, and build confidence.The role of a preceptor involves many challenges. Nursing preceptors must balance their usual workload in addition to being educators.Studies report that preceptors find the lack of support from leadership most difficult.Consequently, the lack of support from leadership makes nursing preceptors less inclined to precepting. The clinical environment is critical to learning and correlates to the academic success of the student. Student perceptions and satisfaction are indicators of the quality of learning and related to several outcomes. Studies indicate that the clinical environment perpetuates students’ perceptions and indirectly relates to academic success, student retention, and coping mechanisms. It is the ability to believe in one’s own ability to carry out an objective. Preceptors who provide timely feedback, observe skills frequently, effectively communicate, and are willing to teach contribute to a better learning environment. This quality improvement educational module seeks to assess anesthesia providers’ knowledge on the efficacy of enhancing CRNAs’ roles as clinical preceptors. Anesthesia providers receiving the educational intervention included CRNA from the university alumni list. The sample included approximately 9 participants. The quality improvement project involved three phases: the pre-assessment testing, an online educational presentation, and a post-assessment exam. Pre-assessment and post-assessment testing will measure the effects of the intervention. Statistical analysis will be applied to assess the knowledge of the educational intervention.

Keywords: student nurse anesthetists, preceptorship, mentors, nursing students, mentorship, preceptorship models



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