• The Implementation and Evaluation of a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist

      Scott-Herring, Mary J. (2017)
      There is little evidence to support the impact of a preceptor/mentor program for orienting newly hired certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs). However, the literature suggests that participation in a preceptor/mentorship program will increase the satisfaction, confidence and comfort of both preceptors and new hire orientees. Thus, the purpose of this project was to determine the impact of these outcomes. A preceptor/mentoring program was developed based on best evidence and implemented as a quality improvement project. Three sessions were held to educate preceptors (n=12) in the following areas: communication skills, providing constructive feedback, and assessing learner’s styles and needs. In addition, bi-weekly mentoring sessions were provided for the new hire CRNAs (n=2). Following analysis, the results suggested that participation in this workshop significantly increased CRNA preceptor satisfaction and comfort in the precepting experience. Though a smaller sample than desired, the new hire CRNAs answered that they were “mostly” or “very much” satisfied and confident at the completion of their orientation period. This program is something that can be expanded to include additional preceptors and be sustained with future new hires.