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Teaching and Preceptoring Nurses

  • : Glenelg North SA 5045

Teaching and Preceptoring Nurses

Two-Day Seminar: How to Make CPD Effective; Identifying Learning Needs; Teaching Opportunities; Mentoring and Motivating - What Works?


The impact of constant change, whether relating to technological advances or health care delivery, combined with the expansion of nursing knowledge means that nursing practice and education are in constant need of updating and development. Those nurses whose role entails teaching and preceptoring others require specialist professional development skills. These skills need to be maintained and regularly updated if they are to meet the demands of their roles. What will you learn from this seminar?

  • Current developments in the delivery of CPD and its application to practice
  • The art and importance of assessing learning needs correctly and developing learning plans
  • Learning styles, how to write meaningful objectives and effectively facilitate learning
  • How to identify CPD opportunities and write a proposal that gets results

This seminar will be relevant to nurses who work in a range of educational roles such as clinical facilitators, preceptors, educators, teachers and nurses interested in teaching.


Need for Program

All nurses have a responsibility to teach and preceptor others. Professional development of self and others is a nursing competency standard. Teaching practices and the delivery of information are critical to the quality of the learning experience. In order to do this effectively nurses need to ensure they are best equipped to do this. This program fills a much-needed gap for everyday practice.

Purpose of Program

The purpose of this seminar is to provide nurses with the knowledge and skills to teach and preceptor others in their workplace.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this program it is expected that the participants will be able to:

  • Identify appropriate individual learning needs that will improve patient outcomes
  • Preceptor others to achieve professional and personal goals
  • Debate responses to contemporary CPD and reflect on how this can improve practice
  • Effectively plan, implement and evaluate CPD educational activities
  • Schedule Day One

    8:30am - Registration and Refreshments


    Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

    CPD is a term often used interchangeably with others such as ‘continuing education’. To set the scene for this two day seminar, an exploration of CPD, key elements, and issues in its application will be discussed. The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) CPD Registration Standard will provide the professional foundation. The session will include:

    • What is CPD?
    • The basis for mandatory CPD
    • NMBA Competency Standards, Codes, Policies and Position Statements
    • Examination of the NMBA CPD standard
    • What does this mean for me?


    Identifying Learning Needs

    This session examines ways to assess individual personal and professional learning needs and to identify learning gaps. It will focus on:

    • What is a learning need?
    • The role of competency standards
    • Thinking critically
    • Developing meaningful learning objectives and measurable outcomes
    • Being strategic - identifying knowledge gaps in practice

    10:30am - Morning Tea and Coffee


    Developing a Learning Plan?

    Getting the relationship right between learning objectives, learning activities and assessment is crucial when planning CPD . This practical session provides participants with strategies to identify and address their own CPD learning needs and will include:

    • What is a learning plan?
    • Structure and Content
    • What to include
    • Assess CPD opportunities and associated teaching and learning required
    • When is a learning plan a useful tool?
    • Examples of learning plan frameworks

    12:30pm - Lunch Break and Networking


    Developing a Professional Portfolio

    In this session we will focus on what constitutes a professional portfolio and include:

    • NMBA regulatory requirements
    • Purpose of a professional portfolio
    • Examples of professional portfolios
    • Auditing
    • Sources of evidence
    • Process for documenting
    • CPD Activities
    • What is not CPD

    3:15pm - Afternoon Tea and Coffee


    What has Leadership got to do with Nursing CPD?

    This session will provide a brief overview of leadership by addressing:

    • What is leadership in education?
    • What do leaders do?
    • Can anyone be a leader?
    • What are the characteristics of leaders?

    4:15pm - Close of Day One of Program

    Day Two

    9:00am - Commencement of Day Two


    Review of Day One

    The beginning of day two will reflect on the learning outcomes achieved during the previous day. We will then move into interactive workshops to strategize how participants may apply preceptorship to personal practice and their individual workplace environments.


    Effective Preceptorship

    This workshop will provide you with an opportunity to identify issues where effective preceptor support minimises distractions within a workplace while maximising professional ‘preceptee’ learning and the quality care outcomes of individual clients/health services. This session includes:

    • Aim of preceptorship
    • Identifying issues in the workplace that benefit from effective preceptorship
    • Strategies that assist to overcome (some) practitioner concerns

    10:30am - Morning Tea and Coffee


    Preceptor Roles and Responsibilities

    A preceptor has a diverse number of roles and responsibilities when supporting workplace learning of another staff member/student. This session will focus on some of these diverse elements to identify contextually relevant adult learning opportunities for this supported professional learning. Topics include:

    • Preceptor role – what does it include?
    • Preceptor responsibilities are..?
    • Differentiating between preceptor and mentor

    12:30pm - Lunch Break and Networking


    Preceptorship in the Workplace

    In Session One today each workplace group identified the most ‘common’ issue they encounter where preceptor involvement would be beneficial. This session extends this dialogue in a workshop format. Includes:

    • Introduction of workshop – setting the scene
    • Use the handout provided to construct a brief case scenario (that will be reported back to the large group) to provide them with the specifics and contextual importance of the issue
    • Develop a learning plan to address the individual elements of concern/learning need
    • Discuss communication strategies to be employed with the preceptee
    • Small group feedback to all seminar participants
    • Individual exercise: critically reflect on seminar participant feedback. Note in your workbook where some of these activities may be useful in your personal professional/preceptor role or workplace

    2:45pm - Afternoon Tea and Coffee


    What has Leadership got to do with Preceptorship?

    Changing professional roles and the demands of the ever-evolving health care systems requires effective leadership as an essential element of progress.

    This session will challenge participants to link their own professional growth and development and the statement “… all nurses have a responsibility to teach and precept others” with broader professional outcomes as responsive CPD preceptors and leaders into the future.


    CPD, Preceptorship and Future Opportunities

    This final session will draw on ideas from the two days of learning for participants to identify current gaps in CPD for themselves and their workplace.

    4:00pm - Close of Seminar and Evaluations


    Elizabeth Haebich

    Elizabeth Haebich

    Elizabeth Haebich is a registered nurse and midwife with extensive experience in metropolitan, regional, rural and remote South Australia, and more recently as an academic. She has worked as an educator across graduate, post registration, undergraduate and vocational education programs, and has also worked in a number of countries other than Australia as part of university projects and as a private health/education consultant.

    Marlene Anderson

    Marlene Anderson

    Marlene Anderson is a highly experienced nurse who has worked in a wide range of health care settings, including nursing regulation and education. Her extensive experience includes: External auditor of the Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology – Quality Directorate (SA); Development of Enrolled Nurse qualifications for inclusion in the Health Training Package; Lecturer, Bachelor of Nursing Course, University of South Australia; Policy and Education Coordinator, Nurses' Board of South Australia; Education Manager, Nursing Board of Tasmania, and Manager, Nursing Education and Practice – Nurses' Board of Victoria. Marlene also was involved in implementing the National Nursing Competency Standards and training of assessors. She is currently the Lead Nurse Planner for Ausmed Education's Online Learning Centre; and is a part time lecturer in the Master of Nursing at Flinders University. Marlene is well known for her teaching abilities and her strong commitment to the profession of nursing.

    Teaching and Preceptoring Nurses
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    10 hours 45 mins
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    10 hours 45 mins
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    Glenelg North SA 5045
    Comfort Inn Haven Marina, 6-10 Adelphi Terrace
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