Students Learning at a Distance Aided by Local One-on-One Mentors

From 1997 to 2000, the Research Foundation of the State University of New York (SUNY), Albany, created a computer-based distance-learning program designed to train clinical preceptors who work with student nurse midwives.

Clinical preceptors are key to advanced nursing training. They build a close, one-to-one relationship with each student, and guide students in applying nursing theory and techniques in practical settings.

Key Results

  • Investigators at the School of Nursing, SUNY Stony Brook, conducted two workshops for nurse midwife clinical preceptors in Buffalo, N.Y., in March and July 1998.
  • Project faculty also visited more than 20 individual training sites in nine states, where they instructed students in a variety of clinical teaching theories and techniques.
  • Project faculty developed a Nurse Midwifery Preceptor Manual, which addresses such issues as theories of learning, feedback and evaluation, and working with the student who has problems.