Preceptor development is a critical part of implementing an Internship. The preceptors are taught how to teach, how to foster critical thinking development, and how to provide objective, performance-based evaluation. Core communication, feedback and interpersonal skills are taught and practiced within the core instruction.
The site coordinators are the primary contact people for the project. Clinical educators have a history of working together in the State and are knowledgeable about the needs of their organization and about the educational needs of new nurses. They meet twice a year to evaluate and provide feedback about the Internship to the Project Director.
VNIP maintains a web site (www.vnip.org ) that shares program info, provides access to updated and revised materials, and posts the schedule for educational offerings. It has standardized the curriculum for both preceptor and intern development. To date, 862 interns have been enrolled in the VNIP program, and over 2800 care providers have participated in preceptor development courses. Just imagine, using the same competency assessment tool for validation of new graduates and travelers in multiple settings, across the state – even across the nation!