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Preceptor Nurse - Nursing - Med/Surg

at Memorial Regional Health

Posted: 5/8/2019
Job Status: On Call
Job Reference #: 103228
Keywords: nurse, nursing

Job Description

Req. #:

Nursing - Med/Surg

Per Diem

Varied Shifts


Contact Information:
  • Contact: Ashly Shipman
  • Tel: (970)826-3171
  • Fax: (970)826-3179
  • Email:
  • Address: 750 Hospital Loop Craig, CO 81625

Job Details:
  • RN Required
  • Position Purpose:

    The nursing preceptor assumes responsibility for the orientee. In collaboration with other staff members, this individual is responsible for the ongoing assessment, orientation and teaching of the orientee. The preceptor assumes responsibility for direction and coordination of all patient care during the designated orientation period. The preceptor may use other staff members as a resource to assist in necessary education for the orientee. The preceptor will assume the responsibility for the overall quality of nursing care provided when the orientee is on duty. The preceptor and orientee will provide direct patient care to neonate through geriatric patient populations. In addition to being a teacher and a mentor, the preceptor will serve as a role model, leader, influencer, evaluator, socialization agent and protector of the orientee. The preceptor is instrumental for an orientee to successfully link nursing theory to application in a clinical setting. The preceptor and orientee will work together as one unit, with the nurse carefully observing the orientee in action and performing tasks under the preceptor's watchful eye.

    Essential Functions and Basic Duties:

    Primary Duties


    o The overall goal of the preceptor-ship is to ensure the orientee learns to implement operational standards which promote maintenance of patient rights including but are not limited to:

    a. Adapting nursing care plans, diagnosis and interventions to meet the needs for treatment of individuals (neonate, pediatric, adolescent, adult, and geriatric) patients and protect patient's sensitivities and right to privacy.

    b. Skillfully communicate with the patient, the patient's family, other members of the healthcare team and the orientee.

    c. Highly skilled clinician who provides dependable, effective and efficient care to a patient population using the nursing process.

    d. Demonstrates advanced assessment skills.

    e. Anticipates and understands the impact of nursing care on patient outcomes.

    f. Frequently acts as a resource to other nurses/colleagues regarding patient care.

    g. Documents the nursing process accurately and in the appropriate format.

    h. Plans and implements patient care utilizing past experience and modifies plan of care for the individual patient's needs and is able to demonstrate and communicate these skills to the orientee.

    i. Coordinates successful achievement of established goals.

    j. Utilizes the orientation course by completing individual coursework prior to starting the orientation.

    k. Monitors and facilitates completion of orientee coursework.

    l. Maintains orientee paperwork to provide up to date information on orientee progress and development.

    m. Maintains orientee weekly orientation goals based on current level of clinical experience.

    n. Notifies Clinical Educator/Chief Nursing Officer of any delays or problems related to achieving orientee goals as soon as they are identified to ensure immediate intervention for optimal success.

    o. Completes orientee evaluation form on completion of orientation.

    p. Works effectively as a member of the interdisciplinary team, including patient/family, advisors, and serves as a resource to other members of the interdisciplinary team.

    q. Explores ways to improve the use of resources and cost containment.

    r. Promotes cohesive team behavior among peers and provides assistance/guidance as required.

    s. Role models effective listening skills.

    t. Identifies barriers to communication.

    u. Takes responsibility for problem solving and conflict resolution.

    v. Actively assists with staff education, in services, as well as the skills fair and patient/family education.

    w. Modifies interventions based on a deep understanding of patient and family needs obtained through past experiences.

    x. Advocates for patients and challenges system and practices; tries to identify patterns in systems and process of care that impact the patient and families.

    y. Demonstrates openness and appropriately respects others values.

    z. Develops and values collaborative relationships with patients and families.

    aa. Resolves routine, non-routine or complex issues on an independent basis; however recognizes when an issues requires escalation.

    bb. Demonstrates commitment to own professional development through participation in skill development, yearly refresher courses, CEU's.

    Preceptor Responsibilities

    o The overall goal of the preceptor-ship is to ensure the orientee applies knowledge in a clinical setting. There are a variety of ways that preceptors can help to facilitate this learning transfer, including:

    a. Demonstrate nursing actions

    b. Talking through actions to illustrate the preceptor's thinking process

    c. Role-modeling professional interactions

    d. Designing learning experiences and patient care assignments

    e. Assessing the student's readiness for assignments

    f. Giving feedback on performance

    o An effective preceptor should:

    g. Communicate clear expectations

    h. Connect information to broader concepts

    i. Answer questions clearly

    j. Explain the basis for actions and decisions

    k. Give appropriate responsibility to the novice nurse

    l. Be open to conflicting opinions

    o Maintains communication the Department Manager, Clinical Educator and Chief Nursing Officer regarding potential/actual problems or concerns with the orientee.

    o Supervises orientee providing direct patient care, with delegation of activities based on orientee knowledge and the preceptor's level of comfort with the orientee.

    o Provides direct and ongoing supervision of orientee with regard to conflict resolution and personnel policy compliance, including input and/or completion of performance evaluations and disciplinary actions.

    o Teaches, supervises and serves as a resource for orientee, assisting with clinical procedures and required patient care.

    o Assesses for and assists in implementation of orientee development programs to enhance professional growth.

    o Makes assignments for the orientee to provide for smooth transition and ensures appropriate assignments throughout shift to cover changing patient needs.

    o Actively participates in appropriate Department and Hospital committees and ensures that the orientee is involved in hospital / clinic process as appropriate.

    o Maintains own professional growth through appropriate organizations, workshops, seminars and other educational endeavors.

    o Maintains awareness of current developments and trends in nursing practice.

    o Organizes, coordinates, and facilitates the delivery of patient care activities throughout the shift, discharge planning.

    o Communicates and demonstrates appropriately with other members of the health care team to promote continuity of care.

    o Ensures repair and maintenance problems are reported promptly. Ensures all quality checks are conducted within given time frame, to include but not limited to refrigerator/freezer temperatures, crash cart, blanket warmer checks and other unit specific quality checks are completed as assigned.

    o Ensures that Departmental mission and objectives maintained for the unit with interpretation of these objectives to the orientee as necessary. Coordinates departmental activities with responsibility for the orientee and assessment of the quality and efficiency of these activities.

    o Other duties as assigned.

    Secondary Duties

    • Demonstrates 100% commitment to performing according to the CHOICE values of TMH and representing the organization in a positive and professional manner.
    • Establishes and maintains effective communication and good working relationships with all co?workers.
    • Adheres to TMH and surgical attire/dress code per policies and procedures.
    • Utilizes initiative; strives to maintain steady level of productivity; self-motivated; manages activity and time.
    • Completes annual education, training, in-service, and certification requirements; attends departmental staff meetings or reads meeting minutes.
    • Maintains regulatory requirements.
    • Maintains patient confidentiality at all times.
    • Reports to work on time and as scheduled; completes work within designated times.
    • Actively participates in departmental and facility performance improvement and continuous quality improvement activities.
    • Strives to ensure continual compliance with departmental, hospital, state and federal regulations and policies.
    • Follows policies and procedures for infection control, safety, and risk management to ensure a safe environment for patients, public and staff.
    • Participates in mandatory in-service and staff meetings.



    • High School diploma or equivalent required
    • Current Licensure by the Colorado State Board of Nursing required, BSN preferred
    • Current BLS CPR Certification required
    • Current TNCC Certification required
    • Current ACLS Certification
    • Current PALS Certification
    • Valid Colorado Driver's License required


    • Must be able to demonstrate understanding of national patient safety initiatives by strict compliance to all safety protocols and procedures as required by The Memorial Hospital at Craig.
    • Establishes priorities and makes independent decisions of a complex nature.
    • Must have knowledge of all aspects of Nursing Care


    • Required 2 years of experience in Staff RN Role
    • Preferred 1 year RN experience in current department
    • Previous leadership or supervisory experience preferred or have demonstrated leadership skills


    • Ability to read and communicate effectively in English
    • Additional languages encouraged
    • Comprehensive computer knowledge
    • Manage stress appropriately, handle multiple priorities and make decisions under pressure

    Work Environment:

    • Minimum of 36 hours clinical shifts each week for fulltime employees
    • Minimum of 24 hours clinical shifts each week for part-time/PRN employees
    • Assume leadership responsibilities on assigned Department as needed


    All equipment utilized in the Department, including clerical and medical equipment

    Mandatory Training & Involvement:

    • SWANK Education
    • Safety In-Service
    • Annual Competencies
    • NIMS Training: IS-100Hcb and IS-700A
    • Staff Meetings
    • Infection Control
    • Hazardous Materials
    • CHOICE Values
    • AIDET + P
    • LEAN training
    • ISO-9001