The Preceptor as Educator: Strengthening the CPM Credential

THE PRECEPTOR AS EDUCATOR: Strengthening the CPM Credential
A continuing education series for midwives

The Association of Midwifery Educators is pleased to offer the online continuing education series for midwives and educators: “The Preceptor as Educator: Strengthening the CPM Credential”. This series includes 6 separate courses for a total of 9 continuing education hours (0.9 CEUs). You may take them separately or “bundled” together as one unit, to save money.

These courses have been approved by the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC) for continuing education for Certified Professional Midwives. Midwives who are licensed, registered or certified in a state, province or other jurisdiction may contact their midwifery regulatory agency to find out how to apply their certificate(s) toward their continuing education requirements.

Click here to create a new account, or log in if you are already a Digital Chalk user. Choose the course you want, or take the entire series for $150 (a $30 savings over taking each course separately). Read the instructions thoroughly. Watch the video and take the post-test. You may retake the test if you don’t pass. When you’ve passed the post-test, Digital Chalk will prepare your continuing education certificate for you to download and print. Be sure to print and keep your certificate for documentation purposes.

Part 1: Preceptors: Providers of Essential Midwifery Education
1.5 continuing education hours
Cost $30
Presenter: Suzy Myers, CPM, LM, MPH
Objectives:

  • Identify characteristics of successful preceptors
  • Relate the stages of the Dreyfus Model of Skill Acquisition to assessing student midwife progress and readiness for instruction and clinical responsibilities
  • Describe the role of students in midwifery practices
  • Differentiate between the role of the midwifery assistant and the midwifery student
  • Explain ways to facilitate student learning

Part 2: Creating a Successful Preceptorship: The Essential Elements
1 continuing education hour
Cost $20
Presenter: Suzy Myers, CPM, LM, MPH
Objectives:

  • Describe elements of a successful preceptor-student relationship
  • Identify methods to evaluate student performance, critical thinking and problem solving abilities
  • Explain issues of reliability and objectivity related to student evaluation by both student and preceptor, the same student with different preceptors, and the same preceptor with different students
  • Contrast formative and summative evaluation and explain the purpose for each

Part 3: Precepting, Teaching and Meeting Challenges
1.5 continuing education hours
Cost $30
Presenter: Suzy Myers, CPM, LM, MPH
Objectives:

  • List the skills and abilities identified by preceptors and students as the most difficult to teach and to learn and employ strategies for teaching these competencies
  • Explain ways to gain client consent to include students in their care
  • Describe ways preceptors can build student confidence and encourage student progress
  • Critique student performance, assess and provide guidance to the failing student

Part 4: Ethics and the Preceptor/Student Relationship
1.5 continuing education hours
Cost $30
Presenter: Illysa Foster, CPM, LM, M.Ed
Objectives:

  • Describe the imbalance of power inherent in the preceptor-student relationship
  • Identify different types of power that preceptors have over students and the ethical considerations associated with exercising power
  • Apply findings from relevant psychology studies about the risks for abuse of authority to the midwifery student-preceptor relationship
  • Clarify potential for conflict due to differences in preceptor and student goals
  • Explain how to “Do Ethics” every day within the context of challenges inherent in the midwifery profession

Part 5: Inclusion and Cultural Awareness
2 continuing education hours
Cost $40
Presenter: Wendy Gordon, CPM, LM, MPH
Objectives:

  • Explain NARM’s cultural competency requirements for new and recertifying CPMs
  • Better identify our own individual cultural norms, values and beliefs
  • Relate Bennett’s model of intercultural awareness to our own cultural “lens” and our ability to relate to people from different cultures
  • Describe cultural differences regarding specific competencies such as eye contact, personal space, touching and decision making
  • Identify ways to integrate students from diverse populations into the preceptor’s clinical practice
  • Support student diversity to broaden the cultural representation of future midwives through successful clinical training and education

Part 6: NARM Requirements for CPM Certification
1.5 continuing education hours
Cost $30
Presenter: Ida Darragh, LM, CPM
Objectives

  • Explain NARM requirements for preceptors and students
  • Identify NARM’s process for CPM application including documenting knowledge, skills and clinical experiences
  • Describe how NARM performs a job analysis to determine what knowledge, skills and clinical experiences are essential to entry-level midwifery practice
  • Define NARM terms and requirements for assist, primary, direct supervision, preceptor, and preceptor’s signature
  • Identify how interested persons such as midwifery students and preceptors can access NARM application forms online and determine requirements for CPM certification

Click here to create a new account, or log in if you are already a Digital Chalk user. Choose the course you want, follow the instructions to pay and take the course. Read the instructions thoroughly. Watch the video and take the post-test. You may retake the test if you don’t pass. When you’ve passed the post-test, Digital Chalk will prepare your continuing education certificate for you to download and print.

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