Printer Friendly Foot Care Nurse Preceptor Course Outline
Inspiring Excellence in Nursing Education
Total Hours: 45
The Foot Care Nurse Preceptor (FCN PREC) course provides participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to assist an Educator for the clinical and mentorship portion of a Foot Care Nurse course. This comprehensive course explores adult learning theory, assessment and teaching principles. The curriculum is based on current Best Practice Guidelines and evidence-based practice, including the Canadian Association of Foot Care Nurses’ National Competencies for Advanced Nursing Foot Care in Canada (2017) and the WHO Nurse Educator Core Competencies (2016).
The FCN PREC course is offered online and designed for students to complete at their own pace. Assessment of the student’s comprehension for each module will be conducted through multiple choice evaluations.
- FCN Part 2 - Although NOT mandatory, applicants that have completed Foot Care Kingston's FCN Part 2 (Clinical) or equivalent, with a minimum grade of 85% in the past 5 years, will find this to be a strong asset when applying for a preceptorship after this course.
- Nursing Registration - Each applicant must hold a current non-restricted Nursing Registration/License (temporary or full) from the territory or province in which they reside.
- Professional Reference - Applicants are required to have practiced as a nurse for the last 2-5 years AND have a minimum of 750 nursing foot care practice hours within this timeframe. Applicants must have an employer or foot care health professional complete and submit an Applicant Reference form to validate that the applicant has met this prerequisite.
- CAFCN Membership - Applicants are required to be a current member of the Canadian Association of Foot Care Nurses (CAFCN) and must email an electronic copy of their valid CAFCN membership card and/or membership purchase receipt showing current registration to firstname.lastname@example.org on the same day the FCN PREC Course Application is submitted. The email subject line must contain the last and first name of the applicant and be formulated as follows: LAST, FIRST - CAFCN Membership.
- Required Reading
The student is expected to have obtained the following:
- Bastable, Susan B. (2018) Nurse as Educator: Principles of Teaching and Learning for Nursing Practice. 5th Edition. Burlington, Massachusetts: Jones & Bartlett.
- World Health Organization (2016) Nurse Educator Core Competencies. Geneva, Switzerland: WHO Press.
- Canadian Association of Foot Care Nurses National Competencies for Advanced Nursing Foot Care in Canada (2017). Canada: CAFCN.
- Supplemental/Recommended Reading
- Lazenby, Cindy. LM. (2017) Art & Science of Foot Care: A Clinical Resource for Nurses in Canada.
Computer Access and Computer Literacy Requirements
- Access to a high-speed internet connection.
- Access to a computer capable of downloading the most recent internet browsers, computer software and operating system updates.
- Ability to work through a web-based course, including the use of different websites and web applications. Students must be able to log onto the Preceptor Student Lounge, use personal email, download and view documents from PDF, Word, Excel and PowerPoint files and use shared documents and social media.
- One-on-one computer technical support is not covered in the tuition, as technological issues are beyond the scope of the course Facilitator and administrators. Students must be confident in the reliability of their computer, in their computer skills and have the ability to independently problem solve any computer and software issues that may arise. Problem solving may include asking a friend or local IT professional for support or searching online for IT and course-related questions.
- Tuition for Ontario nurses = $565.00 *early bird fee ($500.00 + 13% HST $65.00).
- Nurses from across Canada are welcome to apply. The early bird tuition of $500.00 + applicable tax applies to all students taking this course.
*Tuition paid after the early bird deadline will be an additional $150.00 + tax.
Access to our website's secure FCN PREC Student Lounge.
- 4 online evaluations.
- A course Facilitator to review your progress on your weekly evaluations and respond to your queries.
- Course administrative costs.
Tuition does not include:
- The course textbooks.
- Requests outside of normal course activities or outside of educational and administrative support activities, including requests for remedial evaluations, course transcripts and third-party correspondence.
- Technical computer support.
Refund and Withdrawal Policy
We advise prospective students to ensure this course is the right fit for them prior to sending tuition. Tuition received is non-refundable. Prospective students are also encouraged to contact us if they have any concerns prior to beginning your course.
Students meeting the minimum passing grade requirement will be provided with a certificate of completion from Foot Care Kingston.
Passing Grade: FCN PREC students must achieve a final mark of 85% or higher to successfully complete the FCN PREC course.
Students will be required to complete a multiple-choice evaluation for each of the four sections of this course. Each evaluation will count for 25% of the final grade. The course sections and marking distribution for each section evaluation is as follows:
- History of Education in Nursing & Learning Theory (25%)
- Learning Styles (25%)
- Evaluation, Assessment & Best Practice Guidelines (25%)
- Teaching Theory and the Role of the Preceptor (25%)
Student who achieve a grade average of 85% or more, calculated from the total of the above four evaluations will be considered to have met the FCN PREC course Exit Competencies. Exit Competencies to be evaluated consist of the minimum set of skills and knowledge required to competently assist an Educator for the clinical and mentorship portion of a Foot Care Nurse course.
Interpretation of Final Grades
Final Grade 85-100% (Pass)
- Competent - Meets expectations for Exit Competencies
- Recommendation - Student to receive a certificate of completion for the FCN Preceptor course and is considered competent to assist an Educator in the delivery of the clinical and mentorship portion of a Foot Care Nurse course.
Final Grade 0-84% (Fail)
- Not Competent - Does not meet Exit Competencies effectively or consistently.
- Recommendation - Recommended to apply for re-entry to the course.
FCN PREC Exit Competencies
Upon completion of the course, the student must meet the Exit Competencies listed below which have been adapted for this course from the WHO Nurse Educator Core Competencies (2016). These, plus others, will be elaborated on in the Foot Care Nurse Educator (FCNEd) course.
Competency 1: Nurse Educators possess a sound understanding of contemporary educational theories, principles and models underlying the design of curricula and the value of adult learning.
1.1. Exhibit an understanding of conceptual and theoretical foundations and principles related to health profession education and adult learning.
1.2. Analyze and recognize domains of learning (cognitive, affective and psychomotor) and their application in different academic contexts.
Competency 2: Nurse Educators demonstrate the skills and abilities to design, implement, monitor and manage curricula based on sound, contemporary educational models, principles, and best evidence.
2.1. Identify ways to create curricula which support context-based nursing practice needs and reflect current trends in the health-care environment.
2.2. Understand how to formulate evaluation tools for teaching and learning experiences, and use results to monitor learners' performance and desired outcomes of courses.
Competency 3: Nurse Educators demonstrate effective communication skills that promote collaborative teamwork and enhance partnership among health profession educational and clinical practice.
3.1. Exhibit an understanding of best practice in nursing education. Articulate the importance of standardized assessments and Best Practice Guidelines.
Competency 4: Nurse Educators utilize a variety of strategies to monitor and evaluate nursing programmes, curricula and mastery of student learning.
4.1. Identify a variety of assessment tools and methods to ascertain student competence in cognitive, affective and psychomotor domains.
4.2. Identify ways to foster learner's self-assessment skills and reflection on teaching and learning activities.
Appendix A: Student Responsibilities
1. Educator Support
The contact information for your course Facilitator and their support team is provided on the first page of the FCN PREC Student Lounge. All queries will be responded to within 1-3 business days.
2. How to Complete Multiple Choice Evaluations
Students will receive instructions on how to log into the FCN PREC Student Lounge on the first day of the course. Once on the FCN PREC Student Lounge, students see the course divided in four sections. The link for each evaluation is located at the bottom of the page of each section.
All evaluations are multiple choice. Once the evaluation is submitted a page will appear with your mark, as well as feedback and resources for further study.
Evaluations will require students to perform different activities to receive full marks, including answering questions using information from course materials and research.
3. Helpful Multiple Choice Tips
Multiple-choice evaluations measure knowledge and comprehension of application, critical thinking and affect of the topic.
- Prior to completing the evaluation, review all references and resources provided for the week.
- Read each question carefully.
- If a question seems to have all correct answers, consider the most important, relevant, credible, professional, comprehensive answer. Incorrect answers can often be readily eliminated.
- Don't assume any information not provided.
- Try to resist changing your answers unless a later question gave you an absolute reason for changing.
- Read through all questions before answering any. This will get you thinking ahead of time and you may see connections between information that you had missed earlier.
- Answer the questions that come easily first! You'll be able to focus on the difficult questions with a sense of accomplishment and optimism.
Your feedback is important to us. We encourage all students to complete the course satisfaction survey provided at the end of the course and to communicate with the FCN PREC course Facilitator throughout the course with any questions or concerns.
5. Internet Connection Problems
Students are responsible for completing the course requirements by the last day of the course regardless of any computer or internet connection problems.
6. Foot Care Kingston Employment Opportunities
Completing this course does not guarantee employment with Foot Care Kingston.
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