The SDSU Nutrition and Dietetics Internship (NDI) would like to express our sincere appreciation for our preceptor’s willingness to serve and educate our dietetic interns. Their dedication and contribution to the dietetics profession is admirable and an essential key to the learning process and professional growth of dietetic interns. Preceptors are our partners in this educational process and you make it possible for interns to receive the guidance they need to become qualified dietetics professionals. Their feedback and active participation is vital to the on-going improvement of the SDSU NDI!
- Assistance with special projects. Often, some projects can be put on hold due to lack of time. These projects can be delegated to interns in most situations, providing them with a real-world experience while developing their skills and competencies.
- Sense of importance and contribution towards the dietetics profession.
- Interns can bring a new perspective and questions can help enhance best practices.
- Enhance your professional portfolio and resume by providing educational experiences as a preceptor.
What you do as a preceptor typically can be summarizes in six roles (as described in the CDR Preceptor training program):
- Planners – On a day-to-day basis, preceptors are responsible for planning the experiences and coordinating learning activities with competencies. Preceptors also provide suggestions for modification to learning activities and assignments.
- Role Models – Interns learn from what you say AND do. It is critical that preceptors are deliberate in modeling professional behaviors and ethics.
- Information Providers – Preceptors share knowledge and help students integrate knowledge and skills they need to think critically, solve problems, and become competent practitioners.
- Learning Facilitators - Interns can learn by observing but they also need to have facilitated work experiences with preceptor guidance and feedback.
- Resource Developers – Preceptors guide interns towards appropriate materials, best practices and other professionals that can assist interns.
- Assessors of Learning – Preceptors are integral to the assessment of the intern’s learning and competence and preceptor identification of whether or not interns have met competency requirements is vital to the integrity of the program.
- Communicate rotation and scheduling preferences to the NDI Program Director and interns.
- Provide interns with a thorough orientation to the practice setting reviewing codes of conduct, HIPPA guidelines and confidentiality.
- Meet with the intern (at least weekly) to determine a schedule and plan for completing competencies.
- Identify and facilitate learning activities and assignments that support intern completion of competencies. Assist the intern in providing information on activities and assignments.
- Provide information and assistance as needed.
- Verify intern hours and completion of competencies on at least a weekly basis via the intern’s Preceptor Verification of Logs.
- Provide evaluation and feedback with the mid-rotation and end-of rotation progress reports and evaluation. If an intern is only at the site for 49-199 hours, then only an end of rotation progress report is required. For larger facilities where the intern may spend time with multiple preceptors over one rotation – a primary preceptor will be asked to elicit feedback from the preceptors and complete one mid and end of rotation progress reports. End of rotation evaluations are required for all rotations over 40 hours.
- Provide remediation plans if needed and assist intern in attaining competency.
- Model code of ethics and professional behavior.
- In accordance with ACEND guidelines, interns will not be allowed to “replace” employees during their supervised practice rotations. For example, if an employee at a facility calls in sick, the intern may not “fill in” for that employee. Interns may provide complete care (sometimes referred to as “staff relief”) as directed and supervised by their preceptor and as indicated for their rotation competencies.
- Complete once yearly the preceptor feedback survey found online at: https://questionpro.com/t/AFQCoZSWfb
Preceptors are provided orientation to the supervised practice rotation objectives and expected intern learning outcomes before assuming responsibilities; and ongoing training is provided to preceptors based on evaluation by the internship Program Director (PD), internship staff and faculty, and feedback from interns and advisory committee. The PD will also utilize information from the student End of Rotation Reflection and Assessment Surveys in addition to other outcome criteria to perform a yearly review of the effectiveness of faculty and preceptors related to the supervised practice rotations and experiences. The information provided in the Preceptor Section of this handbook will be provided by the Program Director to the preceptors during yearly site visits and/or at in-service trainings at various facilities. A log documenting training attendance will be maintained by the PD. Online training options will also be developed and participation will be tracked via an online survey. All preceptors will be encouraged to complete the Dietetics Preceptor Training Program offered at no cost by the Commission on Dietetic Registration. The course has been approved for 8 continuing professional education units for RD’s and DTRs. Go to http://www.cdrnet.org/news/online-dietetics-preceptor-training-course-free-of-charge for access to this course.
Preceptor/Site Professional Development Awards
The SDSU NDI plans to support the professional development of preceptors by providing a monetary amount towards the purchase of continuing educational units. The amount of the professional development award will be determined based on the total number of hours the site and its preceptors dedicate towards supervised practice hours.
20-40 hours = $50
41-60 hours = $75
61-80 hours = $100
81-100 hours = $150
101-150 hours = $200
151-200 hours = $250
201 – 300 hours = $300
>301 hours = $400 During yearly exit reviews with primary preceptors at sites, the program director will discuss the professional development award and options the SDSU NDI could purchase to support the sites continuing education.