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PDFWAC 246-840-533

Nursing preceptors, interdisciplinary preceptors, and proctors in clinical or practice settings for nursing students located in Washington state.

(1) Nursing preceptors, interdisciplinary preceptors, and proctors may be used to enhance clinical or practice learning experiences after a student has received instruction and orientation from program faculty who confirm the student is adequately prepared for the clinical or practice experience. For the purpose of this section:
(a) A nursing preceptor means a practicing licensed nurse who provides personal instruction, training, and supervision to any nursing student, and meets all requirements of subsection (4) of this section.
(b) An interdisciplinary preceptor means a practicing health care provider who is not a licensed nurse, but provides personal instruction, training, and supervision to any nursing student, and meets all requirements of subsection (5) of this section.
(c) A proctor means an individual who holds an active credential in one of the professions identified in RCW 18.130.040 who monitors students during an examination, skill, or practice delivery, and meets all requirements of subsection (6) of this section.
(2) Nursing education faculty are responsible for the overall supervision and evaluation of the student and must confer with each primary nursing and interdisciplinary preceptor, and student at least once during each phase of the student learning experience:
(a) Beginning;
(b) Midpoint; and
(c) End.
(3) A nursing preceptor or an interdisciplinary preceptor shall not precept more than two students at any one time.
(4) A nursing preceptor may be used in nursing education programs when the nursing preceptor:
(a) Has an active, unencumbered nursing license at or above the level for which the student is preparing;
(b) Has at least one year of clinical or practice experience as a licensed nurse at or above the level for which the student is preparing;
(c) Is oriented to the written course and student learning objectives prior to beginning the preceptorship;
(d) Is oriented to the written role expectations of faculty, preceptor, and student prior to beginning the preceptorship; and
(e) Is not a member of the student's immediate family, as defined in RCW 42.17A.005(27); or have a financial, business, or professional relationship that is in conflict with the proper discharge of the preceptor's duties to impartially supervise and evaluate the nurse.
(5) An interdisciplinary preceptor may be used in nursing education programs when the interdisciplinary preceptor:
(a) Has an active, unencumbered license in the area of practice appropriate to the nursing education faculty planned student learning objectives;
(b) Has the educational preparation and at least one year of clinical or practice experience appropriate to the nursing education faculty planned student learning objectives;
(c) Is oriented to the written course and student learning objectives prior to beginning the preceptorship;
(d) Is oriented to the written role expectations of faculty, preceptor, and student prior to beginning the preceptorship; and
(e) Is not a member of the student's immediate family, as defined in RCW 42.17A.005(27); or have a financial, business, or professional relationship that is in conflict with the proper discharge of the preceptor's duties to impartially supervise and evaluate the nurse.
(6) A proctor who monitors, teaches, and supervises students during the performance of a task or skill must:
(a) Have the educational and experiential preparation for the task or skill being proctored;
(b) Have an active, unencumbered credential in one of the professions identified in RCW 18.130.040;
(c) Only be used on rare, short-term occasions to proctor students when a faculty member has determined that it is safe for a student to receive direct supervision from the proctor for the performance of a particular task or skill that is within the scope of practice for the nursing student; and
(d) Is not a member of the student's immediate family, as defined in RCW 42.17A.005(27); or have a financial, business, or professional relationship that is in conflict with the proper discharge of the preceptor's duties to impartially supervise and evaluate the nurse.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.79.110. WSR 19-08-026, § 246-840-533, filed 3/27/19, effective 4/27/19. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.79.010, 18.79.110, 18.79.150, 18.79.190, and 18.79.240. WSR 16-17-082, § 246-840-533, filed 8/17/16, effective 9/17/16.]
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